London, one of the best global cities for students

London has moved into third place in a major international ranking of university cities. 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.

Together with Montreal, the two great world cities of London and Paris are the top three best places to study - able to offer both a rich cultural as well as academic experience. London's universities 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 2016, London was the third busiest city in the world for live music, with a total of 19,940 live music events – only beaten by New York (28,529) and Los Angeles (20,843).* 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 Songkick, via IQ Mag
** UK Music’s 2017 ‘Wish You Were Here’ report