London student life

Your guide to living in London as a student

The UK capital city attracts students from all over the world who come for the academic and commercial opportunities London has to offer. Around 438,000 international students studied in London in 2015-16 (UK Council for International Student Affairs), so it is easy to make friends from across the globe. Bellerbys College London is just 30 minutes from central London near leafy Greenwich – giving you a relaxing place to study whilst still close to the bustle of the city.

Top things to do in London

  • Visit world-class museums and galleries like the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
  • Relax in one of the city’s many parks – Greenwich Park is one of the Royal Parks with green space and gardens, and only a short walk away.
  • Discover Royal attractions including Buckingham Palace (the London residence of the Queen) and the Tower of London, where the crown jewels are kept. 
  • Experience the London Eye, an observation wheel offering iconic views along the River Thames.
  • See a West End show in the famous theatre district.

An international city

Living in the UK capital you will be surrounded by global companies and thriving industries. It is a hub for culture, fashion, history and music from all over the world. London is also home to a world-leading financial district, leading to a wide range of international work opportunities.

You will be surrounded by global companies and thriving industries

Spend your free time discovering world-class museums, art galleries and public parks. Living in London you will never run out of things to do, from theatres to visit, restaurants to try and concerts and comedy shows to enjoy.

Explore Greenwich

Greenwich is located on the banks of the River Thames. You can take boat trips or ride on the Emirates Air Line (cable car) for fantastic city views surrounded by beautiful countryside. 

Just a short walk from the College is Royal Museums Greenwich, set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see the Royal Observatory Greenwich and discover maritime history with the Cutty Sark ship and National Maritime Museum. 

Food and restaurants 

London has great food and amazing markets. You will never run out of restaurants and cafés to spend time in. Borough Market is near London Bridge and you'll find fresh produce and live cooking demonstrations. Closer to the College, Greenwich Market is open daily with delicious food stalls, as well as fashion, crafts and antiques.

Places of worship

London is a multicultural city with a variety of places of worship. In Greenwich, you will find a mosque, Catholic and Anglican churches, a Buddhist centre, an Islamic centre, a synagogue, a Hindu temple and a Gurdwara.


London is home to many teams across many sports. Football is the most popular spectator sport in London, with many of England’s leading teams based here. The UK’s national football stadium, Wembley Stadium, is located in north-west London and is the home of many high-profile games. London has also hosted the Summer Olympics three times – the only city in the world to do so.


London is a popular destination for musicians to play. There are a range of small and large venues across the city, so you’re sure to find a musician you like playing at some point. Large venues such as The O2, Wembley Arena, Brixton Academy and the Royal Albert Hall attract famous acts from around the world. There are also outdoor venues across the city, such as Hyde Park, Hampton Court Palace and Finsbury Park – perfect places for a summer festival.

Museums and galleries

Many of London’s world-class museums are free to visit. Marvel at the natural world in the Natural History Museum or take in the Science Museum in South Kensington. Around the corner, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is famous for its extensive art and design collection. You can see human history through the ages at the British Museum or wander the extensive art galleries of the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. 

Getting around

You can walk, cycle, or take a bus or the tube to anywhere in the city. Hiring a bike is simple and affordable with the London bikeshare scheme. You can pick up and drop off a bike at areas across central London. 

The College is in Greenwich with excellent transport links to the city centre and beyond. The nearest train stations are Deptford and Greenwich.

  • Bellerbys London to Gatwick Airport: 1 hour by train
  • Bellerbys London to Heathrow Airport: 1 hour and 15 minutes by train

London Map

Zhiying from China

Bellerbys star student Zhiying

"London is a kind of melting pot, so you can be exposed to diverse people. The architecture is quite different from that in my country. Those things are eye openers for me."

Zhiying from China - Studied International Year 1 in Business and Management

Accommodation London

London accommodation student room with modern desk and window

The McMillan Student Village is our comfortable, safe accommodation on-campus. Most students live here and enjoy the convenience of living just minutes from their classes.

Bellerbys London

Bellerbys London Star Student Tran outside the College

Bellerbys College London will help you connect to industries of the future in a global city. Explore the College campus, take an interactive tour and find about study options, resources and facilities here.