London, the world's number one student city

London has been officially named as the world's number one student city  The rankings are based on a range of measures including the quality of universities, facilities for students, affordability, the "desirability" of the city for students, access to employers, the international nature of a city, levels of tolerance, pollution and safety.

London's rich cultural as well as academic experience is a draw for students from across the world. London's universities also rate highly on quality - "no city has a superior variety and quality of universities to London" - and the falling value of the pound after the EU referendum has improved their affordability for overseas students.

*QS Best Student Cities, a spin-off from the annual QS World University Rankings

An International hub of music and culture

As well as being one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, London is at the heart of the global music industry, constantly at the cutting edge of music, defining popular culture throughout the world and offering unparalleled opportunities to make the right connections.

London is home to many of the top record labels such as Universal, Island Records, Sony, as well as world-famous music venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, the O2, Abbey Road Studios, the Roundhouse, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Brixton Academy, and many other top London locations where ICMP students have had the opportunity to play and perform. 

These unrivaled opportunities to appear on some of the greatest stages, be seen by leading music industry executives and scouts, gain direct experience, and build that all-important network of contacts is a crucial element of commercial and critical success. 


London’s world-renowned live music scene continues to flourish. In 2017, London was named the busiest city in the world for live music,  leaping ahead of both New York and Los Angeles.* The city’s live music scene generated over £1billion in 2016**, demonstrating that London is truly where the opportunities exist for musicians, artists and music entrepreneurs.

* Data from Expedia
** UK Music’s 2017 ‘Wish You Were Here’ report

If you're looking to explore your creativity and start a music career there really is no better place to be located.