University Guide

University of London

The University of Londonis one of the largest, most diverse universities in the UK with over 12,000 students in London, and a further 50,000 studying across 190 countries for a University of London degree. For almost 200 years, the University has improved the lives of millions of students through its unique approach to education.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of London.

  • Rankings

    The University of London consists of 17 member institutions, which all rank highly compared to other universities year after year. The institutions frequently appear in the top ten of the subject tables, with LSE, UCL and King’s College London performing particularly well.

  • Employability

    The University of London offers global work-based learning opportunities within prestigious organisations and expert careers support to our students around the world. These efforts were acknowledged in 2012, as the University earned an award nomination for the ‘Most Improved Commitment to Employability’.

  • Fees

    The University of London tuition fees vary depending on the selected course. More information and individual course fees can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    The level of competition for scholarships and educational awards is very high, meaning students should apply the course early if they plan to apply for a related award. Some examples of bursaries include the Teaching Centre Bursary, International Sports Management Scholarships and Commonwealth Scholarships.


Intercollegiate Halls provide a wide range of accommodation to suit the needs of every student; from catered single, twin and double rooms to self-catered studios and family apartments. The accommodation is open to all students coming to London to attend a public funded university, giving it a diverse range of students. All the properties are located in central London in zones 1 and 2, meaning it is nearby to all of the London landmarks, university facilities and different transport links. For some alternative options of private student accommodation, take a look at AFS’s suggestions.

Students' Union

The University of London’s Student’s union is the largest student centre in Europe. When studying for a University of London degree, students become one the 120,000 members automatically. The Union supports events, sports clubs, societies and much more for all the 18 self-governing colleges within the University.

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Famous for

Nelson Mandela attended the University of London during the 1960s and 1970s studying Law while he was imprisoned. Although he passed his intermediate exams in 1963, conditions imposed by the South African authorities prevented him from completing his degree.


Five highly esteemed individuals from the worlds of business, food, social work, broadcast, and higher education have been awarded honorary degrees and fellowships by the University of London at its Foundation Day event. The ceremony, which was held on 22 November, was presided over by HRH The Princess Royal to commemorate the establishment of the University of London in 1836.

AFS says

"London is a tricky city to write about. Not only because 1000-or-so words in nowhere near enough to even really begin to say everything great about it, but because it is always changing".

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