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University of Westminster

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About University of Westminster

The University of Westminster (informally Westminster) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it is one of Britain's oldest higher education institutions and was the first polytechnic to open in the UK. In 1992University of Westminster was awarded university status.

The University's headquarters and original campus are based on Regent Street in the Westminster area of Central London, with additional campuses in the Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow areas of London. The University also operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan and a satellite campus in Paris, France through the Diplomatic Academy of London.

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic international education institution situated in Harrow and the heart of London, one of the world’s great cities. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the University has a distinguished 170-year history, and continues to attract more than 20,000 students from 150 different nations. A wide range of Westminster’s courses are independently rated as excellent, and the University’s research leads the way in many areas including art and design, electronic engineering, and media. Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements of the University’s vision for the future.

Westminster currently serves more than 20,000 students from 150 countries and offers more than five hundred course offerings and a broad range of research study options. These range from more than 150 Bachelor's degree combinations, and one-year intensively taught Master's degrees. MPhil and PhD degrees are also available in every academic department. Westminster had a total income of £171.25 million in 2009/10, of which £7.99 million was from research grants and contracts. Westminster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EQUIS, the European University Association and Universities UK.

Campus information

The university has grounds in Chiswick on the Thames with boat house, tennis courts, athletics track and about 12 pitches. There are sports pitches and a sports hall at the Harrow campus whilst the Regent Campus has a gym, badminton courts and offers sports, martial arts and yoga classes.

Student housing

Westminster has several halls of residence throughout London, including Alexander Fleming House near Old Street, Furnival House in Highgate; one hall is based at the Marylebone campus, Wigram House in;Victoria;and as of September 2005 there are two based at the Harrow campus. A UNITE accommodation, named Beaumont Court has been built near;Euston;however it is not exclusive to students at Westminster. Some students are also selected to live in;International Students House, London. In 2012 a new hall of residence in Wembley, Student Court, was completed. It was purpose-built for first-year students.

Westminster has four main campuses, three in central London: Regent Street, New Cavendish Street and Marylebone and the fourth in Harrow.

The University headquarters is situated at 309 Regent Street in the West End of London where it has served as a center for public education for over 170 years. First realized on the 14 December 1837 by Charles Payne and William Mountford Nurse, it was opened to the public in August 1838 and is known for opening the first photographic studio in Europe, and being the first to show moving pictures to a paying British public. The Regent Street campus comprises a group of buildings clustered around the historic headquarters of 309 Regent Street. These include the Wells Street buildings and the Little Titchfield Street building which houses the library for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages and the School of Law.

The Marylebone campus is a striking white building on Marylebone Road directly opposite Madame Tussaud's and Baker Street underground station. Built in the 1960’s it is home to Westminster Business School, the institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, the Students’ Union and Inter:mission bar; as well as the P3 exhibition area. P3 is a 14,000 sq ft (1,300 m2) space constructed in 2008 from the vast former concrete construction hall at the Marylebone campus and hosts major events and exhibitions including London Fashion Week 2009, the Topshop Unique catwalk 2009 and the Diesel: U Music World Tour Party. The location of the Marylebone Campus is accessible by public transport and is adjacent to Paddington Gardens and a few minutes' walk from Regent's Park.

The Cavendish campus is a modern glass and steel building in New Cavendish Street (Fitzrovia) and situated adjacent to the BT Tower. It houses science, engineering and computer laboratories and is home to the Policy Studies Institute. It is close to Warren Street, Great Portland Street and Goodge Street underground stations and is a short walk away from UCL and SOAS.

The Harrow Campus includes a Business School and a Media School. It is also home to London Gallery West which exhibits a broad, exciting and controversial mix of contemporary media, art and design work. The nearest Tube station to the Harrow campus is Northwick Park on the Metropolitan Line which takes 18 minutes from Baker Street.

