London – Well, the name speaks for itself! We are one of the most famous, most visited and influential cities in the world and are inarguably the 'best choice' destination for thousands of international students year-on-year.
If you are an international student making important decisions on your tertiary education, here are some of the salient reasons why London is the best place for you to prepare yourself mentally for a unique experience, great opportunities, and live life to the full.
Internationally-acclaimed higher education
The United Kingdom has a long and renowned history as a provider of exceptional quality, higher education courses. We offer high quality internationally recognised qualifications to students seeking the best route forward. As the capital city of the UK, London's unrivalled choice of undergraduate and postgraduate courses is massive and boasts unparalleled resources to support your studies and your new life.
A truly global City
London is the world's most diverse and multi-cultural city, with 300 languages spoken among its 7.3 million residents. Its education sector is as equally diverse as its nationalities. Last year alone, London was home to more than 97,000 international students from over 200 different nations. This is more than any other city in the world. Students play a crucial role in making London such a dynamic place and your stay in this global, metropolitan city will provide you with a network of friends from all over the world.
Dynamic cultural and social scene
Your overseas study experience should not be all about reading books and working on difficult assignments. It is also about experiencing new things in a new city. Whether you like museums, theatres or live pub music, London has something to offer for everyone. The city has over 200 museums (twice as many as Paris or New York) and many of them are free to visit. The city has 120 historic buildings, 150 theatres, 8,000 acres of park land, 33 sites of scientific interest, 37,000 listed buildings and four world heritage sites. In addition, there are also a vast number of carnivals and festivals celebrated in London throughout the year, most notoriously the Notting Hill Carnival held in August every year. As a student, we encourage you to take complete advantage of the city vibes and everything this amazing Capital has to offer. Remember, with a student card you can get thousands of discounts all over London – in cinemas, theatres and restaurants. Enjoy yourself while working on your education.
Great combination of study and work
As stated by The Telegraph newspaper, London is the world's centre of finance and a recent study has placed it well above New York as the centre of global capital flows and financial services. London's strong economic position translates into many opportunities for part-time employment, and students can undertake part-time, casual work to put what they have learned into practice, supplement their living expenses and expand their circle of friends outside the campus. Many business and finance students find that London's unique position as the world financial centre helps them gain global perspectives in their studies and improve their employability in the career initiative.
Getting around in London is easy
London has the world's most sophisticated public transport system. The underground or tube network, the 24-hour buses, the overground trains and of course the reliable London black cabs are always there to help. Cycling is also becoming more popular each year as a 'green' way of transport. Students will be completely spoiled for choice when it comes to the means of moving around in London and it's not as expensive as you may think. You can save 30% off the price of travel on the Underground and buses when you buy a student photocard.
London is also the hub for international travel with daily direct flights around the world from its five airports and direct train links to mainland Europe via Eurostar. So visiting other places in the UK or other cities in Europe from London is as easy as a walk-in-the-park.To sum up, Studying in London will give you a unique, once in a lifetime experience. Remember, no other city can match the points we have covered, and that is not just a personal opinion, it's a fact! And these unique features are what make London the most student-friendly city in the world.