If you’re lucky enough to study at one of London’s 40 high education institutions, you no doubt want to make the absolute most out of the fantastic experience you’ve got, whether you’re British or have come from further afield.
Life in London can be quite pricey and quite daunting as it’s a huge capital city with approximately 8.308 million residents as of 2013. However, it has a student population of over 400,000, so you’ll be far from alone when it comes to joining them! There are many reasons why studying in London is such an appealing prospect, and you can make your time there even more amazing by making the most out of it.
We’ve put together a list of tips for doing just that so it’s an experience you’ll treasure forever.
Get to grips with the transport
Sure, transport in one of the world’s busiest cities can be slightly confusing and difficult to master, yet once you’ve learnt the ways to the main places you need to go, like uni and the shops, you’ll soon get the hang of it and will understand it more and more. There are lots of resources out there to help you too, so you don’t have to wander around the Victoria line tearing your hair out for too long! A good starting point is the London transport website which will give you updates on any issues, too.
Check out free and cheap things to do – yes, they exist!
Everyone has a preconception that life in London is really expensive, and yes, whilst things like rent and groceries can be significantly higher than that in more northern English cities, there are plenty of free and cheap things you can do to keep yourselves entertained. After all, not all those 400,000 students are going to be millionaires, are they?! Get yourself a UCAS student discount card for just £10 for discounts and offers at loads of retail stores and restaurants. It even entitles you to discount on entry fees of lots of top London attractions.
Most London student accommodation companies, like those with Urbanest will mean you’ll barely want to leave your student room in London, anyway! Parties will definitely always be at yours!
See as much as possible
London is one of the most iconic cities in the entire world and it’s so clear to see why. With world famous attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace (to name a view) you’ll feel like you’re in a movie every time you step out of your front door. Aim to see all those amazing things before you leave, and take pictures of everything. The beauty of this is that it’s free, too! You could make a scrapbook of all the things you’ve seen and done.
Take advantage of the business contacts you can make
Approximately 20% of London students are international, meaning you’ll soon find yourself with friends from all over the globe. This can be great in terms of learning new things and trying things you’ve never tried, but it can also be good in terms of networking. Also, London is one of the business capitals of the world so you’re in a great place for when it comes to looking for a graduate job.