Accommodation

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Additional info

 

Living in London

Living in one of the most historical, diverse and creative cities in the world has various benefits concerning both your academic studies and your social life. Numerous museums, libraries and art galleries sit in the heart of London but many can be found out in the suburbs too. Where ever you choose to live there is bound to be attractions that are either a short walk or bus journey away.

London is also the place where things tend to happen first in art, music and fashion - and the University takes its cue from this lively environment. Here's just a taste of what's on offer...

Galleries

Tate Modern hosts major exhibitions of contemporary art as do the Saatchi, Hayward and Whitechapel galleries. There are also private galleries, often free entry, and photography galleries that welcome visitors. The University has just opened its own new gallery  - London Gallery West - and regularly has exhibitions at both Harrow and Regent.

Bars, pubs and clubs.

London is well known for its varied night life with everything from underground clubs to late night jazz and retro burlesque. Events like these are dotted all over the city but for a safe bet head east to Shoreditch to pay a visit to one of many unique bars, north to Angel for late night pubs that have a trendy yet traditional feel or if you reside in the south, head to Clapham for its wide selection of pubs on the common and clubs on the high street. As London is one of the main art and music capitals there are always new events and club nights popping up ensuring that there is always something new to experience.

Music

Big pop, rock and dance outfits always play in London, but there are many more underground, experimental, classical, world and jazz events to be explored as well. You can't fail to be impressed by the musical vibrancy of contemporary London; it is after all home to some of the most famous acts in the world.

Film

The National Film Theatre, the BFI, Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and smaller cinemas such as the Prince Charles Cinema and the Curzon offer a wide range of independent UK and world cinema. The University itself runs many film clubs hosting events with leading film-makers and is also about to begin the restoration of the birthplace of British cinema - located in the Regent campus.

Theatre

There's always an array of theatre productions to be seen in London, from popular all singing all dancing shows like Dirty Dancing and The Lion King to more understated, independent plays. If you’re a budding thespian, lover of literature or culture seeker head to the Southbank - home to Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

Exercise

As well as being good for you, walking is a brilliant way to get to know London. Many of our campuses are close to green spaces and royal parks as well as to major sporting venues for many different sports. If you're sporty yourself, check out our world class pitches and other sports facilities at our Chiswick sports ground on the river - it's the place where the Oxford and Cambridge boat crews rest their weary limbs after the Boat Race each year. Or if you feel like a work-out, why not make use of our gym at 309 Regent Street? Regent Gym offers temporary gym membership at great rates.

Fashion and shopping

As well as being home to Vivienne Westwood, London is famous for its markets: Petticoat Lane - cheap street fashion, Columbia Road - flowers, Portobello Road - second-hand and vintage clothes, Dalston and Brixton - exotic fruit and vegetables. Our Regent site is on or around one of London's premier shopping streets and also regularly exhibits our own students' work in fashion design, ceramics, photography and other media.

Restaurants

Most world cuisines are represented in London at prices to suit everyone and with fashions in food constantly evolving, there's always something new to try. Areas best for eating out include Soho, a maze full of late night restaurants and Covent Garden, which is known for its alfresco dining.

 

Living costs

The costs given below are to be used as guidelines only. However, we highly recommend that you budget to have at least £800 per month of study. This should be enough to cover your rent, entertainment, travel housing and bills

 

  • Start up Costs £500 total
  • Public Transport £25 - £106 per month
  • Accommodation £80 - £150 per week
  • Food/household shopping £40 - 70 per week
  • Books and Equipment average £50 per month
  • Leisure/ Entertainment average £250 per month
  • Clothing average £43 per month
  • Laundry average £34 per month

 

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Accounting and Finance 5 Applied and Pure Sciences 32 Architecture, Building & Planning 12 Beauty and Personal Care 2 Business and Management 12 Computer Science and IT 14 Creative Arts & Design 19 Engineering 12 Hotel Management & Hospitality 3 Humanities & Social Sciences 93 Law 6 Mandarin (Chinese Language) 2 Mass Communication & Media 10

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