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University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish Street, W1M 8JS LONDON, United Kingdom
3.91 / 5 based on 294 reviews.
Description:
The University of Westminster is located in the heart of central London, close to the bustling shopping areas of Oxford Street and Regent Street. In fact, our main headquarters building is located on Regent Street itself and dates back to the foundation of the institution, then the Royal Polytechnic in 1838. Additionally, we have a large campus in Harrow, slightly out of the centre of town, which offers a greener environment where students can study in brand new purpose built teaching accommodation. Our international reputation dates from our founding years as the first ever polytechnic to the present day as one of Britain's largest universities with around 19,000 students studying a wide... Read more


Programmes
Accreditations
85% of students recommend
294 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (294)
Student life
4.2/5
5 stars (96)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (96)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (90)
Expenses
3.1/5
2 stars (12)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Take the bus if you can, you gte to see so much more of London than by tube. Even better-walk! Even though it seems like great distances the tube stops are fairly close and you get to know the city so much better. Read Review
lundhenriette, Norway

294 reviews of University of Westminster

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HOUSING    
by Valentina, UniversitÓ di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Translation/ Interpretation, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Because it's easier to meet other students and exchange ideas with them and hopefully also study together. Besides, there is all you need there: PC rooms, a library, a bar and a canteen.
Personal comments:
Accomodation was fine, the student house was clean and quiet, although the standard is not the same for all the student houses of this University. I think that the accomodation, in general, is quite expensive.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Henriette, Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Public Relations/Publicity/Advertising, Independent
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
London is a place where you can, if you want, go to a new place everytime you wanna go out. Meaning in three years you can avoid going to the same place twice. However, this is not the case for me. Every night of the week have a perfect night time adventure and there is something for everyone's taste. Monday nights, Cheers in Central is packed with tourists, cheep drinks and fun dancing music, Tuesdays perfect for going to Bayswater for a pint and a movie (my favourite theatre at Whitley's due to fairly cheep tickets and never sold out, Wednesdays spent at the Cuban in Camden Town. Cosy and fun little Cuban restaurant in the middle of the makret and you get the feel of Camden without all the stress of the weekend tourists. Thursday night at Attica in Soho was always fun, and Friday and Saturday night was a mix and match according to your mood: Fancy partying in Central, Soho or Kensington or more casual partying or pubcrawling in Angel. London never stops and my best advice to new comers would be to stay clear of Oxford Street and the most crowded places. Take a stroll down Marylebone High Street, a walk along the canal in Little Venice, Camden market on weekdays. Basically explore the lesser known parts of London. Best bar for a pint with friends or a date is without doubt the Cave in Covent Garden-am I on a boat or in a secluded cabin?Hard to say but the atmosphere is amazing and even though packed with people it is intimate and private. The Light by Liverpool Street station is also highly recommended. Giving a chilled feel and room to dress up or down for an evening out with friends. It has to be mentioned that a stay in London is not complete without a night or two in the one of the West End theatres..A musical or two fullfils the London experience. More than particular places to see, just have a walk around the city. Soak in all the atmosphere, the people, shopping, bad/good food, look at the buildings and merely enjoy the fact that you are in one of the world's most pumping and energizing cities.
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ACADEMIC    
by yin, Zhejiang University, Hengzhou, China
Communication and Information Sciences, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
sorry i didnt meet as many local students as i thought. but students and teachers are overall friendly and helpful. the most important thing is to choose wot u really want to study not wot people think might be hot subjects



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
well, i would say if there are more active student society that'll be great. studying media in this uni is kind of isolated cos the media school is far from city.

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by Ivion22, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Journalism, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
I found myself great improvement in English language learning after I came to study in London. Language is more important for us 'cause we are studying in Journalism. The course has provided many chances for us to practice. Writing, speaking, and reading. While language learning is a never-ending process. Should learn more during work experience afterwards...
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EXPENSES    
by Henriette, Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway
Public Relations/Publicity/Advertising, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
Personal spending habits:
Food in England is less expensive than in Norway. However, more or less everything else was an increase in expenses. Not because I waste more money abroad but because London overall is a bit more expensive city than Oslo.
Overall, Travel, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Food: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
My biggest surprise was the difficulty in opening a bank account in London. It is not suited and doesn't seem to welcome international students. In order to get an account you need sufficient proof of adress and papers from your university only gives you a low beneficail and difficult account. It is important that every document you retrieve has your named spelled correctely, otherwise you have to start all over. As for cost-saving, buy the store bands in grossery stores (a lot cheaper than other brands and tastes just as good). Make calls from Skype and try to get a contract on your phone-pay as you go is very very expensive. join web sites for student discounts and try to register for guest lists before going ut, you usually get to pay a lower cover charge.
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OVERALL    
by Sabrina, UniversitÚ de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
Language, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
how much it would have cost me
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
It's a very good university. The teachers are very interesting and make you feel at home. The location is the best, right in the centre of London and the activities the university offers are varied and interesting.



FINAL COMMENTS

Going abroad is a very great experience. You meet lots of different people who live the same thing as you. I would advise to someone who wants to go to study in London to come with a lot of money because it's really expensive. You have to be ready to spend a lot! As for the accomodation, it's quite hard at the beginning to find something but then everyone is pleased and there is a very useful newspaper called the Loot with hundreds of accomodation ads
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