London Metropolitan University

 

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Overall ranking: 126th out of 126 in the Complete University Guide for 2016.

History: London Met was created in August 2002 by the merger of London Guildhall University and the University of North London. Together they boast more than 150 years experience in higher education.

Address: Two well-placed campuses. One in the heart of the city close to Liverpool Street and the financial district and another in trendy north London, close to the shops and bars of Highbury and Islington.

Ambience: Intensely urban - the university's buildings are a combination of Victorian and contemporary, including the award-winning RIBA Graduate Centre designed by Daniel Libeskind.

Who's the boss? Professor Malcolm Gillies is vice-chancellor. He held the same position previously at City University London and is a passionate advocate for higher education.

Prospectus: 020 7133 4200 or visit the website here.

UCAS code: L68

What you need to know

Easy to get into? The university considers work experience, enthusiasm and commitment alongside academic qualifications and a wide variety of non-UK qualifications. Click here for more information.

Vital statistics: Over 17,000 students. 60 per cent of students are female and 40 per cent male. Over 3,000 international students and 44 per cent are over 25 on entry.

Added value: A £30 million state-of-the-art science centre, featuring a 'super lab' and excellent sports and fitness facilities. London Metropolitan Business School is located in the heart of the city and is one of the largest for this area of study in the UK - it recently underwent a £1m refurbishment. Plenty of specialist facilities including a mock courtroom for law students. The university are launching the new London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law in September 2014, with a totally refurbished building at Moorgate in the heart of The City. Highlights of the project include a new Bloomberg and IBM suite. They're also running new courses, including MSc business innovation and creative entrepreneurship and a new fashion course in the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

Teaching: 124th out of 126 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 126th out of 126 with 44.6 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? London Met don't operate their own student accommodation, but students have access to a range of local accommodation provided by private providers specialising in student living. These local halls of residence range from £76 to £324 per week.

Cheap to live there? It's London, so it's going to be pricey, expect anything from £100 onwards.

Transport links: Both campuses are within easy striking distance of central London and are well located for tubes, buses and trains.

Fees: London Met charges £7,850 per year on average for its undergraduate courses, well below the maximum fee of £9,000.

Bursaries: The National Scholarship Programme offers a tuition fee waiver to eligible students. Students eligible for a scholarship are also now given £1,000 in cash. Click here to find out more.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: London offers an unrivalled range of attractions and activities and the university’s award winning Rocket Complex and Hub offer some of the most high profile student nights in London.

Sporting reputation: 128th out of 145 in the 2014/15 BUCS league table.

Glittering alumni: TV and radio personalities Zoë Ball and Jamie Theakston; comedian Vic Reeves; film producer Lord Puttnam; director Mike Leigh; newsreader Martyn Lewis; artist Tracey Emin; and shadow lord chancellor and justice secretary Sadiq Khan.

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