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 our 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 a large proportion of the student population, making us a global place to study.
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.
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.
We are 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, we offer an unrivalled scholarly community in which to pursue postgraduate study and research.
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.
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.
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.
London is a great place 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 of our campus, there are a multitude of places to choose from for lunch, dinner and coffee, from Indian restaurants to Italian cafés. There are also a number of student bars and pubs located in the vicinity.
The Warburg Institute have highlighted their favourite food and drink spots for students in this blog article.