Top 5 reasons to study in East London

Sara's take:

Almost every student that comes to me wanting to study in the UK will have a London school on his or her college abroad list, and it's no surprise.

I, too, was fascinated by this place I'd seen in many movies and of course, while watching Premier League soccer games.

But when I lived in London in 2009, I immediately found myself settling in West London, close to my favorite soccer club, and at that time, East London wasn't really a place people were going to live, let alone study.

So I'm really glad to share a guest post from my colleague, Gemma Murphy, about why you should give East London a further look when applying for college in the UK.

Written by guest blogger Gemma Murphy

London is an incredible city to study in; it's vibrant, diverse, steeped in history and easy to travel around.

But when it comes to choosing which London university is right for you, one of the most important considerations is the part of town where it's located.

We all know academic reputation is high up on the list of priorities when thinking about applying for college abroad, but it’s also so important to pick the right location.

So, with that in mind, let’s talk about one of my favourite parts of London--the East End--and five reasons you should consider studying here.

Location, location, location

East London is the Brooklyn of New York, the Melbourne of Australia, the Vancouver of Canada.

It’s the artsy, hipster, independent coffee shop laden land of students and young professionals.

It’s the edgier part of town, the place people flock to for vintage finds, street art tours, houseboat spotting and some of the best street markets in the city.

It offers a unique experience in London and is a stark contrast to central and West London, which can be more business-focused and swarming with tourists.

Even if you don’t end up studying in the East End, you’ll undoubtedly head that way to find the latest trendy offerings, pop up bars and street food, find great live music and see authentic London at its very best.

High-quality universities

I spent a number of years working for Queen Mary University of London, based in the east, in Mile End, and I couldn’t possibly write this post without mentioning this school.

But I should also give special mention to some other schools you’ll find in the East End, including University of East London and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Each university in London has its own unique academic expertise, identity, reputation and campus, so it’s essential to do your own research and find what works best for you.

However, Queen Mary is one of the few campus-based schools in London and is also one of the most diverse.

Its roots are based in philanthropy, and it attracts students from all over the world.