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Myth 1: It is Very Expensive to Study in London

No matter how you spend your money, quality has a price and a world-class degree is not cheap no matter where you study. The average tuition fee at London universities is £11,000 per year but can be as low as £8,000 and as much as £36,000 depending on the course and university you choose. By comparison, the annual average cost to study at a private university in the USA is £20,000 or £12,000-£18,000 at a public university.

There are many countries where you can find cheaper tuitions fees. However you need to consider the quality of your education and also your chances of getting a job with a well-paid salary when you graduate. London has more universities in the world’s top 200 than any other city in the world and studying in a global city will put you close to some of the world’s top companies.

Find out more about cost of studying in London

Myth 2: It’s Impossible to Get a UK Student Visa

UK student visa rules changed in April 2012 to protect you from bogus colleges. If you are a genuine international student who wants to study in London then you will still be able to get a student visa. Every year, London welcomes more international students than any other city in the world.

Read our Tier 4 UK Student Visa Advice to find out more about the visa application process.

Myth 3: You Cannot Work in the UK After You Graduate

London hosts a number of universities with the best starting salaries for graduates. As a global city, London has fantastic links with blue-chip companies in all industries and the city’s universities have some of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK. 

There are several visa options for international graduates who want to remain in the UK after their studies. The Tier 2 (General) Visa is the primary visa if you wish to work in the UK after your studies. This is open to all students who have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer with a salary of at least £20,300. Other work visas for international students include the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa and the Tier 4 Student visa (for PhD students). And don’t forget, you can still work in London during your studies.

Find out more about working in London and the UK during and after your studies

Myth 4: It’s Not Safe to Study in London

We understand you may be nervous about studying in a big, global city like London but the city is very safe when compared to most big cities. In fact crime rates have been falling rapidly in recent years with an increase in the number of police volunteers patrolling the streets. As with all major cities you can remain safe and avoid dangerous situations by using common sense and taking sensible precautions.

Read tips on staying safe in London

Myth 5: It’s Always Raining in the UK

The image of Londoners with umbrellas walking through the rain seems to be one of the first things many students think about when they imagine life in London. However our average annual rainfall is less than Rome, Amsterdam, Vancouver, New York City, Sao Paulo, Sydney and many more!

Read more about London’s weather

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Ten skills you need to get a graduate job

Even before you start at university, you will be thinking about what kind of job you will get once you graduate. Whether you plan to stay in the UK or to go back home, your time at university will give you the opportunity to gain a number of important skills which will be valued by […]

Money Saving Tips for Students in London

From working part-time to enjoying free attractions, there are many ways you can save money while studying in London. Get a part-time job. International students are allowed to work for 20 hours a week while studying in London and there are loads of part-time jobs available. London boasts many free attractions, from world-class museums to amazing […]

Top 10 Reasons to Study in London

Mortar Board World Record for London University Students

  1. Quality universities: London has six universities in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. 2. A welcoming student city: London is the most diverse and welcoming city in the world. Students from more than 200 different nations study here. 3. Great social life: You’ll never be bored in London […]

All in a Day’s Work: Working while Studying in London

Many international students choose to work while studying at universities in London, to gain vital work experience and help fund their studies and social lives. And there are thousands of jobs available, too – here are our tips for working while studying in London.

UNI NEWS ROUND-UP: Graduate Fashion Week Highlights

Graduate Fashion Week takes place in London every June. The acclaimed exhibition showcases the work of over 1,000 fashion graduates to more than 20,000 guests every year. This year we saw winning displays – and catwalk footage – from the University of East London, Kingston University and the University of Westminster, plus more fashion news […]

Hollywood magic visits Kingston University

A little bit of movie glamour came to Kingston University recently, in the form of Shelley Page, head of international outreach for DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Animation is the US film studio behind recent release The Croods, shown in the trailer above, plus animated classics such as Shrek and Madagascar. Shelley Page graduated from Kingston in […]

Undergraduate of the Year – Student of the Month

June’s student of the month is Rosa O’Rourke, winner the Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year Award. The Royal Holloway, University of London student beat over 500 students to the top prize and a fantastic summer internship opportunity with Barclays Wealth. We spoke to Rosa and asked her about student life in London. Hello Rosa, […]

How Student Volunteering Can Boost Your CV

Did you know that 73% of employers say they would rather employ someone with voluntary experience than someone without? Volunteering is a great way for students to add work experience to their CV whilst also giving something back to society and the local community. Most universities in London will help you find the perfect volunteering […]

Students Jobs at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games are getting very close and we’re incredibly excited. London will soon be at the centre of the world’s attention in July and August so we thought we’d take a quick look at how our students and universities are helping the city prepare for the greatest show on Earth. […]

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