Life in Central London is like no other experience on Earth, and studying in London is no different. Walk down Oxford Street and through Charing Cross Road to see a mix of ages, cultures and backgrounds all come together in historic London.
London is served by a number of major airports. Each of them has a transport link provided by Transport for London (TfL). Radcliffe College is close to Oxford Circus Station on the Victoria and Central Lines.
• Heathrow Airport, the major international airport, is on the London Underground Piccadilly Line. This connects at Green Park Station to the Victoria Line.
• Stansted Airport offers a special high-frequency service called Stansted Express. This service terminates at Liverpool Street Station, which connects to the Central Line.
• Gatwick Airport is accessible by train from London Victoria Station (with connections to the Victoria Line) or by a special shuttle coach service.
• London City Airport is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which can be used to access Central London. Bank Station is a terminus of the DLR, and the Central Line runs from Bank to Oxford Circus.
London has no shortage of resources for the student – in addition to what we already have at Radcliffe College!
• Near King’s Cross Station is the fantastic British Library (www.bl.uk), free to join and containing every book published in the UK – great for studying and getting information never seen elsewhere!
• For visual representations of history, London’s famous museums are all free to visit and well worth it… from the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk) to the Egyptian Mummies at the British Museum (britishmuseum.org) – 15 minutes’ walk from Radcliffe College! – there will always be things to inspire you!
• Euston’s fantastic Welcome Collection is well worth a visit, as are the Tate Galleries – so many things to do and see for the busy student!
Student life is more than just study. There is plenty to see and do once you have finished college for the day… and with London at your fingertips, you can do almost anything! Here’s just a selection of what the city has to offer.
• London has some of the most famous theatres in the world, with “Theatreland” being just around the corner from Radcliffe in London’s famous West End – showing some of the longest-running and best shows ever!
• The rich cultural history of London can be discovered by taking a look at the infamous Tower of London, visiting the Roman Wall, or climbing the Monument to the infamous Great Fire of London!
• Visit the famous City of London with its fantastic clash of old buildings with brand new structures such as the Strand and Gherkin!
• London is famous for its shopping. As well as Oxford Street, you can visit Camden Market, Harrods, Liberty and Selfridge’s, to name a few! Hidden gems like Burlington Arcade and Covent Garden provide a haven for the busy shopper, too!
• You can’t visit London without visiting the Houses of Parliament… at least once.
• Soho comes alive at night, with its eclectic choice of bars, pubs and clubs, you are spoilt for choice… London never sleeps, so why should you?
• If you like a bit of light in your nightlife, visit Piccadilly Circus – the neon signs are astounding in the dark, and the bustling nightlife there (with all the cafés and bars open in nearby Leicester Square) is as much a part of London as anywhere else is.
• Vauxhall and Brixton are great places for independent music lovers, and if you want to see street performers at night, head to Seven Dials – there’s always something going on there.
• There is a wealth of things happening on the South Bank at any time of day or night – from the Christmas German Market to the New Year Fireworks. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in London, and you’ll soon see why if you go!