The results are in! The QS Best Student Cities 2015 ranking has released its findings, placing London as the world’s third best city for those in higher education. Only Paris and Melbourne beat London, which has the honour of being the sole UK city in the top 20. In fact, the UK’s next highest rated city was Edinburgh, at number 26.
London undoubtedly has a great deal to offer students. The UK capital has not only a host of excellent academic facilities, but also more recreation and entertainment options than anywhere else in the UK.
Eri Cuanalo, CEO of cutting edge student accommodation provider Collegiate which manages a number of sites in London, comments,
“London has absolutely everything a student could desire. From eating to socialising to shopping, it’s a world-class venue that provides endless entertainment options. It’s also the perfect location for students nearing the end of their formal education, thanks to the countless job opportunities that abound there.”
Cuisine is certainly one of London’s key attractions and the city is packed with eateries that suit all budgets, from funky independent cafés to restaurants serving almost every fare imaginable. The capital also offers some of the world’s best markets, including the iconic Borough Market, which had taken home no less than six awards at last count. Pop up eateries and supper clubs add to London’s charms for those who demand more than typical student fare.
Of course, London is also famous for its shopping. Oxford Street is a buzzing retail mecca, not to mention iconic stores such as Harrods, Selfridges or Liberty. Many local areas also have excellent shopping facilities, with enormous malls such as Westfield offering every store that even the most dedicated shopaholic could desire.
Students do need to be wary though – as with any city of this size, London has less salubrious areas and those who don’t know the city need to chose their accommodation carefully. It’s why providers of modern student apartments, such as Collegiate, are attracting such a loyal following of residents. Their prime locations and high quality accommodation offer the perfect blend of style, comfort and security.
Collegiate’s Academic House in Herne Hill, for example, offers the peace of a leafy suburb, but is only 12 minutes from central London by train, giving students the best of both worlds. The apartments come with contemporary kitchen facilities, individual en suites, double beds and plentiful storage space, enabling students to make themselves at home and enjoy their university life to the max.
Over by King’s College London, Collegiate provides two further fantastic properties. Orchard Lisle is conveniently located right on the Guy’s campus at King’s and offers studio and non-en suite accommodation specifically for undergraduates. On-site study/seminar rooms allow for work to be carried out in peace, while the signature Collegiate features of on-site laundry, CCTV and secure electronic door entry systems take care of practical needs.
Iris Brook House is an alternative option for King’s College postgraduates looking for high end, non-en suite accommodation in an excellent location. Contemporary interiors and well-designed layouts ensure that students feel comfortably settled in to Iris Brook House for the duration of their studies.