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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

  • Credit: South London Gallery. 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.

Moving to the UK

Moving to London from a different country is exciting experience. Find out more about accommodation, bank accounts, healthcare, travel and things to do in the city.

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Hear from our students

Sophia's London experience

Sophia is a second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication student at Chelsea College of Arts. She talks about her decision to return to education after working in fashion as a junior account manager.

For Sophia, studying in London has offered so many opportunities and is a constant inspiration and influence on her creativity.

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Sophia's story: a creative student in London

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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Rory's London experience

Rory is a mature student studying BA (Hons) Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. Originally from Hull, Rory always wanted to move to London. From cycling the city to finding free gigs, Rory recalls his first experiences of London culture and the diverse spirit of the city.

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  • 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.

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    Gwen Van Den Bout - Why Not Now
    Student services

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

  • Textiles installation suspended from the ceiling
    Textiles installation by Amelia Rodney, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2019, © Alys Tomlinson
    Virtual Open Day

    Find everything you need to decide whether UAL is the university for you – visit our Virtual Open Day.

  • 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,
    Accommodation

    Explore our accommodation options across London.