Living in London vs Paris vs Berlin


g-dat
Hey everyone, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the live in London (cost of living, quality of life, etc.) as compared to Paris and Berlin? For me, the biggest plus is that everyone speaks English :D

I'm looking at UCL's Competition Law LL.M. but also Paris' LL.M. in Fr/EU/Int Business Law and Berlin's LL.M. in Business, Competition and Regulation.

PS: These are the programmes:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/study/llm-master-laws is the UCL one,
https://www.univ-paris1.fr/diplomes/llm/llm-de-droit-francais-et-de-droit-europen-et-droit-international-des-affaires/ is the Paris one,
www.jura.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/masterstudiengaenge/mbl-fu/ is the Berlin one.
Hey everyone, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the live in London (cost of living, quality of life, etc.) as compared to Paris and Berlin? For me, the biggest plus is that everyone speaks English :D

I'm looking at UCL's Competition Law LL.M. but also Paris' LL.M. in Fr/EU/Int Business Law and Berlin's LL.M. in Business, Competition and Regulation.

PS: These are the programmes:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/study/llm-master-laws is the UCL one,
https://www.univ-paris1.fr/diplomes/llm/llm-de-droit-francais-et-de-droit-europen-et-droit-international-des-affaires/ is the Paris one,
www.jura.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/masterstudiengaenge/mbl-fu/ is the Berlin one.
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Ribben
Hi g-dat, I think that quality of life-wise all three cities are pretty equal. All three are major cities and the beating heart of their countries, so I expect there to be a hell of a lot going on all the time. Maybe the one difference that I would make is that Berlin is not really the economic heart of Germany, whereas London and Paris definitely are the economic centres of England and France. So maybe that does make a difference if you plan to do internships during or right after your studies.

Ofcourse language can be a barrier if you only speak English. Although in Berlin pretty much everyone of our generation speaks English pretty well and I don't think you'll have trouble communicating. This might be different in Paris, as the French tend to hold on very tightly to their language. But in any case, you need to put this into perspective: you're doing an international programme and you'll likely only hang out with international students, all of which speak English amongst one another. It's unlikely that you'll spend a lot of time meeting locals, unless you want to do internships.

Cost of living then, I think that London is the most expensive option, closely followed by Paris. Berlin is a whole lot cheaper and surprisingly affordable for a capital city its size.
Hi g-dat, I think that quality of life-wise all three cities are pretty equal. All three are major cities and the beating heart of their countries, so I expect there to be a hell of a lot going on all the time. Maybe the one difference that I would make is that Berlin is not really the economic heart of Germany, whereas London and Paris definitely are the economic centres of England and France. So maybe that does make a difference if you plan to do internships during or right after your studies.

Ofcourse language can be a barrier if you only speak English. Although in Berlin pretty much everyone of our generation speaks English pretty well and I don't think you'll have trouble communicating. This might be different in Paris, as the French tend to hold on very tightly to their language. But in any case, you need to put this into perspective: you're doing an international programme and you'll likely only hang out with international students, all of which speak English amongst one another. It's unlikely that you'll spend a lot of time meeting locals, unless you want to do internships.

Cost of living then, I think that London is the most expensive option, closely followed by Paris. Berlin is a whole lot cheaper and surprisingly affordable for a capital city its size.
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g-dat
Hi Ribben, thank's a lot for your reply.

Yeah, the economy is something to consider! But then again, Germany seems overall to have a pretty strong economy, probably stronger than the UK and France? I guess my French would not be sufficient for courses but it could actually also be a nice challenge to learn it (or German^^).

Thanks for the update on the cost of living. The UCL programme is also more expansive in terms of tuition fee but hm....

Any idea what job opportunities are like in these three countries/cities?
Hi Ribben, thank's a lot for your reply.

Yeah, the economy is something to consider! But then again, Germany seems overall to have a pretty strong economy, probably stronger than the UK and France? I guess my French would not be sufficient for courses but it could actually also be a nice challenge to learn it (or German^^).

Thanks for the update on the cost of living. The UCL programme is also more expansive in terms of tuition fee but hm....

Any idea what job opportunities are like in these three countries/cities?
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