Study Abroad: 5 European Student Hotspots from London by Train
By Anila Babla, Loco2 of 02/13/13
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If you’re planning to study abroad, pick London. Fewer cities come close to rivaling its diversity and sheer magnetic appeal. And there is more good news, because London is perfectly placed for jaunts out to the continent. After all who said student life was all about studying? And there is no better way to go than by train, departing London’s majestic St. Pancras station in true Victorian style. So when you’ve handed in that paper and done your (rail) homework, throw on your backpack and get ready for an adventure. Here are 5 European destinations practically made for students, all easily reachable by train.
Hosting over 70000 students, Montpellier is the archetypal university town, who make up 25% of its inhabitants. You’ll be following in the footsteps of the masters with the likes of Rabelais and Nostradamus having studied here. And even though it’s packed full of history the sheer student army lends the town a vital energetic vibe. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year, and a hop and a skip from the ocean a trip here will feel like one extended Mediterranean vacation to remember.
When students graduate from Padova University, tradition dictates they be ‘sung’ (okay, paraded) through the streets to cries of ‘Dottore, Dottore’ (‘graduate’ to the uninitiated) with banners listing their university exploits. And unsurprisingly for a city that has its priorities straight, Padova has much more up it’s sleeve. Arcaded streets and a picturesque old town celebrate its history, while the student contingent ensures a romantic but friendly feel. And if you still need convincing, Padova University was recently named Italy’s best in a poll of 40000 students.
According to the World Happiness Report, Denmark ranked number 1 six years running for the world’s most satisfied nation. Not only that, but it is home to Copenhagen University – the country’s finest, and a leading research institution in Europe. So it’s not hard to see why it’s all smiles in the Danish capital – but don’t take our word for it! With its heady combination of old and new – charming canals alongside brave new architecture and culture by the bucket load, see why more than 8000 exchange students made Copenhagen their home last year.
Tubingen is one of Germany’s five classical university towns, and one of the oldest and most famed at that. As expected of a town where quarter of the inhabitants are students, the city’s cultural life has a distinctive youthful flavor. Entertainment is dictated by the numerous pubs and clubs of the rather charming old town as well as student tradition. For example, every year since 1956 students have hosted the Stocherkahn-Rennen” boat race on the Neckar river, which if you’ll pardon the pun, is definitely worth a punt.
With over 65 subjects to choose from and one of the widest ranges of sporting and academic facilities in Spain, it’s no wonder Spanish and international students flock here for studies. And happily Seville is notable when it comes to extra-curricular activities too. Relaxed crowds spill out of tapas bars and into the piazzas, perfect for a spot of people-watching. And though a jewel in it’s own right, Seville is also a springboard to the rest of Andalusia and its colorful cultural heritage.