Located on the outskirts of Uxbridge and named after the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brunel University was founded in 1966 and includes three colleges and three major research institutes. The arts, computer science, politics, media and, unsurprisingly, engineering are among its popular courses. It is home to nearly 13,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide. If you are here to visit friends, family or through some other connection to the university, you won’t find a great deal in the immediate vicinity of the campus. However, if you head into the centre of Uxbridge there is an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops. The sights and sounds of central London are also easily accessible via a short tube journey which you can take from Uxbridge Underground Station. The local area also offers plenty of green open space for you to explore and escape this busy part of west London. The most notable being Colne Valley Park which is a staggering 27,500 acres.