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Your life in London

Are you ready for university life? This is one of the most important questions to consider when you are deciding where to take the next step on your academic career. Going out, seeing new places, trying new activities – these are all part of the experience in the nation’s vibrant capital city.  

Studying in London means that you will always have something fun to do, no matter the day, time or weather. There are endless pubs and restaurants in the nearby Stratford and Hackney Wick neighbourhoods, which provide plenty of food options and attractions to explore right on our doorstep.  

Eat and drink

Four Quarters

Grab a drink and play a wide array of arcade classics like Tekken Tag, Crazy Taxi, and Donkey Kong.

Food Trucks

You can get new and exciting cuisine from a different local food truck every day, directly downstairs from campus.

Saint Espresso 

Grab one of the best sausage rolls in the city on your way to your lecture. There are many local cafes and bakeries nearby, so there is always something close to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Arcelormittal Orbit

Take a lift to the top of the 114.5 m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, discover iconic London sights, and take a twisting plummet down the world’s largest tunnel slide. 

Victoria Park

Stretching more than 85 hectares and seeing approximately 9 million visitors per year, Victoria Park is a popular leisure destination for many.

Belong Gaming Arena

Pay by the hour or turn up for the night to play video games at the UK’s premier PC café chain! Located in Westfield, this 24-person gaming arena regularly hosts public tournaments and regularly scheduled game nights. 

Copper Box  

The home of both the London Lions (basketball) and Royal Ravens (Call of Duty) is right around the corner from campus.

Staying active

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

The Centre offers 10 tennis courts and two hockey pitches. Programmes are available for those looking to improve their skills. You can both book ahead or simply turn up and get some games in before or after class. 

London Aquatics Centre

The London Aquatics Centre is one of the most iconic venues of the London 2012 Games, and it’s now available to the public. Book a membership to gain access to the 3 Olympic sized pools and the quality gym, or just turn up for Ultimate Aqua Splash. 

Lee Valley Velopark

This bikers’ paradise has four cycling options for you to explore. You can choose from cycling the track in the exciting Velodrome, race on the one-mile road circuit, tackle the 8km mountain bike trails, or try out the remodelled Olympic BMX track. 

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