With over 100,000 international students studying in England’s capital city annually, London is easily the top study abroad destination. International students from over 200 different nations make London a global, vibrant and diverse city. Here are just a few reasons why you should give London studying a go.
1. Number of universities
London is home to one of the largest concentrations of universities and higher education institutions in the world with over 40 institutions. Whether you like small, quirky universities or larger research based institutions, you have options in London.
2. Global rankings
Not only does London have a lot of universities, they have really good ones. Four of the top universities in the world reside in London, and have some of the highest combined research incomes and Nobel Prize laureates in residence.
The UK has some of the best, and oldest, libraries in the world (check out the Bodleian Library in Oxford next to Oxford Brookes University for a real treat), but many of them are in London and are absolutely free! From the British Library, which houses over 150 million books, to the more obscure, the 120 plus London based libraries will have everything you could want or need as a student.
4. Museums and galleries
Museums are a big deal in London. With over 1,000, there is something for every niche you can think of. From giants like the British Museum and Natural History Museum to the smaller ones like Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill, you could spend a lifetime visiting them all. We recommend the National Gallery, a short 15-minute walk from King’s College London, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
Parks are a natural, literally, safe haven in a concrete jungle. The centerpieces of Greater London's park system are the eight Royal Parks. They are Green Park, St. James's Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park, Bushy Park, and Richmond Park, located just a half mile from the University of Roehampton.
With 350 plus music venues, you’ll likely catch your fair share of concerts in London. For a combined bucket list item, check out the Royal Albert Hall. Commissioned by Queen Victoria in her late husband’s name in 1871, it displays beautiful Italianate architecture, unique and amazing acoustics and just feels absolutely fit for royals. It’s most famous for holding the Proms concerts annually but acts like Cirque du Soleil hold regular shows as well as sport championships, chiefly tennis.
Londoners might beg to disagree, but the Tube, Overground and the bus system are the best in the world. Clean, safe and regular there is nearly nowhere you can’t get to on public transport. Transport fees occur by Zones where you can pay per ride or buy weekly/monthly passes and ride till your heart is content. Setting your sights a little further than London? No problem. London has 5 airports, including London Heathrow located a stone’s throw away from Brunel University London, connecting you to England, Wales, Scotland and mainland Europe at very competitive prices.
London’s West End rivals New York City’s Broadway but far older and much more developed than its younger American sister. London theater flourished after the English Reformation, think 1570s, and hasn’t let up since. First home to William Shakespeare's company and the Globe Theatre, London has hundreds of spaces for live theater, dance, opera, ballet and cinema all with varying interests and fees, some even free!
From Royal historical palaces such as Tower of London and Hampton Court to religious institutions like Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, history is all around you in London. Looking for some modern history? Royal Holloway, University of London’s Founder Building is the backdrop of 10 films and television programs including Downton Abbey and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Opened by(you guessed it!) Queen Victoria in 1886, it combines French Renaissance architecture and functionality, housing a gallery, main lecture theatre, non-denominational chapel, a library, a Hall of Residence, and a bar.
10. Free stuff
London is an expensive metropolitan city but is the most forgiving to student budgets. With most museums free, dozens of open air markets, loads of outdoor entertainment and student discount tickets aplenty, get out and make the most of your study abroad in London.
Ready to start your London study abroad journey?
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