The University of Liverpool is to occupy 75,000 sq ft at 33 Finsbury Square in London where it will open a new campus.

The university has submitted a planning application for a change of use, with a view to offer courses in September.

Pro-vice chancellor Kelvin Everest  said: “We are a global university, all the international league tables put us in the top 1% of universities in the world and these days universities at that level need to operate right around the world.

“We already have a university in China and we have more than 6,000 students there, we are looking to open up in other parts of the world and we don’t see any reason why London shouldn’t be included for certain kinds of courses.”