Moving to London for University : A Students Guide

Moving to London as a student can be an extremely exciting time. Whether you are coming from another part of the UK, or further afield, the opportunity to study in one of the world most famous and vibrant cities will likely make for a truly memorable uni experience. However, it can also be a little daunting settling in a huge new city, especially if you come from somewhere quieter and more sedate. To prevent you from becoming overwhelmed, consider these simple tips on how to settle in as seamlessly as possible, whilst taking advantage of all that London has to offer.Here are some tips to help you settle in.

Where Will You Live?

First up, you'll need to sort out your accommodation long before you set sail to the big city. Most London universities have halls of residence for their students, so this might be the best bet: not only is this often cheap, it is also a great way for you to get to know your fellow students. If halls aren't your thing, look for private landlords who offer student housing at decent prices. Flat shares are a great, and will allow you to find likeminded students to live with who don't share your enthusiasm for living in halls. 

How to Get Around

London has an array of transport methods for you to use when getting out and seeing the city. The world famous London Underground is a great service, while the bus network is extremely comprehensive, as well as being more affordable than the Tube. Cycling is also big in the city, with the relatively new 'Boris Bikes' great for getting about. Or, since you're a fit young person, why not walk? London is a beautiful city with a host of wonders around just about every corner, and walking is the best way to take it all in.

How To Get Social

Aside from gaining academic qualifications, uni is all about being social, making friends, doing and seeing new things, and growing as a person. Your uni should have a range of different social clubs for you to join and various different events for you to get stuck into. Starting uni in a strange new place can be scary, and lonely, at times, so try to throw yourself into things you enjoy as much as you can. If you ever have trouble, the uni should also have some sort of advice service to help you make the most of your experience. 

Cheap Nights Out 

Students aren't exactly known for their wealth, and most will be looking to save money wherever they can, particularly those at London universities as it’s a city known for being particularly steep. There are loads of cheap bars, clubs, and restaurants for students in the city. Bring along your NUS card and head over to Club to Fromage every Saturday night at the O2 Academny in Islington, with entry at a lowly £6. For a midweek night out, go along to Los Locos in Covent Garden on Wednesdays: drinks start at £1.50, with shots down as low as £1, so you'll be sure to have some fun for less! Your uni should have a list of cheap nights out and eateries for you to peruse, so be sure to check them out.

You'll also have no problems exploring the city on the cheap in the day. Many top destinations, such as the National History Museum and National Gallery, are free to enter, while other attractions will have cheap deals and discounts for students to take advantage of. Don't rush though: you'll be there for some time, so just take things as they come and spread the cost over the course of your term.
About The Author:
Rebecca is a twenty-something graduate living and working in London. After studying History of Art at university she began writing on behalf of Brunel University in London, and especially enjoys finding out what’s new and exciting to do in the city.


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