Here’s our guide to choosing to study in the best, most vibrant, multi-cultural city in the world! For any student London offers so many amazing possibilities.
East London is perhaps one of the only places in the world where you will find hipsters and city slickers walk side by side. Its profound juxtaposition of societal archetypes only reinforces the charm of this side o’ town. Highlights of East London include Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Dalston.
Most people would associate food in East London with Brick Lane and then in turn its excessive amount of curry houses, each with a man outside waiting to usher you and your unsuspecting pals in with the promise of 25% off. One (or maybe a few) word(s) of warning: don’t go into these restaurants unless your idea of fine dining is a below average curry and overly priced poppadum’s served with a yellow mint sauce. Instead, check out Poppies, a fish and chip restaurant on Hanbury Street.
Shoreditch, a stone’s throw away from Brick Lane, is home to a number of raucous, hedonistic and clubs. For DJ fiends, XOYO near Old Street is highly recommended. Its resident DJ for the summer has been Jackmaster and has performed with the likes of Joy Orbison and Loefah.
The Whitechapel Gallery is known for its promotion of exhibiting works from contemporary artists as well as of general interest to the local community. According to their website, they have premiered world-class artists from “modern masters” such as Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo.
Canada Square in Canary Wharf is an area devoted to tall, glass architecture and good restaurants; it is a city slicker’s haven. Taking a leisurely stroll will help you both clear your mind and marvel at what could be your future career.
Two words: Borough Market. From a fiver you can pick up lunch, choosing from an array of cuisines, such as Thai and Indian food. If your accommodation is near the area, then your weekly shop is sorted too, with local produce being delivered to the market daily.
Fire, a Vauxhall-based nightclub tucked underneath the archway, is one of London’s most well-known gay clubs. It is SW’s equivalent to Heaven, a large space dedicated to the best house and techno around and is a guaranteed good night out.
The South Bank is probably one of the most well-known areas of London, home to a variety of restaurants, events and street performers. The food on offer is good and the long projects they run are fun and often free, so it’s the perfect chance for a cheap day out.
North London is especially known for its Turkish cuisine, so it would be rude not to check out the fine food they serve. A place on Stoke Newington Road is 19 Numara Bos Cirrik I, a cheap ocakbasi café that’s proved to be a favourite with the hipsters living nearby.
The Nest is not dissimilar to its name in the sense that it is notoriously small it has a weekly night every Thursday called Your Mum’s House, which specialises in old school RnB, Trap, Garage and Hip-Hop, which is highly recommended and often frequented by students.
For potential English students, the Keats House Museum, based in Hampstead, pays homage to the famous Romantic poet. As well as viewing artefacts such as a copy of Keats’s death mask, there are also regular poetry and literary events offered to the public.
Westbourne Grove is where you’ll find Taqueria, an independent Mexican restaurant with a simple menu but an extensive selection of tequilas, for when you want to start the pre-drinks early.
Soho is the place to go in West London for a night out. With an array of bars and clubs you won’t be bored if you go time and time again.
West and Central London is a cultural hub with regards to the concentrated amount of museums/galleries it wields. From the British Museum to the National Gallery, there is something of interest to everyone.
Featured University – London Met
Despite being one of the capital city’s oldest universities, modern-day London Metropolitan University is an innovative and contemporary educational institution. Its campuses are situated around the heart of London, making it easily accessible from all over the city and with no shortage of cultural diversity to inspire its students. Its main campuses are east, walking distance from stations such as Liverpool Street, neighbouring the buzz and hubbub of young, artsy Brick Lane. And its north campus is just a short distance from Highbury and Islington station, a region of London famous for its fine dining and roof-top bars, an epicure’s haven in the city.
With its mission statement: “Transforming Lives, Meeting Needs, Building Careers”, London Met is known as a welcoming establishment that offers a wide range of courses, catering for different styles of learning and cultivating the potential of all its students. The high academic standard and passion of the University’s teachers and lecturers has been recognised by the national Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the results and satisfaction of its students are a credit to this.
Student life at London Met is both exciting and engaging for the young people who attend it. Within its walls there are no shortage of quality facilities - from its extensive libraries, providing a calm study environment, to the “Met Lounges” that offer everything a break from the library might need; from coffee to free wi-fi. Its active Student Union, its many societies and sports teams provide a fantastic way for students to interact outside of the classroom. With such a large community of both home and international students, life at London Met has something for everyone.
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