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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 2019 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.

College area guides

  • Camberwell College of Arts
    Credit: South London Gallery.
  • Design for dance collaboration between Wimbledon College of Arts and Middlesex University students.

    Wimbledon College of Arts
    Credit: Wimbledon College of Arts.
  • Gasworks Gallery.

    Chelsea College of Arts
    Credit: Gasworks Gallery.

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