As an international student, you may find arriving in London to be initially quite daunting. However, the place that’s been ranked as the best student city in the world, offers so much opportunity to not only give your education and career a huge boost, but to help cultivate friendships, and deliver plenty of fun along the way.
Studying abroad in the UK capital can be an amazing experience for any student. We want you to make the most of your time in the city, so we’ve got some top ways that you can make student life in London even better…
Make the most of its multiculturalism
The bustling and vibrant atmosphere that London is known for is partly down to the many different cultures that the city is home to. Communities from every continent can be found in the city, along with a variety of styles, events, cuisines and customs for any student to experience.
There’s an abundance of organisations set up to help students from around the world to meet up and share their cultural experiences, and even to practice their language skills. For example, each Sunday at the Crypt Café in Trafalgar Square, the Language and Cultural Exchange meets up to organise trips to landmarks and other activities in the city.
Don’t miss out on the museums
The UK capital is littered with a rich variety of famous museums, which are all ready for you to explore, often with free admission. The Natural History Museum and the British Museum are two of the most well-known museums, and they can often be very busy as a result.
However, if you use some of your time during the week to visit, then you’ll find taking in the exhibits a lot more enjoyable during quieter periods. Going early in the morning is usually the best time to avoid any potential crowds. If you’re more into art then there’s also museums like the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, which stay open late on Fridays.
Take advantage of student discounts and deals
London is spectacular city for students, but it can often be quite expensive, which means you need to use your student discount as often as you can. An NUS card can give you discounts at many places, from restaurants and cafes to shops and cinemas.
Many outlets offer special student deals throughout the year, and you can even get money off your travel; with National Express coaches and Network Rail offering discount prices to students, so that you can explore more of the UK.
Explore nearby cities and attractions
Speaking of discounted travel, you’ll be able to hop on the train during your study breaks, in order to visit exciting cities and attractions further afield. A mere 90 minute train journey can get you from Waterloo to Brockenhurst where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the New Forest National Park. You could visit the Margate 25 minutes away by train, with its sandy beach and famous amusement park.
If you’re into your history than the ancient towns of Chester and York are situated just a couple of hours away from the UK capital. Or why not enjoy a soak in the Thermae Bath Spa? Located in nearby Bath, the stunning rooftop pool offers great views of the city. If you’re a fan of pop culture you could also catch a train north to pay homage to The Beatles in Liverpool. There’s so many sites to see and enjoy, without having to travel long distances away from London.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make your student life in the city even better. If you’re looking to study in London, then contact us at IEC Abroad today, and our specialists can help you find the right university for you.