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London at a glance

Whilst some see London as a hotbed of job and education opportunities – with many employers operating their HQ’s in the capital and lots of institutions available – others believe that the cost of general day-to-day life in the big city outweighs the benefits that it brings.

At the end of the day it really comes down to both your personal situation and career. If you move to London, you have to be prepared for a fast pace. With over 8 million residents, it’s by far the most populated area to move to, and rent can cost almost double of what you’d pay in other cities (though many salaries are higher in return).

However, London is also home to world-class culture, top tourist hot spots and some of the country’s best talent – it’s guaranteed that you won’t be bored by living in the capital.

Area guide to London

London is divided into 33 different boroughs and nine ‘zones’, which will affect the cost of your rent and commute.

Let’s set expectations now; as a student or graduate, you probably won’t be able to afford a place in Central London (or Zone 1), so you’ll have to look at other neighbourhoods. Whilst it can be tempting to go for the most popular areas – like Clapham or Camden – your daily commute will have the biggest impact on your lifestyle, so this should be the deciding factor when picking a place to live.

From the city you can also easily reach places like Windsor, Colchester, Winchester, Brighton and Stonehenge. London is also the perfect place for any budding travellers, as you can hop on the Eurostar and be in Paris or Brussels in a couple of hours.

Universities in London

London has the biggest plethora of universities in the country, offering a combined total of over 30,000 courses from universities that range from Russell Group to metropolitan institutions.

London also has over 120 different libraries including the British Library, which houses one of the largest collections of books in the world.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the institutions that you’ll be able to study at in London:


There are also a number of specialised colleges and institutions for anyone seeking a more alternative form of higher education. Some of the most famous include:


Several universities from around the country also have campuses down in London, including Coventry University, Newcastle University and many more. There are also partner international universities, such as Richmond, The American International University in London.


Employers in London

It’s difficult to pick out the top London employers as so many companies have offices in the capital. In fact, more than 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have London offices; so whatever industry or company you’re looking to work for, London is a solid bet.

Just some of the companies based in London include: EY, Arcadia, BT, E.ON, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and Willis Towers Watson. Some of the roles are actually live right now; scroll up to see more, or open the Debut app!

London by Sector

With headquarters spanning across the city, London is known for several sectors that exist in various districts. It’s home to both multinationals and startups alike, so the opportunities are vast – especially when it comes to making global connections. Here are some of the top industries available in the capital:


As we originated as a tech startup around Old Street, we have to mention this one! Technology is the fastest growing sector; with roles available in AI, Blockchain, Cyber, Software Development and more. It’s also an incredibly diverse sector – with startups, SMEs and multinationals all on the hunt for techies to join their teams.


Both Canary Wharf and Bank are the homes for the financial services in London. Most jobs in this sector are with some of the big banking giants – like HSBC and Barclays – or in accountancy firms like EY and KPMG. Alternatively, many businesses do advertise for finance roles to work alongside the company, looking after their cash flow.


London is the home of creative companies in the UK, with many based around the Soho area. From Marketing, Advertising, PR and Journalism, to Design, Media and TV/Film/Games. But be warned: competition is fierce amongst applicants, so you’ll have to stand out from the crowd.

Transport in London

There’s no denying that living in the capital comes with a pretty hefty price tag, and there’s good reason for that. London is home to a world of culture, diversity, first-class entertainment, vast career opportunities and more avocado eateries than you can shake a stick at.

For a typical room in a house-share, you’ll be looking at £600-750 a month, again depending on location and how luxurious you want to go. Make sure to add on an extra £100-ish a month for bills (including council tax).

But also don’t forget the cost of travel; most residents get around via an Oyster Card, and students get a discount for off-peak travel. Your monthly fares will differ depending on what zones you’re travelling in and out of, and whether or not you pay for a monthly travel card or pay-as-you-go. You probably won’t need a car in London, especially with the outrageously expensive parking and congestion zones!

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