RCDS is situated at the heart of London in Belgravia, at Seaford House.Originally built in 1842 and extensively refurbished in 1902, Seaford House is one of the finest town houses in London. The College moved into this site in 1946. The main lecture hall can accommodate 110 and there are eight seminar rooms and a number of study areas around the building.
The College has its own library which houses an extensive collection of approximately 26,000 books and pamphlets focusing on security studies,politics and international affairs. It has a large collection of research papers - including a full set of Members’ dissertations and Seaford House Papers. The Library subscribes to a wide range of current periodical titles and provides Members with access to a number of e-journals and on-line databases primarily designed to assist them with their research. Members who undertake the MA option also have access to the libraries at the University of London.
The College has its own IT team to support staff and Members. WiFi is available throughout the building. The College also has a comprehensive VTC capability, including in the lecture hall in order to deliver lectures from around the world.
The College does not offer any accommodation on site. Members either rent privately in London or may be entitled to use the 40 Defence Infrastructure properties reserved for RCDS in Kingston upon Thames. The College offers access to a small gym on site and has locker rooms for male and female Members. There is also an active social programme throughout the year.