London is one of the most popular destinations for students, but why do so many people consider studying here? There are, of course, lots of reasons why students decide study in London, but we’ve condensed them into 7 top reasons to study in London to help make your choice of study destination just that bit easier.


1. Global, vibrant and diverse city

London is the top choice for international students looking to study abroad with over 100,000 international students studying in London every year. The city is global, vibrant and diverse with international students coming from over 200 different nations. International students at the School of Advanced Study make up over 40% of the student population, making SAS a global place to study. Our students come from all over the world to experience studying in London, with one of our students even being from Tuvalu; one of the smallest countries in the world!

Coming from a very remote, small island in the middle of the Pacific, it wasn’t an easy decision to fly to the other side of the world to pursue an LLM. My motivation to study in the UK was the excellent academic standards that the University of London could offer. Through my research of SAS and IALS, I found out that the academic standard was very high, with well-equipped professors in their areas of expertise.

Laingane Italeli Talia, LLM in Drafting Legislation, Regulation, and Policy
Read more about Laingane’s story here

2. World class research

Universities in London have a combined research income of over £500 million which attracts the brightest students and renowned academics from all over the world.

The School of Advanced Study is the UK’s national centre for the support and promotion of research in the humanities. Located at the heart of the University of London in Bloomsbury, the School provides an unrivalled scholarly community in which to pursue postgraduate study and research.

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I love London so much… you meet so many different people, it's a real melting pot and that's really exciting. It's really good for research because you get to consider perspectives that you might not have necessarily encountered anywhere else. The lecturers that we had come from such a wide variety of fields… I got taught by some of the biggest names in my field which is a really amazing opportunity, something that a lot of people studying masters programs don't get.

Laura Blair, MA in the History of the Book
Read more about Laura’s story here

3. Home to outstanding academic support

London offers outstanding academic support and facilities for students, and with over 120 different libraries scattered across the city, it makes London a great place for study and research.

Students at the School of Advanced Study can take advantage of the Senate House Library as well the Institute’s libraries, and others throughout London.

SAS’s location in the heart of Bloomsbury is ideal… SAS is located a stone’s throw away from several libraries: the British Library, the Wiener Library and of course, Senate House Library.

Stephanie Homer, PhD in Modern Languages Research
Read more about Stephanie’s story here

4. Wide range of extra-curricular activities

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Outside of studying in London, there are endless opportunities to have fun as a student. As a student of the School of Advanced Study, you get access to Student Central; a union for all of those studying a University of London degree. Student Central membership is free and enables you to get involved with everything the organisation has to offer including sports, societies, online tickets and access into bars.

Find out more  about the societies and clubs you could become part of.

5. Culturally enriching experience

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With over 1,000 museums and galleries to explore in London, it provides a culturally enriching experience for anyone studying here (and most of them are free!) Whilst some of our students visit the local museums in their spare time, some of our courses make use of the museums as part of the curriculum; the MA in the History of the Book makes use of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the curatorship modules from our MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture are delivered by the National Gallery.

I really enjoyed leaving the classroom to go to the British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum as it was important to see and feel examples of the books we were discussing.

Virginia Butler, MA in the History of the Book.
Read more about Virginia’s story here

This MA is unparalleled in the way it allows a student to adopt an explorative approach. Unlike many other programmes, you are not bound by the study of a particular art medium or specific period. Languages, art history modules, and seminars at the National Gallery are all interconnected to ensure you are actively prepared to pursue your chosen research topics.

Rita Yates, MA in Art History, Curatorship, and Renaissance Culture
Read more about Rita ’s story here

6. Food and drink from around the world

London is a great place for students to enjoy food and drink from around the world. There are over 5,000 restaurants and 7,000 bars and pubs to have fun with your friends.

In the surrounding areas to SAS, there are a multitude of places to choose from for lunch, dinner and coffee, from Indian restaurants to Italian cafés. Those that like a tipple or two can find plenty of drinking spots in Bloomsbury, with a number of student bars and pubs located in the vicinity of the School.

The Warburg Institute have highlighted their favourite food and drink spots for students in this blog article.


7. The World’s Best Student City

If you’re not going to take our word for it you can rely on the QS University Rankings. In 2018 London was named the World’s Best Student City, for many reasons including all of the above and even more.