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Live and Study in London – One of the World’s Most Exciting Cities

Studying at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London is an exciting, engaging and uniquely enriching experience.

With its world-famous museums, exclusive art galleries, theatres and cinemas, iconic music venues and clubs, the capital has something for everyone. 

And don’t forget the events! The London Marathon, the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, the Chelsea Flower Show, Trooping the Colour, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Pride in London parade… there's always something going on.

Study in One of the World’s Most Diverse Cities

Did you know that about a third of London residents were born in other countries and more than 300 languages are spoken here?

Achieve Your Ambitions

With an economy roughly the same size as Sweden’s, London produces more than 20 per cent of the UK’s GDP. At the centre of world business, fashion and media, England’s capital offers you an unparalleled variety of opportunities, giving you the greatest possible chance of achieving your ambitions.

The Campus

Condé Nast College is situated in a historic building at Bedford Square, in Central London.

The area was built between 1775 and 1783 and is one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London.

The square has had many illustrious residents including Lord Eldon, one of Britain's longest-serving and most celebrated Lord Chancellors, who lived in the largest house in the square for many years. Other famous residents include the second Duke of Devonshire; William Butterfield, an architect; and H H Asquith, a former Prime Minister.

The square takes its name from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury.

Bedford Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, an exciting area for academia and the arts; originally made famous by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set.

The College is a short walk from the headquarters of Condé Nast, which our students visit as part of their exposure to the professional world.

Costs of Living in London

Estimates of how much money you will need may vary considerably, as the lifestyles and circumstances of individual students differ.

For a single student studying for a full year, an estimated average would be in the region of £1,300-£1,400 a month. You will be expected to cover the costs of your accommodation, transport to and from the campus, as well as meals throughout the time of your studies with us. This is as a guide; some students may find they can live within this allowance, yet others may find it insufficient to meet their expectations.

Additional expenses:

  • We recommend students have a MacBook Pro to support Adobe creative cloud for the duration of their studies with us. Adobe Creative Suite: students will be required to purchase their AC student license for £19 per month. In addition: colour printing (per printed side): 10p, black & white printing (per printed side): 5p, scanning – no charge, replacement ID card: £10.
  • Graduate Exhibition: Every student successfully completing our VOGUE Fashion Foundation, Diploma, BA, or Master's will have an opportunity to showcase their work to the external world during the annual Graduate Exhibition in a bid to land better professional opportunities. The students in the past have produced from Marketing Strategies through to the whole business concepts with samples of their products, so the costs of the project are very individual and could be quite high, however, most of the students should be able to complete this between £300 - £1000.
  • Optional New York Trip: If you are studying either our BA or one of our MAs, we offer a week-long trip to New York usually during the Spring semester and we are estimating you would require around £1,200 - £1,500.

What’s included: Flights, Transfers to and from New York, Insurance, Hotel accommodation - multi room please note. You will be required to provide a credit card on check in to cover any incidentals charged to the room during your stay.

What’s not included: UK Airport Transfer- self organised, Food for the duration of the trip, Museum Entry in some cases, Tipping bus driver for the transfer to and from the hotel $2 in total for both ways, ESTA visa (approximately £15), Transport in NY we recommend public transport 7-days unlimited travel card $33.00

Student Accommodation in London

While the College does not arrange accommodation, we have compiled a list of options for students studying in London. Please note that these are suggestions not recommendations, and we encourage students to do their research thoroughly.

From boutique hotels and luxurious student digs to modest student flat-shares and privately rented flats, London offers a huge choice of student accommodation. You’ll have no problem finding something that suits your needs, interests and personality.

The two most popular housing options for students in London are student accommodation services or privately rented flats. Taking into account the duration of your course, your budget, commute and familiarity with the city, it is up to you to decide the most suitable option.

You may also be interested in discussing living arrangements with fellow College students. Once we have received your deposit payment, we will invite you to an online group where you can meet your peers and discuss coordinating living arrangements, should you wish.

Find out more about the accommodation options on offer.