Central London - Euston. Expensive, but there are ways around that, and the range of things you'll find is vast. Nights out are great, but also expensive. Plenty of transport options in the underground and bus system, although traffic can be hectic. Always interesting things going on, and truly is a city that never sleeps.
Student Review: 4 /5
By VinayPatel237 On 30th November 19
Study in Central London
Central London is the innermost part of London, made up of several boroughs. Here you will find LSE, King’s College London, SOAS, Birkbeck, City, UCL, University of Westminster, Imperial College, University of Arts London and Courtauld Institute of Art.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
London School of Economics (LSE) is made up of around 12,000 students and is part of the Russell Group. Founded in 1895, LSE is located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Holborn. The university has a TEF Bronze rating and is a well recognised for its social science and management subjects.
King's College London (KCL)
King’s College London is made up of 5 campuses and is located in Zone 1 near The Strand. It was founded in 1829 and is made up around 33,000 students. King’s College London is part of the Russell Group, specialising in Life Science and Medicine and has a TEF Silver rating.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) was founded in 1916 and is one of the world leading universities for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is a public research university located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, is made up of around 5,800 students and has a TEF Silver rating.
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck University is located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Bloomsbury. The university was founded in 1823 originally named London Mechanics’ Institute and is make up of over 11,000 students. Their main campus is located in Central London but there is also a large campus in Stratford. Birkbeck has a TEF Silver rating and offers around 200 grad programmes with lots of lectures taking place in the evening.
City, University of London
City, University of London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and is made up of around 20,000 students. It is located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Clerkenwell and has a TEF Silver rating. The university has five specialist schools and courses focused on business and the professions. City, University of London has a global outlook as a large proportion of students are from outside the UK.
University College London (UCL)
University College London (UCL) is a globally recognised university founded in 1826 and home to around 41,000 students. The university is located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Bloomsbury. UCL is the second largest university in the UK by total enrolment and has a TEF Silver rating.
University of Westminster
University of Westminster has 4 main campuses located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Westminster. The university was founded in 1838 and was named the most internationally diverse university in the UK in the HDI. The University of Westminster is home to around 19,400 students and has a TEF Bronze rating.
Imperial College London
Founded in 1907, Imperial College London is located in South West London (Zone 1) in the neighbourhood of Kensington. The university is made up of around 19,000 students and is part of the Russell Group with a world class reputation for science, engineering and medicine programmes. Imperial College London is focused entirely on STEMB subjects and has a TEF Gold rating.
University of the Arts London (UAL)
University of the Arts London (UAL) was founded in 1986 and is a globally recognised university for art and design. It is currently made up of around 20,000 students and has 6 colleges located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Holborn. UAL is Europe’s largest speciality university for art and design and it has a TEF Silver rating.
Courtauld Institute of Art
Courtauld Institute of Art is located in Zone 1 near The Strand. The university was founded in 1932 and is made up of 545 students. It is the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK and has a TEF Silver rating. Courtauld Institute of Art only offers one undergraduate course but offers several postgraduate courses.
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Central London Student Life
Even though London is a huge city, if you are studying and living in Central London it will feel smaller than you think and you’ll find yourself even bumping into friends. There is so much to see and do, our top tip would be to do them during the week as the weekends get packed with tourists and visitors.
Cost of Living
Very high living cost !!
Student Review: 3 /5
By member549273 On 12th June 20
Whatever type of night out you are into, you’ll be sure to find it in Central London! A lot of the nightclubs are expensive as they are aimed at tourists and workers but once you get there you’ll be sure to find the top student nights which have pleasing entry and drink prices! The places to go can change quite quickly so stay up to date with the latest hot spots by keeping an eye on Design My Night and the Fatsoma app.
Getting around London via the tube and bus is easy to navigate, once you’ve understood how it works. The best piece of advice is to download the CityMapper app, it does all the work for you to find the quickest and easiest way to get from A to B. Make sure to get an 18+ Oyster Card to get 30% off public transport; every little helps! If you are living and studying in Central London it is also easy to get around by foot or by bike. Just remember to wear a helmet and brightly coloured clothes when cycling and to plan your route before you set off.
Top 10 free things to do in Central London
Get ready to have your socks blown off at the home to one of the world’s most impressive art collections and you can view the permanent collection for absolutely nothing!
Located in Bloomsbury, the British Museum holds a remarkable collection that spans over two million years of human history and culture. From Egyptian mummies to the Rosetta Stone, there are a huge amount of artefacts you can cast your eyes on.
This skyscraper, known affectionately by Londoners as the walkie talkie (when you see the building in real life it will make sense), is London’s highest public garden. The views of the city are among some of the best and it’s all for free!
