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6 London students tell us why it is the best place in the world to go to uni

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London was recently named the second best place in the world to go to university – and no one knows its amazing qualities better than the students who call it home.

Despite the higher cost of living compared to other UK cities and the perceived lack of a campus ‘feel’ when studying in the capital, the opportunities that students can take advantage of during and after studying in London – and the huge number of higher education providers they have to choose from – mean that it should be a serious contender for any prospective undergraduate or postgraduate student.

Students from Kaplan Holborn College, which offers a range of business, accountancy, finance and law degrees, share their reasons why being a London student is amazing.

1. It’s inspirational

Emre Aksahin, who studied for a BSc in Banking and Finance and now works at Aberdeen Asset Management, commented: “Studying in close proximity to the City enhanced my desire to succeed in finance and the economic buzz surrounding London is a contributing factor when it came to applying for jobs. London is where I wanted to be.”

Antanas Gomolickis, who is studying Business Management, said: “Studying in the heart of London's business district is another massive plus, as you can actually picture yourself working there three years later.”

2. You’re right in the middle of the action

Antanas added that his favourite thing about studying in the capital is: “The vibe of the big city with plenty of things to do. You can never get bored by the sight of Tower Bridge on your way into uni.”

As any student will know, going to university is about much more than just studying. In London, you also have access to all the culture and events that the city has to offer, while having many of the largest companies on your doorstep means that many students get work experience in the areas where they want to graduate.

3. It gives those with entrepreneurial ambitions the opportunity to achieve them

Francis Temitope Labiran Jr has combined being on track for a First in Business Management with Marketing with founding a media publishing start-up called Wordjar.

Francis says: “During my time at college, my interest in marketing and public relations has grown. In my current position as Director of Strategy at Wordjar, I am also responsible for overseeing all marketing and PR activities. From day to day I am responsible for the management of our social media campaigns, which helps to increase the visibility of our books and website content; I also contribute to and curate the latter. In addition I have been the project manager on the 11 books we have released.”

Another student, Guenes da Silva Carica, founded a purchasing service company called GSC Distribution while studying. He told us: “Kaplan Holborn College has helped me to expand my vision for my company; I now want to expand globally. I have learned how to manage and finance my company, the importance of commercial awareness, and generally how to be more responsible in life.”

4. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune

Studying in the capital doesn’t have to mean paying top dollar for a course. Among London’s large number of higher education providers are specialist organisations and alternative providers, which offer a smaller range of courses focused around specific areas, often at lower tuition fee rates than you’ll find at public universities.

5. ... and in fact, you might even save money

If you’re from London, you might feel the temptation to go further afield for your studies. But with rising rents, growing numbers of students are choosing to stay at home while they study. Even if your parents ask for a contribution towards household costs, it’s unlikely to be as much as renting privately (and if you play your cards right, your mum might even do your washing for you!)

Elena Pencheva, who is studying for a BA in Business Management with Finance, picked out the fact that she’s saving money on accommodation as one of the top benefits of studying in London, as well as having everything she needs a few minutes away and an easy commute. 

6. It’s possible to find smaller places to study, even in the UK’s largest city

While still being based in central London and close to the City, one student, Frances Villa, pointed out that her college’s “good reputation, nice atmosphere, and tutors” were factors in choosing it. She also said that the small size of an alternative higher education provider makes it easier to focus on studying while also being close to everything London has to offer.

To find out more about Kaplan Holborn College, visit holborncollege.ac.uk

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