Olympic stars return to London

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Summer is traditionally a quiet time for London students, as many residents head off home for the holidays. However, with Pure Highbury providing the option of 51-week contracts, there are some who choose to stay and enjoy London without the stress of studying.

July offers one of the highlights in the capital’s summer calendar, as the Anniversary Games provide a reminder of the thrilling Olympic atmosphere that gripped the city this time last year.

Many of those who provided golden moments in the Olympic Stadium will return for a Diamond League meeting in the run up to August’s athletics World Championships in Moscow, and there will be plenty of big names on show.

As you might expect, the tickets have been snapped up very quickly, selling out in just 75 minutes back in April, but anyone who was in London last summer will tell you that the event is worth a visit anyway to soak up the atmosphere and watch the action unfold on the big screens.

Who will be there?

The Anniversary Games will be split across three days, with Olympians competing on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July and Paralympians stepping into the spotlight on the Sunday.

Many of those who took home medals last year will be returning to represent Team GB. Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will be competing in the 100m hurdles and long jump, Mo Farah will run in the 3000m and long-jumper Greg Rutherford also returns, completing the trio who provided one of the most memorable nights of the Games.

Paralympic sprinters Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead will also return to the track where they struck gold in 2012.

Fans will also get the chance to see the iconic Usain Bolt compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay. Other returning Olympic champions from outside the UK include 400m winners Kirani James and Sanya Richards-Ross, hurdlers Sally Pearson and Aries Merritt, sprinter Carmelita Jeter and pole-vaulter Jenn Suhr.

Summer in London with Pure Student Living

If you’re looking to book accommodation at our Highbury, Hammersmith or Bankside student residences, you can choose between a 43-week contract that will span the length of your academic year, or a 51-week contract that will allow you to relax and enjoy your room for almost the entire calendar year.

Choosing the latter option means you have even more free time in which to enjoy all that London has to offer. With its packed calendar of events, there is always something to do while you wait for your lectures to get going again.