October 21, 2015
Maybe unsurprisingly, its almost mythical history and vibrant culture, as well as its top educational and career opportunities, have made it the world’s most visited city. Sorry, Paris, New York and Tokyo – you just don’t cut the mustard in comparison.
With this in mind, what are you waiting for? Come and join us in your capital…
Life in London
With internationally famous museums and galleries, some of the world’s best restaurants (plus a constant stream of innovative, ever-changing pop-ups) and a constantly vibrant and evolving nightlife, London might be one of the most exciting places in the world to be a student – especially because it has every nation in the world represented. Multiculturalism is key – from Brick Lane’s Bangladeshi community to the Jewish community in North London – and what better place to start your university journey than in a city that is so welcoming and inclusive?
In terms of nightlife, you’re likely to find the best crowds and most exciting bars in East London (try Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney), as well as centrally – where you’ll find club behemoths including Fabric and the Ministry of Sound. If you pitch up north, Old Street, Angel and Camden (for KOKO and XOYO) are always a good choice. Where you choose to study your course, and wherever you choose to live, your life in London is guaranteed to be busy, full of new experiences and extremely exciting. You’ll get the best experience of London if you grab the city and everything it has to offer with both hands – from the frantically busy markets to artistic treasures to lazy weekend brunches in the city’s many independent restaurants. If you’re a person who craves new experiences, you should make this city your new home.
Being the capital, London is the most expensive city to live in as a student and rents are predictably much higher than elsewhere in the UK. Affordable and well-connected areas are around, though – you’ll find the most value for money and tourist-free living areas south of the river, with good options also available in East London. If your university is north or west, looking further out than Zone 2 is likely to see your money stretch further. Students tend to live in shared houses or flats or dedicated halls of residence, and you should expect to pay around £400-£600 a month for a room in a shared flat. This amount will increase the more central you choose to live. As London is such a big city, it pays to try and live as close as possible to where you’ll be studying. With so much competition for flats, finding somewhere to live in London can be stressful – but if you look just outside of the most well known areas you’ll find the best and most cost-effective options.
Make sure you do plenty of research on where you want to live and the transport links between your university and chosen locale before taking the plunge. It’s likely that, living close to your university, you’ll find yourself in the heart of bustling student community wherever you choose.
This article originally appeared in our Postgraduate Courses Guide. See the latest issue here and look out for the 2016 guide soon.