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Living in London

Start your creative future in the UK’s vibrant capital.

Why Creative Students Choose London

Ranked No. 1 in the world in the 2024 QS Best Student Cities list, it’s no wonder that thousands of students from across the globe choose to study in London.

Its world-class universities, thriving cultural sector and abundance of start-ups and enterprises make it the perfect place for our students to develop their creative practice and build their future careers.

The city is home to over 200 theatres, 170 museums and countless independent art galleries and cultural spaces. Unlike many other large cities, London is famous for its abundance of parks and green spaces.

From the gigantic Hyde Park and St James’s Park in the West, to the wilds of Hampstead Heath in the North, there are endless opportunities to escape the noise of the city and immerse yourself in nature.

Hear from our students

Watch our Creative Students in London film series and catch a glimpse of life at UAL through the eyes of 6 of our students.

Rory's story: a creative student in London

Ishmael's story: a creative student in London

Ifan's story: a creative student in London

International students

If you're moving to the UK from abroad, you may be eligible for an exclusive discount on airport collections.

See our guidance for International students for contact details of UAL's in-country representatives and view more of our international student stories.

Meet our international students

Meet Daniela from Salvador, Brazil

Daniela's London experience

Meet Daniela Navaes from Brazil, currently studying MA User Experience Design at London College of Communication.

Hear about her experience as a Brazilian international student and how she found the move to London.

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College area guides

  • South London Gallery.,
    , Camberwell College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: South London Gallery.
  • Design for dance collaboration between Wimbledon College of Arts and Middlesex University students.
    Wimbledon College of Arts.,
    , Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: Wimbledon College of Arts.
  • Gasworks Gallery.
    Gasworks Gallery.,
    , Chelsea College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: Gasworks Gallery.

Find out more

  • Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear, Central Saint Martins
    Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, BA (Hons) Fashion: Fashion Design Menswear, Central Saint Martins

    UAL student voices

    Listen to students from across UAL talking about their experiences of studying and living in London.

  • Flora Butler, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

    Arts SU

    Learn about Arts SU: University of the Arts London (UAL) Students' Union.

  • Small clear rock like sculpture
    Gwen Van Den Bout - Why Not Now

    Student services

    Find out more about our student support services, including counselling, health and disability support.

  • Student on laptop sat in front of large windows

    Chat to a student

    Got questions about studying with us? Our student ambassadors are here to help.

  • Textile design drawing workshop at Triangle Space. BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts © Alys Tomlinson

    Additional and living costs

    Explore our guide on the rough costs of essentials

  • UAL students in the park in the summer
    Image courtesy of UAL,


    Explore our accommodation options across London.