London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, and when you're a student, the city is most definitely your oyster. Studying in London will place you right into the middle of a global business centre and regardless of which course you're planning to study, the opportunities for work experience and internships are virtually limitless.
Planning for Your Stay
Before you pack your suitcase, make sure you have all of your paperwork in place. Are you eligible to study in England? Do you need a visa? Do you have to pay university course fees? Do you have somewhere to stay? Are you planning to work during your stay in London? Getting your paperwork together and ensuring that your visa and accommodation is in place before you set off means that you can just get on with having fun once you arrive.
The only way to truly get to know London is to get out there and get involved! Getting a part-time job at a bar, restaurant or your local student union is a great way to do this as you'll not only get more money in your pocket but you'll also immerse yourself in the local culture. When you're not studying or working, there are a vast range of things to see and do – so much, in fact, that you might not be able to fit everything in during one visit. There's the typical tourist attractions, such as the London Dungeon, the Tower of London, the changing of the guard, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster... the list is endless. But there is so much more to London than tourist attractions. You'll find restaurants, pubs, wine bars and hidden gems all over the city. The best way to see them all? Hop on the tube and explore.
Top Tips for Studying in the City
• Keep to a budget. Familiarise yourself with the conversion rate and get to know it before you leave so that it isn't a shock when you arrive.
• If you're trying to save money, instead of buying prepackaged foods from cafes and shops, invest in some lunchboxes and water bottles and pack your own lunches.
• Eat like a local. Imported foods and goods that are out of season will cost more, so eat like a local and choose food from farmer's markets and local stores to really get a sense of the cuisine in the city – you'll save money, too.
• Grab an Oyster card. If you're eligible, you can get a Student Oyster card which will give you a discount of 30% on standard adult fares on the tube, train and buses.
• Eat ethnic. London is incredibly diverse and you'll find restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world for very reasonable prices, and this is a great way to try something new.
• Don't forget to travel outside of London. There are hundreds of interesting cities, villages and towns all over the country and if you're feeling brave, you can also fly to hundreds of locations in Europe for as little as £10 each way.
Don't Forget to Study
Primarily, you've travelled to London to study. With a huge range of MBA degrees and courses available, you can study virtually any course in the city, from accounting to zoology and everything in between. Just don't forget to get your head down in your books whilst you're there!