London is the epitome of a college town. Students run the city, and London businesses love to accommodate the University lifestyle. London's Mustang pride isn't solely reserved for Homecoming weekend; restaurants and bars promote the school with purple and white UWO memorabilia in their windows and interiors at all times. Much of the city's livelihood rests on the presence of students. Although the campus is slightly off-set from downtown, UWO's location rarely deters students from city explorations. In terms of entertainment, students need to look no further than Richmond Row—the city's downtown hotspot for day and nighttime activities. However, in the summer, London is strangely quiet in contrast to its vibrant school-year buzz.
Downtown London is unarguably charming, with a pleasant mix between local and chain shops and restaurants scattered over its popular Richmond Street. Many of the boutiques are located in renovated, old buildings, which add to much of the city's historical flare. London is clean, safe, and easy to navigate around, but may not be large enough for true city lovers. The malls are basic in store selection, so shopaholics will have to put their addictions to rest until their next visit to nearby cities like Toronto or Detroit. The public transit is user friendly, and routes conveniently cluster around student-heavy areas across the city. Yet, although London meets basic standards for a good time, those looking for unique cultural experiences in a complex city may have more fun elsewhere.