Consistently ranked among the world’s best student cities, London has it all. Home to a vibrant cultural scene, famous nightlife and world-class sports teams and venues, the capital offers a truly unique student experience. Here, we look at some of the highlights…

Food, drink and nightlife

Food is a major part of London life and the capital has an unrivalled mix of international cuisine on offer. With a wide range of upmarket Michelin star restaurants to choose from, as well as hundreds of traditional pubs and pop-up street food outlets, every budget is catered for.

The historic Borough Market (open seven days a week), Flat Iron Square, Greenwich Market and Camden Market offer some of the best food options in the city, while fans of Indian and Chinese cuisine can enjoy Brick Lane, which has over 20 curry houses to choose from, and China Town.

London's nightlife is famous around the world and with hundreds of nightclubs bars and pubs, students are spoilt for choice. Iconic venues include Tiger Tiger, Piccadilly Institute, Fabric and Ministry of Sound while Propaganda at the Electric Ballroom in Camden is also a favourite with students.


When it comes to live sport, London is second to none. Home to Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham, as well as a host of Football League and non-league teams, football is part of the fabric of life in the capital.

Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, is at the heart of the UCFB Wembley campus and hosts major finals, most England home games as well as major NFL, rugby league and boxing events.

Fans of rugby union can visit Twickenham Stadium in south-west London to watch England, while Lord's and The Oval are two of the world's most famous cricket grounds where fans can watch international matches or club sides Middlesex and Surrey.

Tennis enthusiasts can enjoy the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world at Wimbledon which takes place over two weeks in June/July, and London's Olympic Park hosts a wide range of sports including athletics and cycling.

Music and entertainment

The biggest names in music and entertainment perform in the capital on a regular basis with Wembley and The O2 Arena hosting major concerts in front of up to 90,000 fans. Other great venues including the Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, Roundhouse and Alexandra Palace are also popular with students for gigs.

London’s West End is an iconic part of the city with long-running shows like The Lion King, Les Misérables and The Mousetrap complemented by new plays every week, creating a vibrant entertainment hub open to all.


For lovers of art, history and science, London offers world leading museums and galleries, ranging from vast traditional collections to state-of-the-art contemporary exhibitions. Institutions like the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern, the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum are unrivalled and free to enter.

The city also boasts famous markets, some of which have been held in the same area for centuries. Excellent for shopping and whiling away the hours with friends, favourites include Portobello Road for antiques, Spitalfields for fashion, art and design, and Borough Market for food.

Getting around

London's public transport network is arguably the best in the UK with the world-famous London Underground network, the DLR, trams, the London Overground, buses, boats and National Rail services all providing a great way to get around the city.

With 11 Tube lines navigating across London in every direction, and the Night Tube operating throughout Friday and Saturday night, the Underground is a popular and efficient to get around the city. Click here for more information on the London Underground.