Top Tips for Living and Studying in London
Language level: Intermediate
London is an amazing city to live, study and work, with hundreds of fantastic places to see and things to do. Nevertheless, a little help goes a long way, so if you’re studying English in London, here are a few tips to help make sure you have the best experience during your time here.
Get an Oyster Card & Learn the Bus Network
The first thing you must understand before you move to London is that an Oyster Card is extremely useful (a contactless card from a UK bank account is the alternative). On London buses, you can’t pay for a journey with cash, and tickets on the London Underground are cheaper with an Oyster.
Another tip is to get a smart phone app to help you use the bus network. There are thousands of buses in London running on hundreds of routes, so it’s very useful to have the help and extra travel information of an app when you’re travelling around.
A great way to know the city and see everything it has to offer is to eat out! Of course, many places in London are very expensive, but many others are cheap.
The magazine Time Out lists the 100 best cheap eats in the city, with many meals under £10. Make your way over to the East of the city to try pie and mash. This traditional London meal is filling, cheap and delicious!
It’s not true that it rains all the time in London – but it does rain quite a lot! Winters can be cold, though the temperature doesn’t go below freezing very often. Still, it is wise to come prepared to avoid having to buy additional clothes later. A nice winter coat and some good waterproof shoes will help make winter much more comfortable.
Go to the Pub
If you really want to experience typical London life, you must visit a pub. The pub is the British version of the New York Coffee House or the Parisian Bistro. Pubs are very often the centre of the local community and where people come to meet friends, talk about football and – of course – drink beer.
London has some of the best museums and art galleries in the world. What’s more, many of them are free to enter. As a student, you can take advantage of London’s museums when they are at their least busy by visiting them early in day before the big crowds arrive.
If you’re a student, you need to make the most of all the opportunities to study in the city – and spending a day with the mummies of the British Museum is a fantastic way to do just that!