Would you consider Scotland? Edinburgh has beautiful architecture and is much smaller than London, thus it seems a bit more manageable. Other perks are that living expenses are a lot less and you can walk almost everywhere.
Still very lively--lots of nightlife, stuff to do and see.
Let me know if I can help you with anything specific about your move. I've written lots about moving to the UK on my blog -snip- Feel free to leave comments or questions there.
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We've explored this one a fair bit on other threads, so have a little search and you might get more info.
Personally, I really enjoyed living in Brighton - it would be my top choice. But Leo lived there and hated it, so just shows how different our opinions can be on this.
London is certainly the most cosmopolitan, the busiest, the swishest and has the most potential employment. It's also the most expensive, and can be lonely and frustrating if you're unlucky.
For me, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester or Newcastle would be a good compromise - all big enough to have stuff going on, a bit friendlier and more manageable than London. I think Edinburgh is a suggestion worth looking into - I lived there briefly and found it an extremely attractive.
I would also like to vouch for Brighton its the best place in the UK ive spent time in
I'm going to agree with most of the other posters here and say that Brighton is an amazing place well worth living in and that in my opinion London is really over priced and over hyped as a destination for students. Awesome city to visit, not a very practical place to live.
I do have to stick a vote in for Newcastle though. As someone who's from here I think it's the perfect city for students. It's got good nightlife [not just the awful chav bars everyone always visits but an actual nightlife scene all of its own], it's fairly cheap to live here and more than anything it's generally a pretty friendly, welcoming place to turn up in.
[thats my tourism board piece over with]
Good luck choosing!