The image of a student flat littered with empty beer cans, pizza boxes, stained wallpaper and the odd rat, has been replaced with London’s luxury student accommodation. But why are so many students choosing to study in one of the most expensive cities in the world?
With a range of high end studio flats and shared apartments, more graduate employers than the rest of the country, and a melting pot of culture, art and nightlife, London offers a more sophisticated student lifestyle.
Accommodation as diverse as the city
Depending on location, student accommodation ranges from £100 to £600 per week. With websites like Casita offering studio flats outside of the city centre in Wembley from £125 per week, and deluxe apartments in Pimlico for £500 per week, there are different options to suit London’s diverse student population. London is more expensive for students than cities like Birmingham and Leeds, but there are ways of cutting costs for those who are sticking to a budget. Rent in Wembley or the Docklands is cheaper than a flat in the middle of the West End or Bloomsbury, and with the city’s efficient transport system the city centre is never too far away.
From banking to science to law to the arts, London is not short on employers. Many media companies like The Guardian offer work experience opportunities for students, as well as investments banks such as Credit Suisse, making London the perfect city for students looking to boost their C.V while studying. Students living in London have the advantage of being able to take the first steps of their career path without relocating. Not only are there many work experience opportunities for students in London, living in proximity to some of the best companies in the world makes it easier to network and travel to interviews.
A unique life experience
The busy streets of London can be intimidating to a young student who is not used to city life. London’s students make up only 5% of the city’s mammoth population, so it is easy to feel lost in the crowd. But according to a recent poll, London is considered the second best city in the world for students. Studying in the heart of a city overflowing with history, architecture, libraries and multi-cultural communities is a completely different experience to studying on a remote campus in the middle of the countryside. London’s universities have an international reputation that is unbeatable, and is home to students looking for a more adult life experience than university campuses can offer.