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Choosing where to study

Universities in London

Which universities are in London? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni in the UK capital.

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CONTENTS

  1. Why study in London?

  2. Entry requirements

  3. London School of Economics (LSE)

  4. Imperial College London

  5. University College London (UCL)

  6. King’s College, London (KCL)

  7. Queen Mary, University of London

Why study in London?

London is the capital of the UK, located in the south-east of England. As one of the most populous cities in Europe, London contains around 300,000 full-time students and 110,000 part-time students. It also has some of the highest-rated universities in the country dotted all around, from green, leafy areas in the outskirts to the urban hub of central London. 

Despite being a large city, London has a wide array of green spaces, parks and walks in between theatres, cafes, restaurants and clubs. Being the capital and having a population of nearly nine million, there’s always something going on. 

London also has a reputation of being expensive. While this is true (especially when it comes to rent), there are many ways you can save money by shopping around and finding real bargains. Read our page about the cost of living in London as a student for more info. 

Here are just five of the universites in London, but there are many more, all with their own strengths. See our London university league table and to see some other options.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course. A quick and easy way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train journey times from London to other cities

Bristol 1 hour 35 minutes
Cardiff 1 hour 48 minutes
Edinburgh 4 hours 49 minutes
Manchester 2 hours 10 minutes
Nottingham 1 hour 40 minutes
Oxford 50 minutes
Southampton 1 hour 22 minutes

London has several stations depending on your destination, including Waterloo, St. Pancras, Euston, Paddington and Marylebone. From there you can get to just about anywhere in the UK. 

As well as trains, London is full of easy and accessible public transport options. There’s the London Underground (known as the tube), buses and bikes to get around large or small distances. It’d be worth getting a 16–25 railcard for journeys on National Rail services and an Oyster card, which lets you tap on and off the tube,

Overground rail and buses run by Transport for London (TfL). For travelling around London, you can get a 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which will give you 30% off these services. If you attach your railcard to your Oyster card (at any booth in any station), the discount is slightly higher.

London also has light rail, trams and river boats, and operates a ‘hopper fare’ system that lets you make unlimited bus or tram journeys in an hour for £1.50 using pay-as-you-go. 

For smaller distances, you can rent bikes from Santander Cycle Hire stands dotted around the city. 

London School of Economics (LSE)

LSE celebrated its 125-year anniversary in 2020 and is world-renowned for its Social Sciences. It now teaches around 11,000 students, and boasts several Nobel Prize winners among its staff. Students at LSE have access to one of the largest economics and social sciences libraries in the world, and a very successful careers service. 

Location

London School of Economics has a central London campus located mainly around The Strand, with student residences within walking distance. This lets you explore London on foot as well as study with the historical landscape as a backdrop. A short stroll away is Covent Garden and London’s theatre district, while many other London sights, attractions and entertainment are nearby.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

As well as having a large and well-stocked library, LSE provides an array of facilities for every student. The university offers a nursery in central London, a faith centre and impressive sports facilities, from indoor gyms and dance studios to grass cricket and football pitches. 

For more information on facilities, visit the LSE facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

 

Imperial College London

Imperial College is another university in London with a worldwide reputation, excelling in Science, Engineering, Business and Medicine. It also has strong relationships with institutions in other countries, giving you opportunities to learn from different cultures and people to pursue your career ambitions.

Location

Imperial College has campuses all over London including Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, North West London Hospitals, Royal Brompton, SIlwood Park, South Kensington, St Mary’s, and White City. Having so many locations, each with their own autonomous facilities, means you can explore all of central London with ease. 

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

There’s a wide range of resources on offer at Imperial, with subject-specific librarians to help you find the right source materials and free software such as Microsoft Office from the Tech Store.

Add to that free ‘Move From Home’ classes and recipes or an annual £30 fee to include the gym and pool, and you’ll find it easy to keep fit and enjoy sports at a relatively low cost. Across all campuses, sports facilities include rugby and football pitches, a 3G astroturf pitch, a boat club, gyms, studios, swimming pools and climbing walls.

For more information on facilities, visit the Imperial College facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

University College London (UCL)

A large, diverse university, UCL occupies central London and has a well-deserved reputation of excellence and diversity. It was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion or social background, and the first to welcome women to university education. It excels with a staff of impressive academics and students from over 150 countries, and also boasts impressive worldwide links to industries and alumnus.

Location

Located in the heart of a global city has its benefits. As well as being close to museums, libraries and theatres, UCL’s campus in Bloomsbury has world-class facilities combining historical buildings and new builds to offer great access to both academic and leisure pursuits. 

A new campus called UCL East is also currently being built next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

UCL has a huge amount of sports facilities, both on and off campus, including various courts and pitches, fitness studios and gyms. Academically, UCL has 18 libraries, each with specialisms, and a Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offering courses in over 17 languages. It also has three of its own museums: the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Art Museum. 

For more information on facilities, visit the UCL facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

King’s College, London (KCL)

King’s College is looking ahead to its 200-year anniversary in 2029 and intends to mark this event by building on its vision to give its alumni the voices of change in the world. KCL has more than 29,000 students from over 150 countries and a large annual research income, making it a large, multicultural university with global aspirations. KCL is also a strong proponent of clean, green energy, with 100% of their electricity coming from UK wind energy. 

Location

KCL offers five campuses across London including Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’, Strand and Waterloo. Depending on which course you study, you’ll be based primarily at one of these campuses, but students can access facilities at any campus. 

All campuses are in great locations for access to all London has to offer, including bars, nightlife, theatres, parks and restaurants. 

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

KCL has impressive libraries and research facilities, open 24 hours during busy periods such as exams. It also has a wide array of sports pitches, courts and gyms, which feature across campuses and other venues around London. It also runs social sports sessions through a BeActive initiative aimed at keeping students fit.

For more information on facilities, visit the KCL facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

Queen Mary, University of London 

A research-intensive university, Queen Mary offers something different to others with a wider range of courses and pride in admitting every student with potential to succeed. Queen Mary has even been recognised as one of the most inclusive universities in London with a concerted effort to ensure that there’s no social barrier to academic success. It also can call itself a truly global university with sites in several countries, including Pareis, Malta and China. 

Location

Queen Mary’s has five campuses across London including Mile End, Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square, West Smithfield and Lincoln’s Inn FIelds, the latter being a postgraduate Law Centre. Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square and West Smithfiled campuses are predominantly for Medicine and Dentistry students. 

There are also specialised homes for some students across Europe. Some programmes can be studied from Paris, Piraeus, near Athens, and Malta, including Humanities and Social Sciences, postgraduate Law and undergraduate Medicine respectively. Further afield, Queen Mary also runs joint programmes with universities in China and Singapore for undergraduate Science and Engineering students and postgraduate Law students respectively. 

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 

Facilities

Queen Mary has an impressive amount of health and fitness facilities, with over 60 sports clubs to choose from in over 300 societies, so you can find your perfect niche and like-minded people easily. Mile End and Whitechapel campuses have their own well-equipped gyms, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park is just over a ten-minute bike ride away. All campuses have their own facilities, with Mile End being the largest with a huge, 24/7 library as well as many cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. There’s also a Careers & Enterprise team on hand to help students find work experience and part-time jobs throughout their studies.

For more information on facilities, visit the Queen Mary facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

 

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