7 reasons to study in London

29 Jul 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Where you choose to study has a big influence on your uni experience. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with making that decision, and our guides include all the top reasons to study in cities around the UK, helping you make the best choice for your future.

London is home to world-leading universities and a huge student population. So if you’re considering the Capital for university, here are seven reasons to study in London.

1. London has everything

No matter what you want from your uni experience, London will have it. It’s a city with over 7,000 bars and pubs, cuisines from all over the world and every high street shop you can think of. It has something for every taste, as well as many places that consider your tighter student budget and, well, it’s London! You’ll be living in one of the most famous cities in the world, with fast-track connections to Manchester, Liverpool, [SC1] Paris or even the Alps. If there is one thing we can guarantee about being a student in London, you’ll never be bored.

2. The universities

London is a centre of excellence for education. We know that choosing your city often means a lot more than choosing the right university, but the likes of Imperial College London, University College London and King’s College London provide an education that is recognised and valued worldwide, providing another reason why you should study in London. Studying in London can open the door to unique opportunities around the world, and the chance to study abroad during your degree. The range of courses spread across over 40 higher education institutions, allowing you to study whatever your heart desires. There’s even a big difference in entry requirements, so experience level doesn’t have to be an issue if you didn’t follow the traditional A-Level route in school. There is nowhere in the UK that can offer as much opportunity as the Capital.

3. Entertainment and culture

Being a student can often mean you have a lot of free time, long holidays and a real desire to chase new experiences. London is one city where you’ll never run out of stuff to do, and you can easily satisfy that need to explore and try new things. London is home to some of the most famous cultural attractions in the country, including the British Museum, Tate Galleries, Notting Hill Carnival and the O2. If you’re after some weekend entertainment, London’s O2 Arena is home to the world’s most popular music, sport, and comedy venues, welcoming names like Liam Gallagher and Stormzy, as well as hosting the annual Brit Awards ceremony. If you’re a fan of architecture, you’ll never get bored of your surroundings in London too! The city is home to some of the most impressive and iconic buildings in the world, such as The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

4. The sport

Sport is another reason why you should study in London. If you like watching live games, London is home to some of the biggest sports clubs in the UK. You can see six Premier League football clubs play in London, including the famous North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs. If you prefer rugby, the Harlequins, Saracens, London Irish and London Wasps all play in the Capital. If you’re someone who thinks watching live sport and meeting friends at the pub is a perfect way to spend a Saturday, London could be the city for you. As well as having a range of sports degrees available, London universities also have reputable sports teams that compete at the top of the university leagues. If you’re keen to play sports during your time at uni, London isn’t short of opportunities.

5. The nightlife

In terms of diversity, London is unbeatable when it comes to nightlife. Whether you prefer pubs, cocktail bars, night clubs or live music, you’ll find yourself at home in the Capital. Shoreditch is the hipster district of London where you’ll find pubs and nightclubs offering a wide variety of music, check out the Happiness Forgets for a secret underground bar with a relaxed atmosphere. Alternatively, head to Camden Town for a pub crawl you’ll never forget. Camden is home to the biggest pub in Europe, The World’s End, which has hosted the likes of Radiohead and is one of the most popular bars in the area.

6. Opportunities to travel

London is a city connected to the world, and the travel opportunities are another reason why you should consider studying in London. London has 5 airports and 300 train stations, with direct flights and trains to destinations all around the UK and Europe. Your time at university is also one of the best times to travel, during the summer holidays you can have up to 3 months to plan a trip anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a weekend in Paris or an interrailing trip around Eastern Europe, London puts you in a great position to book cheap and fast travel.

7. Networking and post grad jobs

Thanks to London’s amazing size and diversity you’ll meet a wide variety of professionals from all over the world during your time at uni. Meeting the right contacts can boost your future career prospects, and London alone has more post grad opportunities than anywhere else in the UK. If you’re someone who has high ambitions after university, studying in London will put you in a great position to find a post grad job in a city where you already feel familiar and settled. It’s also much easier to find a part-time job or internship during your studies, helping you build your experience before you graduate.

We hope our reasons to consider studying in London help you make the right decision for your future. If London is already on your radar and you’re looking for student accommodation, we have a range of rooms available located throughout the city.

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Staff writer at The Common Room