Students in London

Living in London

A world city

Want to study in an exciting multicultural city? You won't be disappointed in London. With more international students choosing London than any other city, you won't be alone. Love open spaces and not sure a big city is for you? 30% of London is open space and there are over 140 parks and gardens to choose from. Whether you want to visit one of the 90 museums and galleries, see one of the 200 attractions, go to a festival, a football match or a musical, there's always something to do in London.

What makes London unique?

World class attractions

There's always something to do

With four World Heritage sites and hundreds of world famous attractions, you won’t ever be bored in London. See the crown jewels in the Tower of London, visit Buckingham Palace or see the city from above in the London Eye. Most attractions offer discounts to students. You’ll even find that many of the museums and galleries including the Natural History Museum, V&A and Tate Modern are free.

A global city

A city for international students

London attracts more international students than any other city in the world so you won't be on your own. More than 300 different languages are spoken in the city and one in four Londoners are born outside the UK. Along with the food, events and festivals reflect London's multicultural diversity. Some of the biggest celebrations can be found here and there’s no shortage of places of worship.

Amazing shopping

Shop until you drop

There is something for everyone in London, from the street markets of Camden and Spitalfields to iconic department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. Popular UK high street fashion brands locate their flagship stores on London's Oxford Street and many designer stores can be found in the quirky Covent Garden area. Close to our London campuses you’ll find Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping centre offering a mix of high street and designer stores.

Food in London

From Chinese to Italian, French to Indian, Lebanese to Korean, there are thousands of restaurants, markets, street stalls and cafés of all price ranges that reflect the city’s multicultural population.

Head to Chinatown for a wide selection of Chinese restaurants, Brick lane for a curry or Southall for Caribbean cuisine.

Of course, don’t forget to enjoy some of the UK’s specialties like fish and chips or a traditional roast dinner in a cosy pub.

Nightlife in London

London is well known for its party atmosphere and non-stop nightlife, with thousands of stylish bars and cool clubs to explore. On any night of the week you will find a range of events, many of which are free or discounted for students.

Much of London's nightlife is centred around the West End, including Soho, but most neighbourhoods have their own bars, pubs and clubs.

There are also hundreds of comedy nights, musicals and theatre shows to see, and countless cinemas showing everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to the best of international film.

Sport in London

Watch a football match at Wembly, a rugby game at Twickenham, cricket at Lords or tennis at Wimbledon. You're spoilt for sporting choice in London. Would rather take part than watch? London’s student unions offer a full range of sports and are a great way to keep fit and meet new friends.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers a range of world-class sports facilities and is just a couple of tube stops away from campus. Cycle round the Lee Valley VeloPark or swim in the London Aquatics Centre as the Olympians did in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Getting around London

Getting around London couldn’t be easier. London is served by a huge underground network of trains, often called the ‘Tube’. They run every few minutes on routes that are called lines. The Tube is one of the most popular ways to travel in London.

London buses are cheaper than the Tube but you can no longer use cash to pay. You’ll need an Oyster or contactless payment card. An Oyster card also gets you great discounts on the Tube so it’s worth having one.

One of the best ways to explore London is on foot. Central London is very easy to walk around and often it is quicker to walk than catch a tube or bus.

Love cycling? There are 700 docking stations around London where you can hire a bicycle. There’s a small charge for accessing the bikes for 24 hours but the first half hour is free. 

Further afield

London has excellent transport links if you’re looking to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

There are nine major train stations in London that provide links across the UK. You can take the Eurostar from St Pancras International station and be in Paris in less than two hours.

Five major airports serve London, including Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports. All of the airports are easy to get to from central London using public transport, and offer flights to other cities in the UK, mainland Europe and long-haul international flights.

Employability in London

London has the largest economy of any city in Europe and, alongside New York, is one of the biggest financial centres in the world. It is also a global centre for culture, fashion, media, sport and much more.

You will be surrounded by world-leading organisations, global brands and international financial institutions, providing invaluable opportunities for research and employment.

The City of London's square mile is home to many influential businesses and institutions, including the Bank of England and London Stock Exchange, as well as Lloyds of London, the iconic Gherkin building, and offices of over 500 international banks.

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