Three things to consider when looking to study in London

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Many students considering the UK for their university study are attracted to studying in London. As the UK’s political, economic and cultural hub, it has something for everyone:

For students thinking of applying to universities in London, here are some points to be aware of:

London is more than just central London

If you’ve visited London as a tourist, you may be associating university study there with famous sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral. However, London has much more than just these famous areas, and some wonderful universities are located outside of the centre of London, but with great access across the city through public transportation. Don’t limit yourself to the centre but consider options in the north, south, east and west of the city.

Accommodation in London is not the same as in other world cities

Some of the most historic universities in London have campuses in the city, but these campuses can be purely academic in nature. It’s actually fairly common for students to not live in accommodation co-located to their academic buildings, and indeed perhaps even a decent commute away. This might be in accommodation owned by your university, it might be in accommodation (such as University of London Halls of Residence) shared by a number of universities, or it could be in private student accommodation open to any university students.

London is very popular, making it quite selective

All the attractions of London mean that many students want to study there, which can inflate the selectivity of some universities that might not be as popular if there were not in the city. As a result, it’s important to think about how much you want to be in London vs the (perhaps perceived) quality of the course or the university. Many excellent universities located within an hour of London, but not in the city itself, offer wonderful options as well as smooth transport links into the city.

London is a great option for so many students, please get in touch if you’d like help exploring the next steps.