Back on the ground, Hyde Park is the most famous and the largest park in London. Whether you are fancy a stroll, jog or cycle, there is so much to explore you’ll never get bored of visiting, any time of the year.
On one of our visits to Hyde Park head west to Kensington Gardens. It’s a beautiful part of the park which has Kensington Palace as its backdrop. There’s the Albert Memorial, The Serpentine Gallery, a temple and even a statue of Peter Pan.
Fancy viewing some modern art? Head to the Tate Modern on the Thames, where it is free to view the permanent collection which includes Pollock, Warhol, Matisse and Picasso.
Outside Buckingham Palace on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11am, you’ll be able to see one of the best ceremonies in London. The Queen’s Soldiers, dressed in tall bearskin hats, stomp around in time to music as they change roles.
There’s no better way to get to know London and see some of the most iconic sites than to walk along the Thames in Central London. You’ll find pathways and can criss-cross over to either side using the famous London bridges.
One of the most popular areas to visit in London. Even when you don’t have money to spend, it's a great place to be. There are always street entertainers, you can window shop and do some great people-watching. Also, make sure to head up to Neal’s Yard to marvel at this unexpected colourful square.
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Whilst the city h...
Whilst the city has everything you need to get by and to have a good experience, there's just nothing to do in the daytime, all the shops and coffee shops are chains with no character and a night out is a lot more expensive than cities such as York. read more
Decent eateries d...
Decent eateries depending on where you are in London It's London though. The price of living is slowly killing me. Also that's why shopping is 4 as it's hard to get to cheap shops read more
It is very expens...
It is very expensive to shop and living in central london. Im not too sure about nights out because i havent experienced that but overall it’s expensive and there is not that much variety in terms of lower priced shops. There are more higher end shops with a few shops like tesco or greggs read more
Expensive city, b...
Expensive city, busy and fussy, but has plenty of nice places to unwind. Perfect place to explore, nice architecture and good transport. The tube is expensive though. read more
I'm very happy to...
I'm very happy to live in London as I can visit different and great galleries and museums. It's also a very convenient place to live and you can buy almost anything you need. read more
Moving to london...
Moving to london has always been a dream for me, and now that I live here I am so overwhelmed with how incredible this city is. I love every day and can’t imagine myself living anywhere else! read more
Overall super exp...
Overall super expensive to eat out or go out, but there are a lot of different things to to do and see if your wallet allows and the tube and buses make it easy to get around read more
Everything is ama...
Everything is amazing. You’ll never be bored here. Nights out are so good and there’s so much to explore throughout the year. Always something exciting happening in London! read more
It is quite safe...
It is quite safe at night because you can often many policemen around. It just takes less than ten minutes to go to the supermarkets and shops around, there is a bus station and subway line just at the back of the building. read more
My location was v...
My location was very central, thus I was living close to the most important places for me (my University was a priority). I lived in a student accommodation which made me feel safe and protected. read more
I chose my univer...
I chose my university largely because I wanted to study in London. Even though I havent't had a chance to really live there yet because of the pandemic, it hasn't dissapointed. I love the walkability of the city and the public transport is top notch. I am a big fan of galleries and museums so I often just spend the day at the Tate or the V&A read more
High quality serv...
High quality services, vibrant and diverse shops, restaurants, parks, beautiful scenery make living in London a rich experience... Still, the cost of living is way too high read more
London is an expe...
London is an expensive city but there is so much to do and experience. You can never get bored here! Also, there are lots of opportunities whatever avenue in life you want to take so do be sure to make the most of it. read more
London has a grea...
London has a great choice of restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and activities to do. The transport system and accessibility to different areas are great. However, the cost of living is high compared to other English cities. read more
I have lived in L...
I have lived in London my whole life and whatever I need, I can find here. Everything is accessible with great transport. But it can be busy at times and cost of living might be on the higher side. read more
Living in the cen...
Living in the centre can be very expensive simply because of high rents and access to only premium supermarket options. Eating out can be very expensive too but there's a fair selection of Weatherspoons around the centre to ease the experience on the pocket. Night outs are just as fun everywhere but coming home late can feel safer the central you get. I lived most of my time in the pandemic so that was short lived. If you're a shopper you don't need to look any further than central London. Living in the centre can mean spending close to no money on transport as you can walk everywhere but it does help that you can find transport to everywhere across London to and from the centre. read more
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Canto Court is a...
Canto Court is a fabulous place to live at. The rooms are spacious, the common areas are beautifully designed and most importantly the staff at the reception is amazing! They’re extremely warm and kind people! read more