26 Apr 10 Tips For Choosing a University in London
If you’re considering studying at a University in London, then perhaps you’ve already decided what you want to study, and which university you want to go to. If you haven’t yet decided, then here’s what you need to think about.
1. You’ll want to choose a university in London that offers the course you want to do. Although you might really want to study in London, if there’s a more appropriate course, or a university well known for your subject elsewhere, would you be better off studying there instead?
2. Accommodation will be another consideration. Will you be living in private accommodation, or will you be able to stay in halls of residence on the university campus? London accommodation will be expensive, and so you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the best value and making the most of your time in the capital city.
3. Knowing whereabouts in London your university is and where your lectures and seminars will be, can help you to decide where you want to live. Perhaps you don’t actually need to be right in the centre of London, and can live in the suburbs where it’s not as expensive. You might already have friends and family who are in London who can help you.
4. You’re bound to have to travel to your lectures and seminars, and using public transport will be much better than driving in the centre of London. Why not make the most of your time here by using the tube, or cycling? You might prefer to be further away from your university to save money, and so will need to spend more time and money travelling.
5. As you’re a student in London you’ll want to make the most of your leisure time here. With so much to do, from watching Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs or West Ham, to shopping on Oxford Street or at Covent Garden, or going to West End shows, to exploring the museums and galleries and getting to know the city better, you’ll never be bored here.
6. Your university in London may also offer activities that interest you. Perhaps you’ll join one of the sports clubs, or take up acting, or film making, or something completely different. Although you won’t want to choose where you study based on the other facilities offered by the university, having lots to do will keep you occupied and help you learn new skills which can be used in your professional life..
7. You might want to find a part time job whilst you’re studying at your chosen London University. With many restaurants, shops, clubs, bars, museums and galleries available, you’re more likely to be able to find something, than in a much smaller town.
8. Many London universities have links to local businesses. Depending on what and where you’re studying, you could be learning from, or working with, some of the best known companies in the world. Perhaps you’ll want a university with links to a specific industry to help your career.
9. There will be more job opportunities in London, than in most other university cities. With so many international companies having a London base, as well as all the local businesses, you’re bound to be able to find a role that suits you after your studies, no matter whether you want to work for a financial institution or use your language skills.
10. Even if you’ve already got a degree, you might still want to study a post graduate course at a London University. Perhaps you moved to London with your current job, want to take advantage of all the other facilities available in the capital, or just want to spend some time living in London.
Now you know more about how to choose the right one, which university in London will you study at?