Five Reasons Why London Ranked Best for International Students
3rd May 2018
London currently holds the title of number one city in the world (BBC) for international students. The birthplace of The Rolling Stones and David Beckham beat 125 major cities for the top spot. International students make up over a quarter of the London’s student population, and that number is quickly increasing thanks to the city’s rich history, vibrancy and cultural diversity. Here are the top five reasons why London is and will continue to be the number one destination in the world for international students.
#1 You’ll Never Be Bored
No…. seriously. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city with even half as much to do on a daily basis as London. Whether you’re into music, markets or museums, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the best options in the world during your time in London. I recommend spending a few afternoons strolling through the Tate Modern, White Cube, The National Portrait Gallery as well as Broadway, Borough and Portobello Markets!
#2 Never Ending Opportunities for Connection
Even in today’s increasingly global economy, there’s really no substitute for good, old-fashioned face-to-face networking. Thanks to London’s position as an international powerhouse, it’s home to the headquarters of thousands of companies across all industries. I recommend checking out networking events hosted by your university since rubbing elbows with industry execs is the perfect way to get your foot in the door!
#3 The Coolest Neighbourhoods in The World
Londoners’ unique ability to preserve history and tradition while remaining at the forefront of innovation and style has led to some of the coolest places to live on the planet. The city contains 33 distinct boroughs, and whether you see yourself in the Hipster Mecca that is Shoreditch, picturesque Notting Hill or anywhere in between, you’ll find diverse housing options with a wide range of price points throughout the city. I recommend checking out a housing guarantor service that caters to international students such as Housing Hand to make things a bit simpler!
#4 The Best of Both Worlds
If you’re a current or prospective international student, it’s a given that you have a sense of adventure, but even the most seasoned of explorers will feel the familiar pang of homesickness from time to time. Luckily, you’ll most likely be able to find your favourite food or product from home thanks to London’s plethora of international shops and markets. If that doesn’t do the trick, London is home to some of the biggest and busiest airports in the world making trips home quicker and more convenient.
#5 Transportation Heaven
Alright, a crowded, weekday rush-hour commute on the tube might not be anyone’s idea of paradise, but hear me out. The convenience, affordability and organisation of London’s public transportation is truly unbeatable, and as an international student, a vehicle is probably not on your packing list. Luckily, London’s public transport is all you need to navigate the city! I recommend purchasing a student Oyster card. This allows you to use public transportation at a permanent discount.
This article about “London ranked best international students” was written for Housing Hand – the Award-Winning UK Rent Guarantor Service by Ameena Debboun. For more information on how Housing Hand can help you secure your rented accommodation, visit housinghand.co.uk or call 02072052625.