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Ananya Sharma

June 25th, 2024

Living in London – the best student city

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Ananya Sharma

June 25th, 2024

Living in London – the best student city

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

London’s ranking as the best student city in the world according to QS Best Student Cities is well deserved, and won’t come as a shock to those of us already living and studying here. From green spaces, to culture and historical significance, to career development and incredible diversity, London truly has everything on offer for students!

LSE campus’s central position in Holborn means we are within easy reach of lots of London’s attractions, whilst at the same time we enjoy a local, neighbourhood feel – I can easily walk to museums, The British Museum and the Sir John Soane Museum to name a few, enjoy the greenery in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and grab a bite at any of the numerous cafés and restaurants nearby. 

Green spaces

Access to green spaces is incredibly important for mental and physical wellbeing – especially for students cooped up in the library during a busy term. With nearly half of London being classified as a green space, students in London can take advantage of the numerous parks and gardens in the city – Hyde Park and Kew Gardens being two of my favourites.

Hyde Park’s annual BST Open House with live music and arts is just one of the amazing opportunities for students to enjoy the sunshine – especially considering it’s free to enter!

Kew Garden’s Temperate House – Photo by Evie Fjord on Unsplash

Nightlife

London is also known for its nightlife, with a variety of clubs, bars and live music venues in iconic areas like Soho, Shoreditch and Camden.

With everything from rooftop bars to underground dance clubs, London’s diverse nightlife scene means there’s something for everyone and every budget. Student favourites include Ministry of Sound, SCALA and Sway, known for their popular student nights with affordable drinks and entry fees.

Late-night cafés, concert venues and comedy clubs mean that there’s always something to do outside of clubbing, with student-friendly prices as an added bonus!

Career opportunities

Ranked 4th globally for graduate employment by the QS ranking, London’s position as a global financial hub provides numerous roles and internships within the financial and consulting sector, particularly for London university graduates.

Several start-ups and established tech companies including Google and Meta have a strong presence in London, with Apple’s newest headquarters in Battersea Power Station opening new doors for students interested in tech – even LSE has it’s own award-winning start-up hub for budding entrepreneurs!

Banking and tech aren’t the only thriving industries – creatives interested in fashion, design and music also benefit from the varied opportunities provided and supported by the London creative scene, with a diverse number of internships and part time roles available.

Diversity

London’s diversity also makes it an incredible student city, allowing students to meet new people and make new memories.

LSE itself champions this diversity, with a student body coming from over 140 different countries making a large, vibrant international community within the university.

Existing diversity and a strong international presence makes integration and settling in for international students easier, especially as the LSE Student Union is home to several student-led societies organised by nationality and culture.

Find out more

LSE students across the river from Westminster

Diversity, a buzzing nightlife, plenty of green spaces and incredible employability ratings makes London the best choice for students looking for a rich and vibrant university experience, complete with unforgettable nights out and memories made with new friends.

Find out more about London life for LSE students here: https://www.lse.ac.uk/student-life/London-life

About the author

Ananya Sharma

My name is Ananya Sharma, a first year undergraduate student from the UK studying History. As well as reading and studying history, I love listening to music, going on long walks in the city and trying new restaurants in the area.

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