Meet our real London community
Like the wider London community, our students, staff and graduates come from all kinds of backgrounds – some from around the corner, others from around the globe. Each and every one of them belongs here and uniquely contributes to our community and the city around them. They are The Real London. This is The Real London.
We are the real London
"My university is a mirror of the real London. Get out to the streets of London, be it Covent Garden or Brixton, take a look around you. What you see is an entire world in one city. London Metropolitan University is just like London itself, a home and harbour to representatives of different worlds."
Oleksiy – London Met student
Get to know our real London community
"I believe that with education, you can do great things. It doesn't matter where you're from, as long as you have that, you can change the world."
"To me, London Met symbolises change because that's what it did in my life. You can do so much more than you thought you could."
"I've always felt London Met has a very unique feel and brand to it. It's not your typical big university. It's a community university – there’s a really good atmosphere to it."
"Meeting other people is not about right or wrong, it’s about learning and acceptance. London Met really feels like a place where everyone could belong to."
"London Met – it doesn't just provide you with academic lessons. It also teaches you life lessons and about different cultures. I think it's so important to go to a university in London because you get to learn from other people too – we're all from different walks of life."
"What I see here is everyone being really welcoming and there's a sense of community which I've never seen at any other institution."
"Being here has shaped many of the things I do and I am grateful to the University and a number of good people I have worked with at London Met for that."
"It is the place where I’ve met some great people who I consider friends. People who share difficulties, struggles, disappointments. Situations that brought us together. I met lecturers who believe in me and keep pushing me to achieve the very best of me."
"As an alumna, London Met means the gateway to the path that led me to realise my passion for social work, to go on to become Principal Lecturer, Head of Social Work and to make a difference to students who come to social work education from diverse backgrounds. Students like me."
Nils Perez Codesal
"London is a place for me where I could grow in the best way possible. I felt so much more comfortable just being myself."
The Real London came from an idea developed by a London Met graduate who was inspired by the extraordinary people who make up the University community here. Each story features a member of this community – a student, staff member or graduate – who has been photographed and/or filmed in a London location that means something to them. Their real London stories explore who they are in their own words and come from informal interviews conducted by this same graduate alongside colleagues she now works with at London Met. We hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as we did!