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Student life in London

London is one of the world’s greatest music cities. It’s a perfect playground For checking out new bands, networking with industry professionals and connecting with a wealth of record labels and management companies.

Life around BIMM Institute

London is at the centre of music and the arts, both in terms of national and international reputation. As a culturally diverse city with a large student population, London offers inspiration and opportunities to many musicians and artists. Alongside the major record labels and iconic music venues, the city has a thriving underground music scene with hundreds of venues and bars for you to learn your craft.

Every style of music that’s ever been, and that ever will be, finds its place in London. From legendary jazz players calling at Soho’s Ronnie Scott’s, to breakthrough indie outfits electrifying stages in Camden Town, to chart-topping pop stars playing multiple nights at the city’s arenas: there’s no stopping London’s countless venues. And just as its music scene is incredibly diverse, so too is the culture offered by London. It’s a melting pot of possibilities, and BIMM London students can look forward to exploring a multitude of rewarding pursuits.

Big Ben in London

Getting around in London

London is a big city, but you have several choices to get around:

  • Underground: There are 11 colour-coded underground lines. Services run regularly from around 05:00 to 00:30 on most routes. Night Tube services started in 2016 on selected lines.
  • Bus: A cost-effective and easy way to travel around London, buses generally run from 05:00 to 00:30. Night buses operate on many major routes from around midnight to 05:00, and some operate a 24-hour service.
  • Overground (LO): Orbital line serving London's suburbs. These local trains run from around 05:00 to midnight Monday to Saturday and from around 07:00 to midnight on Sunday. 
  • Santander bicycles: London's self-service bike hire scheme for short journeys. There are over 10,000 bikes for hire and 700 docking stations. 
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