London is the capital of the United Kingdom and is regarded as one of the most popular tourist cities in the UK by travellers worldwide. It is full of rich cultural life with many museums and exhibition halls. Famous landmarks such as London Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, and more are a must-see for anyone visiting London. While Hong Kong has the Octopus Card, London has the Oyster Card. It is used for public transport in London and is cheaper than paying with cash. Remember to buy one because this card can be used for various transportation modes such as the Underground, Overground, National Rail, Light Rail, buses, and trams. However, it can only be used in London and cannot be used in other cities. Unlike other cities in the UK, London has many universities situated in different corners of the city. It is interesting that people often use simple English alphabets to refer to them. Students often joke about them being the 'Alphabet University'.
Popular universities in London:
University College London (UCL) and The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are both top universities in the UK and are part of the G5 elite universities. Therefore, there are many applicants every year, and interested students should apply as early as possible.
King's College London (KCL) is one of the members of the University of London federation and also belongs to the UK Russell Group University. Although KCL is not a member of the G5, it has a long history and various educational and research contributions.
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is also a member of the University of London federation and the UK Russell Group University. It is the only campus in the heart of London that combines teaching, research, and accommodation.
Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is one of the members of the University of London federation and has been selected as one of the world's top 16 most beautiful campuses. The information security subject is among the top-ranking globally, and the QS ranking is also in the top 200.
University of the Arts London (UAL)
The University of the Arts, London (UAL) is one of the world's top art schools, and many well-known designers, including Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith, have graduated from the university. In addition to university courses, there are also short-term courses available for students interested in design. Many students interested in design often enrol in summer courses.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Popular subjects at SOAS include languages, culture, literature, Asia, history, religion, and philosophy. As one of the universities in the University of London federation, the Chinese name for SOAS is the London University School of Oriental and African Studies. It is the only university in the UK dedicated to the humanities and social sciences of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The university library has over 1.2 million books covering 4,000 different languages. If you're interested in humanities and literary studies, don't miss the opportunity to study at SOAS!
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