The University of Greenwich encourages international students to explore. Read benefits of living in London, one of the largest multicultural cities.

One of the many reasons that students decide to study at the University of Greenwich is its location, which mixes 'big city' London with the countryside attractions of the county of Kent.

London, the home of the 2012 Olympics, is the capital of England and is situated in the south-east of the country. Our Greenwich and Avery Hill Campuses are located here. London is a thriving city with something for everyone. If you visit as a tourist, don't miss the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben; if you enjoy music, you will love Notting Hill Carnival, our international concert venues (such as the O2 and the Royal Albert Hall) and our parkland festivals.

The capital is famous for its shops and restaurants, and many are perfect for the budget-conscious student.

London is a great place for socialising with friends, but it is also excellent for that other part of being a student: learning and expanding your mind. Whether it is science, history, art and design or fashion that interests you, there are a wide range of wonderful museums and galleries to explore - and, best of all, many are free!

The county of Kent boasts scenic countryside, coastal resorts and many tourist attractions, including Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral. There are many towns to explore with shopping areas,entertainment venues, leisure centres,restaurants and local attractions to keep you occupied when you are taking a break from your studies.

Medway has excellent links to the rest of the county, and the campus is close to the historic town of Rochester.

Museums and galleries

London has nearly 750 art galleries and museums, ranging from large galleries like the National Gallery, the Tate Modern and the Science Museum that show major collections, to small, specialist studios and exhibitions like the Photographer's Gallery near Leicester Square and the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.

Live music

Live bands play every night in London. You will be able to catch everything from international superstars playing in large stadiums and venues to local bands playing in bars, pubs and clubs.

Classical music, opera and ballet

National and international classical, opera and ballet stars perform throughout the year at major concert halls like the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera House and the Albert Hall.

Theatre and cinema

London has a thriving and diverse theatre life with major musicals and plays running in the West End and independent productions playing in local theatres across the capital.

You will also find cinemas throughout London that show everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent and arthouse pictures. There are three cinemas in Greenwich, including Greenwich Picture House.
 and a  multiplex at The O2.


From chain stores on Oxford Street to upmarket shops in Covent Garden to open-air stalls and street markets, you'll find shops that cater to every taste and budget.

You may also want to visit the Bluewater Shopping Centre, which is only a train ride away from Greenwich.


Living in London offers an unparalleled opportunity to watch sport. International matches for most major sports take place in the capital throughout the year and the Charlton Athletic football ground is also close to our Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses.