Coming to London College of Communication this year? Here are some insider tips on the college, its surroundings and life as an LCC student. Read on…
Elephant & Castle: tips and highlights
The Shopping Centre in Elephant & Castle is a real highlight. Few areas are left in London as raw and honest as Elephant & Castle and its Shopping Centre, right across from LCC: as soon as you step in, you feel as if you have stepped into another world, completely different from your regular London with organic coffee shops and chain restaurants. Here you get stalls with no-brand clothes and sneakers, CDs of underground musicians on display, loud music blasting and a strong scent of Nag Champa incense. Oh and not mention all you can eat: Brazilian, Trinidad, Tobagan and Indian food. Also there’s a sweet old school bowling alley upstairs on the top floor of the Shopping Centre, dead cheap and sometime there’s a cool gang of grannies that come and play…
We know it sucks that the canteen doesn’t accept cards still, hopefully this will change someday, but until then, the closest cash machine can be found in the Shopping Centre. Just make sure you get enough for those extra onion rings: believe us, you’ll want them!
If you ever feel in need of some vitamin D and some fresh green grass then you can always go to the Imperial War Museum’s park, which is just 5 minutes away from LCC. It is a big and quiet park and it’s mostly empty. Of course, if you have time, you can always drop by the museum as well. It’s free and they have a pretty cool exhibition on spy gadgets going as far back as World War 1, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall.
LCC: making the most of the college
Make sure you sign up to all the workshops from Screen Printing and Etching to Letterpress and 3D. The beauty of it is that you can do this no matter what course you are on. They are a great resource, a fantastic source of inspiration and they will prove extremely helpful come Degree Show. Just explore the Workshop Block where most of them are and put your name on the induction list found in every single one of them. And even if they are fully booked sometimes is worth popping along to the inductions anyway, usually someone doesn’t show up and you can take their place.
During your time at LCC you will probably spend most of it in the library, which is a good thing. The library is an amazing place with an enormous amount of inspiring books and resources. Also, you have to make sure you check out the DVD section. You will find a huge range of quality films and hidden gems there, which are not that easy to find online. Make sure to check out the magazine section too: it stocks a whole host of industry magazines to keep you in the know.
Although you might not have classes in the Tower Block, make sure you at least once take the lift to the top floor. You get an amazing view of London from there and, unlike the Shard and St. Pauls, it’s free to enjoy!
LCC: pro tips
There’s an italian lady who works in the canteen and she is lovely. But never, ever, EVER leave your plates on the table or she will make sure you will never do it again.
Also, never, ever, EVER leave your students card at him unless you want a reason to walk to LCC and then back home and then back to LCC. There is no way you can convince the security guys to let you in. Believe us, we’ve tried…
You know that mysterious building in the centre of the Elephant & Castle roundabout? People believe it’s the home of Aphex Twin. Find proof and be guaranteed cool points for the rest of your time in the college.