International Students Guide to London

London is an exciting, vibrant city for any student, and especially so if you’ve travelled to London from abroad to study.

London has a strong international community and roughly 100,000 students from over 200 countries study in London at any one time, so you’ll be in good company.

There are 45 universities to choose from, each with their own specialisms and set of benefits, giving you many options and opportunities to find a university and course that suits you.

Universities often organise social events and societies for international students to show you the sights and help you feel at home in your new country.

How will I finance my studies?

You may need a Visa to study in the UK, depending on your country of origin, and this Visa may require you to have above a certain amount of monthly income in order to be eligible.

Tuition fees for “overseas” students vary so check with each of the universities you’re applying to. They’ll also be able to help you with loans and other financial matters.

More on international student loans here.

You can use the International Students Budget Calculator to work out your monthly living costs.

Getting around

The easiest way to navigate London is via public transport and you can reduce the cost of this by buying an 18+ Student Oyster photocard.

This gives you discount travel on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.