Tips for London Students
If you are lucky enough to study in London, you have a world of opportunity on your doorstep. However, with this huge scope of possibility comes the shock of a busy capital city with enough hustle and bustle to make a lot of people want to go straight back to their childhood bedroom. But London is a great place and it is best to embrace the chaos and make the most of the hive of activity. There are employment opportunities in just about every sector and the universities are among the best in the world. Here are some tips on getting all you can from student life in London.
Familiarize yourself with Public Transport
The thing a lot of people struggle with when moving to London is the sheer size of the place. Owning a car will not make navigation around the capital any easier as roads are blocked with traffic jams and the congestion charge makes it needlessly expensive. The best thing to do is get used to your public transport options. Whether the tube, the overland or buses are best for your regular routes, transport in London is great (when it is running smoothly).
Save Money Where You Can
The cost of living in London is high, no-one can argue with that, but there are various life hacks you can use to get the most from your money. Use your NUS student discount where you can and look out for the various offers which are available in university areas. Doing things like cooking your meals from scratch and taking in packed lunches can also help you save those important pennies.
Use All the Resources Available to You
When studying in London, it makes sense to make the most of the variety of educational and cultural resources available to you. From the Natural History Museum to the events in The City (financial district), there are lots to glean from these world-famous institutions.
Engage with Your ‘Most Wanted’ Employers
With unrivaled employment opportunities, get in contact with the companies that you most want to work for to gain work experience while you’re in their backyard.
Get Out of the Capital
As great as London is, everyone feels the need to escape from time to time. Thankfully, the rail links to National Parks in England, other cities in Europe and the seaside are very good indeed.
To make the most of London it is best to live as centrally as possible. Urbanest have some amazing apartments in the most happening areas of London. Research where you want to be and see what is available for your budget.
Talk to People
London has an unfair reputation of being an unfriendly place full of stand-offish people. In reality, most Londoners are happy-go-lucky and very welcoming to those new to the city. If you need to know something – ask!