For the past six years, London has been ranked the #1 student city in the World, according to education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). From the diverse cultural experiences to its global reputation as a hub for business, finance, technology and the creative industries, London has a range of opportunities for students to take advantage of and we work hard to DLD to ensure students get to experience the best that London has to offer – London is Our Classroom.
Academic Excellence: London is home to some of the world’s leading universities and educational institutions. Many of our students go onto London universities including Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), King’s College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). These institutions offer a wide range of high-quality programs across various disciplines, ensuring you continue to receive a world-class education. You can see some of our alumni and their stories here.
Global Reputation: London has a global reputation for students, currently ranked as the best city in the world for students according to QS. London is a major global hub for business, finance, technology, and the creative industries. By studying in London, you gain proximity to a wide range of internships, networking events, and employment opportunities. The city attracts multinational corporations, startups, and entrepreneurs, making it an excellent place to kick-start your career. At DLD, we have regular visits from industry leaders with Jaguar Land Rover and Schroders visiting most recently to share career opportunities and offer advice to our students.
Capital of Culture: London is a vibrant, diverse, and culturally rich city with a fascinating history. It offers an incredible mix of art galleries, museums, theatres, and historical landmarks. From the British Museum to the Tate Modern, West End shows to world-class music. Studying in London provides abundant opportunities for cultural enrichment for our students and at DLD we fully embrace this, ‘London is our classroom’. Our unique Year 9 curriculum allows students to make the most of our London location, as we take students out every Friday into the city as part of the ‘Urban Schools Project’. Students will work in cross-curricular projects, getting involved in the community and develop their research, inquiry and reflection skills using everything the capital has to offer, instilling an awareness beyond the conventional.
Access to Resources: London provides exceptional access to libraries, research facilities, and academic resources. We have a wide range of resources available at DLD with a well-stocked library and online resources. However, if there is anything you need, we have an excellent relationship with the British Library – a treasure trove of knowledge, housing an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and historical documents.
International Community: London has a large and diverse international student community and that is evident at DLD with over 55 nationalities represented among our student body. By studying in London, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with students from around the world, expanding your global perspective, fostering cultural exchange, and building lifelong friendships. Read more about our students and their stories here.
Location and Travel Opportunities: DLD’s unique location by London Waterloo and convenient access to buses and the London Underground mean students have ample opportunities to broaden their horizons and enjoy the cultural experiences London has to offer. London’s central location within Europe makes it an ideal base for getting in and out of the continent with all of London’s major international airports less than an hour away and excellent Eurostar connections.
Multicultural Experience: London is renowned for its multiculturalism and diversity. The city embraces people from different backgrounds, religions, and cultures. By studying in London, you’ll be immersed in a cosmopolitan environment, promoting cultural understanding, tolerance, and global citizenship. Diversity is part a key part of our ethos, our student intake is split between 40% domestic and 60% international. Therefore, we work hard to ensure every student feels welcome and has a home from home. Our Global Kitchen reflects our student body, providing a diverse, nutritious menu meeting the myriad of dietary requirements and plays a central role in celebrating the many festivals and cultural events we commemorate as part of our student wellbeing commitment.
Student Experience: London offers an exciting and vibrant lifestyle. From world-class restaurants and diverse culinary experiences to an array of entertainment options, including theatres, music venues, sports events, and festivals, there is never a dull moment in the city. You’ll have ample opportunities to explore and indulge in various activities outside of your studies. See why many of our students chose to study in London and more importantly, at DLD!
Leake Street, located 2 minutes from DLD is a vibrant and dynamic place that has earned a reputation as a haven for street art enthusiasts. It is a constantly evolving canvas for artists from all around the world who are encouraged to express themselves. As you walk through this tunnel, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing display of colours, styles, and messages that tell stories, challenge norms, and celebrate creativity. DLD has a proud history and excellent reputation for our Art and Design courses which…
Within walking distance of DLD is Archbishop’s Park is a serene oasis nestled in the heart of London, offering respite from the bustling city streets. Situated near Lambeth Palace, the historic residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this green haven boasts lush lawns, beautifully landscaped gardens, and charming pathways that invite visitors to escape the city. The park is used reguarly by DLD for football and netball clubs.
DLD College London is unique located in the centre of London, on the banks of the River Thames, directly opposite the Palace of Westminster, often referred to as the Houses of Parliament. The historic palace is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, with its ornate spires, intricate stone carvings, and the world-famous Big Ben clock tower, of which many DLD boarding students have unrivalled views of! This inspirational place has a unique role at DLD, hosting our graduation ceremony. DLD College London is the only school in the World to hold its graduation at the Palace of Westminster. This is a truely memorable experience for students and parents alike!
If you are looking to be a day student, getting to DLD College London couldn’t be easier! We are located a 5 minute walk from London Waterloo Station, and 5 minutes from Westminster Underground Station.
DLD College London is surrounded by a plethora of local attractions that offer a diverse range of experiences for students. Just a short walk away is the iconic Southbank Centre, a cultural hub that hosts a variety of concerts, exhibitions, and performances. The nearby London Eye offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, while the IMAX cinema provides a great place for students to relax and watch a movie. History enthusiasts can explore the Imperial War Museum, housing an extensive collection of artifacts from various conflicts. For those seeking a taste of London’s history, a visit to Lambeth Palace or a leisurely walk along the Thames Path to view historic landmarks such as the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a must. With its rich blend of cultural, historical, and recreational attractions.