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Living in London

When deciding where to start your study abroad journey, London should be top of your list. With international students from all over the world choosing London as their home, you'll be joining a thriving and diverse community here. Immerse yourself in local London, with cool street markets, art and fashionable shops – and enjoy life set among the bright lights of England's capital city.

Whoever you are and whatever you enjoy, you'll love living in the heart of London. 

Why students love London

Exploring London and beyond

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Image of London skyline taken from Hampstead Heath

A land of opportunity, London is a great place to start your career and get ahead in your industry. Here, you'll get access to top global companies, diverse industries and unmatched networking opportunities. 

London is the perfect place to taste the different flavors of the world, reflecting the city’s multicultural population. 

There are thousands of dining spots to explore here. Head to Chinatown for a wide selection of Chinese restaurants, Brick Lane for a curry or Brixton for Caribbean cuisine. Of course, don’t forget to try some of the UK’s specialties like fish and chips or a traditional roast dinner in a cozy pub. 

Studying in London is a good opportunity to practice important life skills, including money management and looking for ways to make your allowance further. Here's a sample estimated budget to get you started (actual costs may vary): 

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University accommodation

From £355

Learn more about the cost of studying in the UK in this blog

London might be a big city, but getting around couldn’t be easier with the city’s excellent public transport system. You can explore the city by cycling or walking. You can also ride the iconic red buses, or the underground network of trains called the “Tube.” 

If you plan to explore other parts of the UK, there are nine major stations that provide links across the country. You can also visit other European cities including Paris, Brussels and Lille using the Eurostar. 

Whether you are an art buff, theater fan, museumgoer or music lover, you'll find what you enjoy in London.   

  • Music – hundreds of live music and concert venues, from the world-famous Royal Albert Hall to The O2. There are also lots of small music venues, pubs or clubs around London to experience local music and discover up-and-coming musicians. 

  • Museums – there are 192 museums in London, with 11 national museums including The British Museum and the Natural History Museum. 

  • Galleries – admire traditional and contemporary art exhibited in hundreds of galleries in London, including the Tate Modern, The National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and more. 

  • Festivals – experience one-of-a-kind festivals and events such as Notting Hill Carnival, Chinese New Year and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. For more information about events in London, visit this official visitor guide. 

  • Theater – watch world-famous productions in the West End. There are also hundreds of comedy nights, musicals and theater shows to see, and countless cinemas showing everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to the best international films. 

Watch a football match at Wembley, a rugby game at Twickenham, cricket at Lords or tennis at Wimbledon. London is a haven for every sports fan. 

Would you rather take part than watch the games? Try various sporting activities at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, cycle around the Lee Valley VeloPark and swim in the London Aquatics Centre. 

Ready to start your study abroad journey in London?