Moving To London As A Student

Moving To London As A Student

London. The big smoke. If you’ve never lived in London, you’ll probably have heard people who live there complain about it, whilst also insisting it’s the best place on earth in the same breath. For Londoners, it’s home, the only place they would want to be; for those who move to the city in search of opportunity, it can become the home they never thought they’d find.  Moving to London as a student requires some planning but it is worth the effort.

For students, London is a hub of connection, opportunity, fun, and things to explore. It can also be a tiring, difficult place to live which many find lonely. Here are three things to know before moving to London as a student!

London to London as a Student: It’s Expensive.

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Most capital cities are the most pricey places to live within that country, and London is no exception. It is the fifth most expensive city in the world in terms of monthly rent and coupled with travel, shopping and activities, it is pricey. London student accommodation can amazing quality, however. Find out more information about student accommodation in London.

Student finance generally accommodates this. You are eligible for a higher maintenance loan if you choose to study in London, helping you with living costs for this expensive city.

It’s Not Like Other University Experiences

There are good and bad sides to this. The pros of London student living is that you will never run out of things to do – the city is packed to the brim with awesome experiences which will never cease to amaze you. Plus, there are over forty universities in London, meaning that the student population is enormous. This means there are always new faces to meet and student events at which you can interact with students from any other London uni.

The downside is that there is less of a community feeling to London university. In smaller cities such as Leeds or Glasgow, students are much more of a community and live in closer quarters. However, Londoners are generally an independent species and expect students to be similar. Finding friends and creating a support bubble can take longer, especially if you are new to the city.

London to London as a Student: You’ll Meet People From All Over The World

One of the greatest things about London is its cultural diversity. In no other city in the world will you meet quite as many people from different walks of life. The international student population of London is vast and varied. If you’re from the UK, you will have the experience of meeting students from Asia, America, Africa, Australia and other parts of Europe who will enrich your knowledge and challenge you in interesting new ways. London brings the whole world into one sprawling city – if this sounds like it’s for you, buckle up! It’s going to be a rollercoaster.

Visiting Our Capital City

I’ve never been to London and Roy hasn’t either. Considering we are such keen historians ourselves (and Kieran the 7yr old looks set to be the same) it is surprising we haven’t made the effort before now. Our aim in the next year or so (hopefully the next year!) is to take a trip down to London as a family for a long weekend.

I want to see the Palace, I want to see the shops, I want to visit the infamous food markets (it might be worth us going self catering if we are gong to be buying bags of yummy food unless we want to transport them all home!), I want to see and do everything and I want to share the experience with the whole family.

I know there are many sides to London and to explore these I think Roy and I would visit again on our own. I like the idea of the little hidden pockets, the side streets filled with wonderful little shops and more however the first time around….. we will be tourists (bum-bags and all!) and will be doing what tourists do.

Being the frugal family that we are we will probably use Tesco vouchers to pay for our train journey and possibly a Travelodge somewhere if we don’t find a discounted self accomodation place we can travel to and from. We’ll get travel cards, a London Pass and take packed lunches everywhere. Actually I’m quite looking forward to the idea of it all. You may well see a post in the future titled “Doing the Tourist Thing in London on a Budget” 🙂

My question for you all today is this: Where is the must-visit place for families doing the tourist thing in London? Kieran will tell you it is the London Zoo, Roy the Tower, myself anything historial and Taylor…. well if it sells ice-cream it will be a winner.


I could see Kieran thoroughly enjoying exploring London!
I could see Kieran thoroughly enjoying exploring London!

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