Reading Comprehension 3

                                          CLUB FOR STUDENTS

There are a variety of Clubs which provide social and cultural activities for those wishing to meet others with similar interests from the same or from different national backgrounds.

A   Commonwealth Trust

Organised discussion meetings, learned talks, cultural events, excursions to places of interest and invitations to major British diary events. Open to overseas visitors and students.

B   Charles Peguy Centre

French youth centre providing advice, support and information to young Europeans aged between 18-30.  Facilities include an information and advice service regarding education, work placement and general welfare rights.  Moreover the centre holds a database of jobs, accommodation and au pair placements specifically in London.  Members may use a fax machine, a copier and computers for CVs.

Hours:  Monday: 14.00-17.00

             Tuesday-Friday: 10.00-17.00

Membership: £35 per year, plus £5 per month.

C  Kensington Committee of Friendship for Overseas Students

KCOF is the society for young people from all countries.  Each month there are some 40 parties, discos, visits to theatres, concerts, walks and other gatherings where you will be able to meet lots of people.  A new programme is sent each month directly to members( £5 to join in October, less later in the year).  Events are free or at low, often reduced, prices.  Office open 10.30-17.30 weekdays only.

D Royal Overseas League

Open 365 days per year, this is a club with facilities in London and Edinburgh with restaurants, bars and accommodation.  There are branches around the world and 57 reciprocal clubs world-wide.  Quarterly magazine, literary lectures, annual music and art competitions, and summer and winter programme of events for members.  Membership fees: overseas students aged 17-24, £47 per year + initial joining fee £23.50; others £70 per year + initial joining fee £35 (half price after July). Further information from the Membership Secretary.

E   YMCA London Central

Facilities include: photography, art, drama, pottery, language courses, badminton, squash, exercise to music, circuit training, sports clinic, fitness testing and other activities.

Hours: weekdays 07.00-22.30, weekends

10.00-21.00.  Membership fees: aged 16-17 £25 per year plus attendance charge of £1.30 per visit; aged 18-19, £213 per year; aged 20-25 £366 per year.

F  London Inter-Varsity Club (IVC)

IVC is an activities and social club with a varied range of events, from cycling and drama to windsurfing and yoga.  Most members are young English professionals, but overseas visitors are welcome. The club arranges restaurant meals, dancing and parties, weekends away around Britain, plus a weekly club night in a Covent Garden bar.  There are usually over 25 different events every week run by IVC members for IVC members.  To find out more, telephone the club or write (Freepost) to the office.

G  Central Club

Provides accommodation and club facilities. No membership fee.  Coffee shop open for all meals, swimming pool (open 06.00), multi-gym, hairdressing salon.