From flats to burgers, London may not be as expensive as you think

Feb 15th, 2012 | By | Category: London News

Perhaps one of the most consistent complaints heard from Londoners, aside from the terminally enigmatic weather is how expensive it is to live in London. Spiralling accommodation prices mean that only the very wealthy can live near the centre and rising rents have driven many small businesses to the brink of oblivion. It’s often hard to walk out of your front door without spending a tenner and if you want to experience the best of London you have to do some creative account juggling. It is for this reason that one wouldn’t considering this fascinating, exciting and endlessly surprising city as a good choice for students, traditionally the most cash-strapped demographic, but a recent poll has shown that London may not be as inaccessible for those who want to learn as previously supposed.


The QS Best Student Cities poll ranked London the second best city for students out of the 50 ranked. Whilst the top spot went to Paris, London scored highly on the reputation of its institutions, such as Imperial College London and University College of London and factors, which would be of the utmost importance to visiting students, such as the price of a burger. Quality of life and crime rates were also taken into account. Unfortunately the poll indicates that London is still a very expensive place to study, with a high cost of student accommodation and tuition fees as high as £20,000 a year, which seems astronomical when compared to Paris’s very affordable £1,000 a year. However, the price reflects the quality of education and tuition and international students who wish to study in this historic and vibrant city should consider it an investment.


There was an estimated 1.8 million international students in the UK last year, many of who were studying in the capital and these numbers are expected to increase. Aside from adding to the vibrant melting pot, which makes London’s community so exciting, international students bolster the economy, so it is important to address the factors that pushed London into second place, perhaps by introducing cheaper student apartments, such as NIDO Student Living, or perhaps by assessing the cost of tuition to see where improvements could be made. Certainly, Londoners themselves would welcome the idea of cheaper flats and possibly burgers.


If you are considering studying in the second best student city in the world, you may want to pay a prospective visit to some of the best institutions. UCL is in north London, near Euston tube station and there are many fantastic places to stay nearby. MIC is a reasonable hotel with funky rooms, which will give you a glimpse of the kind of style you can expect in this cosmopolitan city. Euston Square Hotel is a charming establishment, which offers very affordable cheerful rooms, which won’t require an extension on your student loan. Imperial College London is in Knightsbridge, one of London’s more exclusive areas, close to Harrods Department Store. If you can afford the luxury prices, you can splash out ad treat yourself to an opulent, stately room at The Cadogan, very close to the college.

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