Study abroad in London

One of the world's best student cities

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. 

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.

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What makes London unique?

  • Top 3 best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2014).
  • Home to 18 of the world's best universities.
  • A huge student population - 380,000 students live here, including 100,000 international students.
  • One of the greenest capital cities in the world, with over 3,000 parks and open spaces. 
  • A global capital of culture, with 200+ museums and galleries and 200 live music performances a day.

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.

London's main attractions

With four World Heritage sites and hundreds of world famous attractions, you won’t ever be bored in London. Here are some of the best bits:

  • Tower of London
  • London Eye
  • Big Ben
  • Houses of Parliament
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • National Gallery
  • Buckingham Palace

Managing your money

After your first few weeks in London, you'll have a good idea of how much things cost. To help with this, the table below outlines an estimated monthly budget (excluding tuition and accommodation fees), as an indication.

Item Cost per month
Food £250
Entertainment/social activities £175
Travel (local) £89
Clothes and toiletries £60
Other expenses (eg haircut) £50
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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.

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.

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.

Employability in London

Is your future career in London? As the 'most influential city in the world' (Forbes Magazine) it could be. 

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.