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Within and beyond London

With five international airports, the London Eurostar Terminal and 12 national rail termini, London is a major travel hub. It’s a city that’s easy to get to – and get out of; a perfect gateway for exploring the rest of Britain and Europe.

Travel in London

London has an excellent public transport infrastructure meaning that it’s easy for you to get around the city. The London Underground – known by Londoners as ‘the Tube’ – together with a comprehensive bus network, a Cycle Hire scheme, the London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) link up all of London’s districts. As a student in London, you can benefit from a 30% discount on travel passes. However, you will find that walking is a great way to get to know the city, and most places in central London are within walking distance of each other. Guided walking tours, often based on historical themes or famous former residents, are available.

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As the nation’s capital, London has direct travel links to the rest of the UK. Whilst living here during your studies, you can use London as a base from which to explore the rest of the UK. Brighton is one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts and it is a short train journey from London. Further afield, what about a weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, or a trip to the cultural centres of Manchester, York or Bath?


Spending time studying in London presents you with a superb opportunity to explore other regions of Europe. London’s status as a global travel hub means that over 40 more European countries, with all their variety and cultural richness, are within easy reach. All of Europe’s major cities are a short flight away and London’s Eurostar terminal is at St Pancras International, a few minutes’ walk from UCL. This offers you direct high-speed rail connections to Paris (2 hours 15 minutes) and Brussels (1 hour 55 minutes), with onward connections to many European destinations. A number of budget airlines connect London to other European cities and some great bargains are available.

Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Rome, or further afield – maybe Helsinki or Moscow; a weekend city break or perhaps a longer trip at the end of your studies: London is a great base for exploring the rest of Europe. Study abroad at UCL allows you to combine a world-class educational experience with the opportunity to sample the diverse countries, languages and cultures of Europe.

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