Living in London

Want to study in an exciting multicultural city? You won't be disappointed in London. With international students from all over the world choosing London as their home, you won't be alone.

It's England's capital - one of the busiest and most exciting cities in the UK. But it's not all concrete and buildings! 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?

  • The best city in the world for university students (QS Best Student Cities 2018).
  • Home to 4 of the world's top 40 universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).
  • Home to 100,000+ international students from all over the world (London Higher 2017).
  • Thousands of green parks and beautiful open spaces.
  • A global capital of culture, with hundreds of museums, galleries and live music performances every day.

London's world class attractions

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.

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 Wembley, a rugby game at Twickenham, cricket at Lords or tennis at Wimbledon. You're spoilt for sporting choice in London. Would you 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.

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.

Amazing shopping

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.

Festivals and events in London

Events and festivals throughout the year, along with the huge variety of food from across the world, reflect London’s multicultural diversity – some of the biggest celebrations can be found here, and there’s no shortage of places to worship.

Travel in and 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.

Explore the UK from London

London has excellent transport links to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.

There are nine major train stations in London that provide links across the UK. And you can also visit other European cities, including Paris, Brussels and Lille using the Eurostar.

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

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