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International student life

Studying with us provides opportunities to meet people from all over the world and live a unique student life. We believe that London is the best place to make the most of your university experience.

Exploring London

Exploring London

As of 2024, London has been voted the world's best student city for five years running (QS Top Student Cities) - and we have to agree.

Being in London means you're close to museums and art galleries, shopping and nightlife - and so much green open space. It is a melting pot of different cultures, perspectives, and ideas with a diverse and vibrant student culture.

Get a sense of what it’s really like to study in this amazing city, by hearing from our international students.

Life as
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Hi everyone, my name is Adela and I recently graduated from the BA Advertising, Public Relations and Branding at . Coming to , I wasn't really sure what to expect academically because I was coming from another country.  

What surprised and amazed me was how creative, practical and collaborative the lessons were. The biggest challenge for me was definitely moving to London. What helped me was getting in touch with my family as much as possible and also me and my classmates.  

We started recording podcasts at one of the university's recording studios, which worked as an amazing therapy and helped us to get through the beginning of our studies. Studying at helped me to discover my biggest passion for graphic design and branding, which led into establishing my little studio that's been slowly growing.  

And also the support from the tutors helped me to get an offer for my master's degree in the graphic design field. One of my highlights was meeting with the people from different countries, from different culture or professional backgrounds.  

I am a person who loves to meet with people who loves to socialize. So getting in touch and making friends with people from all around the world was just amazing. Aside of graduating with the first class, proud that I took the opportunity, overcame my fear and got transferred for my last academic year to where I became a part of MDX community where I found a lot of amazing friends and had a chance to explore the beautiful island.  

What I learned about myself during my three years at the university is that I'm capable of more than I would ever imagine and that taking the risk and opportunities and challenges is the best I can do for myself.  

Life as an international student at

Clubs and societies

Clubs and societies

There are over 50 clubs and societies that you can be a part of at . If there isn’t one that you like, you can also set up your own club or society with the help of the Students Union.

Some of our current international students are part of:

  • The Language and Cultural Exchange
  • Tennis Club
  • KPop society
  • Anime Society
  • Volleyball
  • PakSoc
  • ArabSoc
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Make friends and connections for life

Make friends and connections for life

You’ll join a community of students from 122 nationalities at .

How To Make Friends
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I made a lot of friends. My friends and I would play basketball or we would just go skate around the campus which was really cool. I'm not much of a party person but I have made lots of friends. When I first came to I was incredibly shy and quite meek about things.

 

I've got like a bit of a confidence boost, I can talk about myself. The campus facilities have been great for that, you know, kind of going and meeting each other in the quad for a coffee. As a first year student you have a really good benefit that there are a lot of events and opportunities for you.

 

Or study sessions in the library and there's different floors in the library where you can talk or not talk. I feel greater about myself, not only as a designer but as a person as well. The university is a great place for kind of building that friendship and that relationship.

 

Don't overthink it, write them or text them, attend every event, go to different networking events. Talk to people as much as you can and I think then you will find your ones.

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International Student Ambassadors

International Student Ambassadors

A great way to earn some extra cash and gain work experience is by becoming one of our International Student Ambassadors. You’ll work alongside other students from all around the world, assist at a variety of events and support a range of marketing tasks.

Applications typically open in October. 

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Supporting our international students

Supporting our international students

To get the most out of your university experience, we encourage you to speak to our teams on campus who are there to help you settle into your new life abroad. We know that studying away from home can be daunting, but our teams can answer your questions and give you the information you need to feel at home. 

UniHelp

UniHelp are a team of friendly advisors who can offer guidance, resolve enquiries and refer students to the appropriate specialist teams.

They are the first point of contact for students to access student support services and can make appointments for students to see a specialist or direct them to appropriate workshops or drop-in sessions where available.

To find out when staff are available for an appointment or to book onto a workshop, visit the .

UniBuddy

Chat with our current international students and find out more about life on campus.

Find a student to chat to on Unibuddy 

International student advice team

Our International Student Advice team is here to help you with any issues related to your immigration status during your time at . They can also support you and offer guidance if your circumstances change or any difficulties arise relating to your Student route (formerly tier 4) visa.

Our advisers provide a non-judgemental and strictly confidential service. This means that we will not discuss any of the details of your visit, unless you give us permission to do so.

We offer both online and printed information as well as one-to-one support through appointments.

Contact the International Student Advice team