Cultural and academic resources
London offers you an unrivalled range of culture, history, art and leisure.
- around 250 museums and galleries, including world-famous art galleries like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, as well as smaller modern galleries such as the Whitechapel, Saatchi or White Cube. Renowned museums include the British, Victoria and Albert (V&A), Natural History, Design and Science museums, as well as lesser-known collections like the Hunterian Museum (surgical history) and the Horniman Museum (anthropology and natural history)
- mixed performance and exhibition spaces such as the Barbican, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Southbank Centre
- plays and musicals in the West End and Shakespeare's Globe, cinemas in Leicester Square and on the South Bank, and plenty of venues for rock, pop, classical and opera
- the chance to watch, or take part in, all kinds of sport, from tennis at Wimbledon to London's yearly Marathon;
- the Museum of London, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and walking tours around the neighbourhoods of Charles Dickens or Jack the Ripper.
The Student View
" There are so many exciting things to do as a student and a Londoner.
"I have met so many interesting and diverse people, and learnt a lot from these friendships - so my learning has extended beyond the classroom. I have had to grow up quickly and become an 'adult', which has given me more responsibility and I'm grateful for that. Living in London exposes you to the real world; I don't think I'll be as shocked when I begin my career and have to do more things for myself.
There are so many exciting things to do as a student and a Londoner. I love that I can leave my house and go for a stroll across the city that is so often featured on screen, or visit a free museum, gallery or event. There are so many exciting sub-cultures and areas of London that you can explore. It's a bit of a cliché but there is something for everyone."
Stephanie Lau, Fourth Year, Geography BA
A selection of websites highlighting some of the cultural resources London has to offer.
The resources for learning you can enjoy in London are many and varied:
- with its countless libraries, archives, cultural spaces and professional bodies, this is the perfect place to find context and support for your studies
- London houses more than 350 public libraries and nearly a third of all the archives in the UK, from the world-famous British and Guildhall Libraries and British Newspaper Archives at Colindale to the National Archives at Kew
- free lectures, workshops and exhibitions are offered by institutions like the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution and the Wellcome Collection
- History of Art students are often taught in galleries, directly in front of the works under discussion
- Arts and Humanities students benefit from a wealth of cinemas and theatres
- Law and Politics students are near the UK's seat of government, and can observe debates in the Houses of Parliament or meetings of the London Assembly in City Hall
- Biological Sciences students have easy access to ZSL London Zoo, the Natural History Museum or the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
- Medical students can take advantage of UCL's various clinical and research institutions, including the Institutes of Child Health, Neurology, Ophthalmology and the Ear Institute. The new Francis Crick Institute opened in 2016.
- London itself provides a living laboratory for students of geography, civil engineering and the built environment.