Starting university life is scary, especially if you’re heading to a new city to start living independently. If you’ve chosen to go to London, you are in for a truly incredible journey, but it will be overwhelming. Throughout London, there are 18 universities that all offer a unique learning experience. You will need to work out which area of the city you want to live in how you will fund your student life, and you’ll have plenty of fun along the way. With this in mind, you will find five top tips below to get your London student experience off to the right start.
Get Your Accommodation Right
You need to get your accommodation right, as you will be spending at least a year here. You should make sure the house is in the area you want to live in and factor in travel to the university - keep in mind that the travel infrastructure is phenomenal in London. You have a couple of options for accommodation, including living in halls of residence and finding a room for rent online. You will move into an established household and need to introduce yourself straight away because you will be living with them for some time.
When you go to another city for university, Freshers’ week will be your best friend. Your students’ union will throw events to help you get to know the city and other people. You will find clubs and bars putting on events especially for students. As well as partying hard, you will find information about societies to join and get involved in. If you have any issues while studying in London, your students’ union is your first port of call.
Student life is expensive, and London is more so than other cities. Your student loan will get you so far, but you will need other sources of income. Fortunately, London is packed with shops and restaurants, so you will easily find yourself a part-time job. You will gain experience that will help you with your CV.
There are plenty of diverse boroughs in London, and they’re all spread out if you’re planning to go by foot. Thankfully, London is extremely well connected by Tube and bus services, and the prices aren’t extremely high. As well as public transport, Uber operates in London and offers a cheaper alternative to the London taxis.
While living in the right place, making the most of freshers’ week, and learning the lay of the land is essential - you need to remember to have fun. University is a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t get back. In your first year, you need to study hard but enjoy your student life. Your focus will shift more towards study in your second and third years.
Moving to London for university can be an exciting adventure - you just need to know how to get started right. Take time to find the right place to live, make the most of student services and freshers’ week, and make sure you explore the city.