LLM GUIDE Focus on Student Life: London

Some observations and tips about living in the bustling U.K. capital

A feature about London is the perfect way to begin the new LLM GUIDE article series about student life in some of the world’s most popular destinations for LL.M. students.

Several thousand students come to London every year to experience the city’s rich educational and intellectual tradition, as well as its exciting multicultural atmosphere. With top LL.M. programs, such as those offered at the University of London (King’s College, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, Queen Mary, and SOAS), London attracts some of the best and brightest lawyers from around the world. We thought it might be useful to briefly discuss some important aspects of student life that every London-bound student should know before arriving.

One of the most common statements (or complaints) about London is its high cost of living. Many foreign students find that renting a room or apartment, paying for public transportation, and dining out in London can be rather expensive compared to the places they have lived before.

Most students in London choose to live in dormitories owned by or affiliated with the universities. These dormitories are scattered throughout central London, and usually provide decent accommodation at good value. Other students wish to make their London experience more unique by renting a room independently.

For those who choose not live in the university dorms, the price of renting a furnished room (or “bed-sit“ as they are sometimes called) in London usually falls between the range of £320-450 (or USD 550-780) per month. Of course, you can always pay more than that if you want a bigger or more-centrally located room, or simply want your own apartment.

Rent prices in London depend on a number of different factors. Like anywhere, quality and size of the room or apartment certainly plays a role; so does its location and its proximity to public transportation. For example, renters should expect to pay more for a room or flat in the city center (Zones 1 and 2), than if they live further outside central London. And if the flat is within short walking distance from a London Underground (or “Tube“) station, then renters should expect that luxury to be reflected in the price of their monthly rent.

Since most students find it necessary to travel regularly to and from central London for classes and social activities, living close to a Tube station or bus line definitely has its advantages. If you do find yourself travelling frequently on London public transportation, perhaps you should consider obtaining an “Oyster“ card that allows for cheaper transportation and student discounts.

But for all the fuss about costs, London has so much to offer students who go there to study. On any given day or night, there are almost unlimited options for entertainment and cultural engagement: world-class theater and cinema on the Southbank and in the West End; opera and classical music in Covent Garden; jazz clubs in bohemian Soho; gritty and cutting-edge live music in trendy Brixton or Shoredich; world-famous museums, such as the British Museum, National Gallery, and Tate Modern; the fascinating chaos of Camden Town and Portobello Road markets; and inspiring strolls through London’s parks, such as Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, and Hyde Park.

Below we have included a few links to some websites where you may find some useful information about living in London:


Image: London Thames Sunset panorama by Diliff / Creative Commons (cropped)

Comments


Related Law Schools

London, United Kingdom 75 Followers 145 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 13 Followers 7 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 10 Followers 16 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 55 Followers 71 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 520 Followers 866 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 70 Followers 168 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 815 Followers 808 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 650 Followers 872 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 690 Followers 879 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 20 Followers 16 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 31 Followers 32 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 11 Followers 3 Discussions

LLM News

LL.M. Application Deadlines for Fall 2020 - Law Schools in the UK & Ireland

Sep 30, 2019

More LLM News

More LLM Articles

Should you do an LL.M. or a GDL?

Nov 14, 2019

An LL.M. is valuable, but it does not give you the right to practice law in the UK. A GDL does.

Mythical Splendor: LL.M. Programs in Scotland

Nov 04, 2019

There are few downsides to attending law school in this beautiful, successful and welcoming country north of England

Work Experience and the LL.M.

Nov 01, 2019

What’s the right amount of work experience on an LL.M. application?

More Articles

Related Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists