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.
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.
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!