London Life - Studying in London

The University of London has a long-established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, attracting students from all parts of the UK and from across the globe.

By applying to a College or Institute of the University of London you will have the chance to study at a world-class institution in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of one of the world's most exciting and vibrant cities.

The vast majority of our 170,000 full and part-time student population make London their home and it’s easy to see why with a range of activities to take advantage of. Whether you want to visit the latest art exhibition at the Tate Modern, see ancient artefacts at the British Museum or enjoy your favourite band perform, London is the place to be.

London for free


Being a student in London doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune to explore the city. 

There is always something to do in London even on a student budget; you can take in walking tours, visit world famous museums and galleries or see iconic landmarks all for free. 

You won't have to stray too far from campus as several Colleges of the University of London house important museums and galleries which are open to the public. Amongst these are The Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery(free to full time students), the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeologyat UCL, and the Royal Academy of Music's Museum

Free public lectures, concerts and events, on a wide range of subjects, are organised by the Colleges. These include the UCL Lunch Hour Lectures, Birkbeck’s annual Orwell Lectures, and the Royal Academy of Music programme of concerts, master classes and open days. 

Colleges located in the Bloomsbury district of London also have established strong academic links with the British Museum and the British Library and have established a ‘cultural trail’ – free-of-charge – for visitors and newcomers to London, which takes in sites of cultural interest in the area.

To find out further information regarding what each of the Colleges and Institutes have to offer please contact them directly.

As well as taking in the exhibitions on display at the various museums and galleries throughout London you may like to engage in other free activities; for instance why not become an audience member for your favourite TV show? Many of the major TV networks have studios based in London and invite the general public to participate in TV show recordings as audience members for free. 

If you are looking for further ideas of what to do in London you may like to browse the Visit Londonwebsite for ideas and tips.


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Discounts for students

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Shopping bags

There are an array of discounts that students can take advantage of while studying in London. These include 30% off travel with Transport for London, discounted theatre and cinema tickets as well as reduced prices at a number of high street retailers. 

Under a national scheme, under 26's get free admission to selected theatre productions while the wider student community can also get up to 50% off theatre tickets. For further information regarding discounts for students you may like to visit the Student Beanswebsite.

Many high street shops, restaurants and London attractions have discounts in place when you show a valid student ID card – so it's always worth asking before making a purchase for the latest deals consult  


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Student Unions

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Students Unions are the focal point of many student activities, including sports and societies, as well as providing students with representation needed internally within the university and externally. Many Student Unions can provide help and advice on a range of issues and have a multitude of facilities and resources available.


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Museums and Galleries

British Museum

London is blessed with some of the finest museums and galleries on the planet, many of which are free to visit – so don’t miss out!

In addition to collections and exhibitions connected to the University of London, (such as the newly opened Museum of Life Sciencesat King’s College and the range of UCL museums and collections, to name only a few), there are also an enormous range of artefacts and exhibitions to be found at London’s wealth of museums and galleries. 

Many of London’s main galleries and museums are world renowned and hold items of historical importance. Whether you wish to take in the work of some of history’s most famous artists at the National Gallery or Tate Britain, step aboard HMS Belfast or wish to marvel at ancient relics in the British Museum - London will undoubtedly have a museum or gallery for your interests. 

You can find details of Visit London’s top ten art exhibitions currently happening in London and information about galleries and museums in general on the Visit Londonwebsite. Details of University of London College and Institute related exhibitions can be found on the respective College/Institute websites.

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In addition to the plethora of galleries, museums and sporting events; London is a vibrant and exciting city packed full of music venues, world famous restaurants, theatres, cinemas, not to mention its pubs and clubs - there truly is something for everyone. 

The University of London's Senate House plays host to a series of lunchtime concertsthroughout the year. They start at 1pm and run until 2pm and they are open to the public.

London is host to the biggest theatre district in the world and has long housed some of the finest theatre productions from around the globe. From large scale musicals to smaller art house productions you should be able to find entertainment to suit all tastes in London’s Theatreland. For details of what's on and where, you may find the Official London Theatre Guidewebsite helpful.

If the big screen is more your thing the capital has an abundance of cinemas all over the city where you can watch the latest cinematic offerings. Many cinemas also offer student discounts to take advantage of, whether you want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster or the newest independent film offering.

The capital is also known for the vast assortment of cuisines available in its diverse collection of restaurants. From top Michelin starred eateries to student loan friendly 'all you can eat' buffets there is a wealth of culinary expertise to enjoy.


When it comes to shopping London has some of best boutiques, shops and department stores in the world. Many of the University of London's campuses are easily accessible to central London; home to world famous Oxford Street and Carnaby Street. Just a short tube ride away are the two newly opened Westfield Shopping Centres, located in White City/Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford


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The University has high-quality facilities for most sports and currently manages over 4,000 students regularly involved in intercollegiate sports leagues across London. 

If you are more of a spectator than a competitor you have the opportunity of visiting some of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world while in London. These include Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon and Lord’s Cricket Ground as well as high profile Premier League football team stadia. Details of upcoming sports events in London can be found on the Visit Londonwebsite. 

Alternatively, the Energy base gym, based in Malet Street is open to students and members of the public. Facilities include a 60-station gymnasium with cardio theatre, a 33 metre swimming pool and two studios. Up to 50 fitness classes are offered per week.

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