The London advantage

The London advantage

The London advantage

At Queen Mary, London is your neighbourhood. You get to live in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world, and enjoy opportunities that you won't find anywhere else.

Pictured above: Queen Mary students visit No. 10 Downing Street as part of their introduction to the Civil Service Fast Stream scheme.

London is exciting because everything is here. Whoever you are, London lends itself to your imagination. You can find your people in London.
— Immaculata Abba, History and Comparative Literature BA (2019)

Career opportunities

Studying in London will give you many opportunities to get ahead when it comes to your career.

Queen Mary’s main campus in Mile End is less than 20 minutes from the City, Canary Wharf, Tech City and the West End. With so many employers on our doorstep, there are many opportunities for internships and work placements that will help you get the job you want when you graduate. These include award-winning work experience programmes offered by our Careers & Enterprise service, which has links to businesses and organisations across the capital.

Many of our Schools have links to industry and offer work placements as part of their degrees – including Engineering and Materials Science, Electronic Engineering and Computer ScienceEconomics and Finance and Maths. We are the only London Russell Group university to offer Degree Apprenticeships.

When you graduate, you can take advantage of the networks that you will have built during your time here. While other students are making the move to the capital, you’ll already be in the right place to get the best jobs when you graduate.

Learning opportunities

At Queen Mary, we know that the best ideas can come from anywhere, not just the classroom. The diversity of our students and staff is one of the reasons we are one of the UK’s leading research institutions. Living in London, you will get a truly global education. By the end of your degree, you will have friends and contacts across the world.

As a Queen Mary student, you can use the University of London’s central facilities, including Student Central and the Senate House Library. In addition, there are museums, galleries and libraries, which will support your learning and are often free.

Financial opportunities

University is a big investment and there are many financial advantages to studying in London. There are many opportunities for work experience and internships while you study, and when you graduate, you will have access to the best jobs.

Living in London might not be as expensive as you think, especially as Queen Mary provides a wide variety of affordable accommodation on our campuses.

You’ll find many opportunities for part-time work, right on your doorstep, to support you while you’re studying. Our Careers & Enterprise team can help you with this.


Cultural opportunities

London is the political, financial and cultural heart of the UK. From West End shows to independent cinemas, world-famous museums to pop-up restaurants, nightclubs to beautiful parks, you will never run out of things to see and do. The East End of London, where Queen Mary is based, has been transformed in recent years and is now one of London’s most dynamic areas.

Travel opportunities

London is a national and international travel hub, with excellent links to other parts of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. This can help if you take advantage of the many opportunities to study abroad that Queen Mary offers.

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