Choosing where to study in the UK can be tricky – most undergraduates want to move away from their hometown for a new experience and to meet new people, but many are conflicted when it comes to picking an exact location.
This is especially difficult for those considering studying in London. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories – the price of living is extortionate, and for those of you from up North, it may be difficult to adjust to the sharp brusqueness of Londoners themselves.
However, London is a bustling city that is often referred to as its own microcosm, and it offers many exciting and unique options to students. In this article, we look at 7 reasons you might want to study in London.
The choice of universities is huge
London has one of the largest concentrations of educational institutions in the world. There are 40 universities in London alone (and that’s not including the foreign universities with branches there).
Students looking to study in London are spoilt for choice, really… here, you’ll find some of the world’s oldest and most respected educational institutions, as well as newer, more specialist outfits.
Some of the top-performing London-based universities are listed below:
– Brunel University London
– Goldsmiths University of London
– King’s College London
– Kingston University
– Imperial College London
– University College London
There are many more, including conservatoires and smaller specialists. See here for the comprehensive list.
You’ll always be able to access top-quality resources
Because there are so many Universities in London, the sheer number of resources on offer is incredible.
Here, you’ll find The British Library (perfect for all those hours spent referencing), and the Wellcome collection; a free museum and library based in Euston.
London is huge!
For some people, the sheer size of London is enough to put them off studying there. Everyone knows a native Londoner who still doesn’t know their way from South to East, but don’t let this discourage you.
One advantage to London’s size is the fact that it’s split into hundreds of smaller, more compact communities. For example, you’ll find that within the bounds of Central, South, East, West, and North London are multiple smaller areas akin to towns or villages.
Yes, it’s busy, and the closer you get to the centre of London the more expensive and noisy things tend to be, but many students find themselves living within close communities dotted around in the little pockets London divides itself into.
The culture is massively diverse
Regardless of whether you’re coming from abroad or simply from elsewhere, you’ll never feel out of place in London. It’s a cultural melting pot for students and other people from all around the world and the UK, and there are defined areas where natives of a particular continent or nationality congregate.
Add to this the hundreds of cultural events taking place every year, the huge variety in languages spoken, and the diversity of the people on your course, and you can be sure you’ll graduate having been exposed to an entirely unique blend of cultural differences.
There are ways to live on a budget
London isn’t cheap – this isn’t really up for debate. However, there are several ways you can get around the expense of living in the country’s capital.
One way to keep a few pennies for yourself is by shopping at markets instead of chain stores. London abounds with independent shopping opportunities for everything you could possibly think of – try Portobello Road for vintage clothing, and Walthamstow for cheap groceries and fresh street food.
Also, keep an eye out for anti-waste apps like TooGoodToGo and Olio, both of which help cafes and restaurants sell perfectly good food for a reduced price.
The architecture is spectacular
As one of the oldest cities in the UK, London boasts some of the most impressive architecture you’ll likely ever see. Most of it is listed, with property styles in Central London ranging from Georgian Neoclassical and Regency to Victorian and Edwardian.
There is also a significant percentage of London architecture that falls into the Art Deco, Brutalist, and modern skyscraper categories – we promise that wherever you go, there will be a fantastically preserved building to look at.
You can work part-time
London is a central hub for business, meaning that there are always graduate jobs, internships, and placements going for students. Plus, you’ll be able to work part-time thanks to the sheer number of cafes, bars, pubs, shops, hotels, and clubs.
Some universities discourage students from working during term-time (with Oxford and Cambridge outright banning it) but if you can manage to juggle both your studies and a part-time job, you may find that doing so helps you get through your course with a little extra in your back pocket.
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