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Central’s Embassy campus is set in Hampstead, a quiet, leafy corner of London – yet only 10 minutes by tube from the bright lights of central London’s West End theatre district

Central’s Embassy campus is set in Hampstead, a quiet, leafy corner of London – yet only 10 minutes by tube from the bright lights of central London

Central’s Embassy campus is set in Hampstead, a quiet, leafy corner of the city - but is only 3 tube stops from central London.

Across a plaza where a regular market sells great coffee, fresh produce and international food, it faces the Hampstead Theatre, one of London’s key producers of new writing. Behind this there is a leisure centre with a large pool and gym, where Central students enjoy a discounted rate. This plaza acts as a forum that informally extends our campus. From here, trains take you directly into the heart of London in ten minutes or less, as well as to Central Bankside, our studio facility in the heart of Southwark’s riverside arts sector, right next to Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern.

Why London?

London attracts the best from around the world for cultural, business, political, media, legal and sporting events.

Pictured above: the incredible panoramic view of London from Primrose Hill, a short walk from Central

The heart of the entertainment world

London is a vibrant and exciting city packed full of music venues, world famous restaurants, theatres, cinemas, not to mention its pubs and clubs.

It’s host to the biggest theatre district in the world and has long housed some of the finest theatre productions from around the globe. From large scale West End musicals to smaller art house productions and originally staged plays at Shakespeare’s Globe, by living in London you have access to an excitingly diverse, enriching theatre scene.

Harness the power of connections

From our London base, setting up industry connections for all students is at the heart of Central's mission.

Some of the biggest names in theatrical agencies, casting agents and directors are in London – you can harness the power of London to connect people and take advantage of being located in the theatre and film industry hub.

Make London your home

London comprises 32 boroughs and many villages, each with their own characteristics and hidden treasures.

With a range of activities to take advantage of, it’s easy to make London your home: whether you want to visit the latest art exhibition at the Tate Modern or see ancient artefacts at the British Museum, enjoy your favourite band or a premier league football match.

Green London

It may come as something of a surprise, but around 47% of London is green space, and is home to over 8 million trees in its many beautiful parks.

Within a 15-minute walk are the iconic Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park, and the rugged Hampstead Heath, inspiration for former residents such as poet John Keats, composer Edward Elgar and artist John Constable.

London can be affordable

Did you know that London was voted the most cost-effective city in the UK for students? 

Enjoy thousands of free events, lectures and seminars held in London throughout the year, and sign up for student discounts on travel, food, cinema and theatre tickets. You can even become an audience member for your favourite TV show! Find out more at Visit London.

Enjoy being part of University of London

As part of the University of London, you will have the chance to study at a world-class institution in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of one of the world's most exciting and vibrant cities.

There are many fantastic benefits to University of London membership.

Museums, Galleries, Cinemas

Enjoy some of the finest museums and galleries in the world, from the National Gallery, Barbican and Tate Modern to the V&A and Design Museum.

You can find details of Visit London’s top ten art exhibitions currently happening in London and information about galleries and museums in general on the Visit London website. Details of University of London College and Institute related exhibitions can be found on the respective College/Institute websites.


London has an abundance of cinemas where you can watch the latest releases.

Many cinemas also offer student discounts, whether you want to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster or the newest independent films. The BFI (British Film Institute) on the South Bank provides a wealth of film archives and independent / art house film titles - and make sure you visit London's rooftop and secret cinemas for a quirkier interactive experience.

Eating out

The capital is also known for the vast assortment of cuisines available in its diverse collection of restaurants.

From top Michelin-starred eateries and student loan friendly 'all you can eat' Soho buffets to amazing street food and of course pubs, there is a wealth of culinary expertise to enjoy.


London has some of best boutiques, shops and department stores in the world.

Hop on the no.31 bus from Central and you’ll be in Camden Town, with its hustle and bustle of independent retailers, Camden Stables market and Camden Lock on the Regent’s Canal. Just 4 stops away on the Jubilee line are the world famous Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street shopping areas – with a short walk to the bright lights of Picadilly Circus and Soho. Accessed via the Central line, explore the two gigantic Westfield Shopping Centres located in White City and Stratford.

Sport and staying fit

You can take advantage of the University of London’s high-quality facilities for most sports - it currently manages over 4,000 students regularly involved in intercollegiate sports leagues across London. The Olympic Park in Stratford is also relatively accessible and includes state-of-the-art sports facilities built for the London 2012 Olympics – it also offers student discounts.

If you are more of a spectator than a competitor you have the opportunity of visiting some of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world whilst in London. These include Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon and Lord’s Cricket Ground as well as high profile Premier League football team stadia such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Details of upcoming sports events in London can be found on the Visit London website. 

All students are eligible for discounted membership at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre located 2 minutes’ walk from the School, with facilities including gym, swimming pool, personal training, spa experience, climbing wall, sports hall, health suite, squash courts and football pitch.

Alternatively, the University of London’s Energy base gym based in Malet Street is open to students and members of the public. Facilities include a 60-station gymnasium with cardio theatre, a 33 metre swimming pool and two studios. Up to 50 fitness classes are offered per week.

The Road to Central

Here's a taste of the journey into School to give you an idea of the leafy district of Belsize Park in London where we're based!