Tips for studying in London:
1. Research universities in London
Before moving to London, it’s important to do your research and ask yourself: What course do I want to study? What university best appeals to me? Do I need to meet certain universities requirements?
London is a brilliant city, but it’s not right for everyone, so it’s crucial you do your research and make sure you’ve chosen a course and university that suits you.
Make sure to research the university online, look at their website and social media, and attend open days to find out more.
If you’re looking for advice on applying to university, check out our blog for some top tips on how to get into university.
2. Check your student Visa
As a result of Brexit, a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland have been affected by new rules.
Previously, you could move to the UK without a Visa, now it is required.
Your course must meet the government’s eligibility requirements to apply.
- You also need a course confirmation from your university.
- You need to provide proof that you can fund your course and living costs.
- You will need proof of your English language skills.
- If you are under 18, you will need evidence of consent from your parents.
After these, you are ready to apply. International students and citizens from the previously mentioned countries must apply online via the UK Visas and Immigration website.
The earliest you can apply is three months before the start date of your course. So, apply as soon as possible. Once confirmed you are ready to book that flight!
3. Start looking for accommodation early
Every year, thousands of students search to find their new homes before the start of their course.
The easiest and most straightforward way is applying for a room at your university’s accommodation.
It is usually less stressful, and you get the chance to meet new people and get involved in the student lifestyle.
Just look for the accommodation section on your university’s website and choose your room.
There are usually places available, but my top pieece of advice is to start looking and applying early, to secure the accommodation you most want.
Check out our moving to university guide for advice on what to bring to university and how to best settle in.
4. Prepare for a slight culture shock
The first month of stepping into student life in London is going to be exciting. You will meet different people, explore new cultures and discover new places and attractions.
But at the same time, it can sometimes be overwhelming moving to a new city and adjusting to student life. Some as small as being in a different time zone to your family if you’re an international student, or getting used to London’s constant rain!
It’s important to take your time and give yourself an adjustment period. Student life can be full-on and hectic, so make sure you’re still taking time for yourself and taking things slow now and then.
5. Be prepared for the costs of studying in London
There’s no denying that living and studying in London is expensive. London is the financial capital of the world and it is definitely one of the most expensive places to live compared to other countries in the UK and the rest of the world.
This can make living on a student budget difficult, however, there are hundreds of things you can do in London for free, such as exploring London’s museums, parks and galleries.
It’s important you’re weekly and monthly budgeting and are keeping on top of your money, so you can enjoy all that London has to offer and are not constantly stressed by money.
To help your finances and allow you to earn some extra money as a student, it’s a good idea to get a part-time job.
This can be a great extra source of money, and will also boost your employability.
For tips on finding and managing a part-time job at university, visit our blog!
Or, if you need help budgeting and looking after your money as a student, check out our guide on top money saving tips for students.
6. Get involved with societies and clubs
University is more than just grades and getting a degree. London universities have great societies and clubs you can join, these are a great way to meet new friends, learn a new skill and discover more of the city!
Check out our blog for more of the benefits of joining a society, and how to find your perfect society.
7. Take full advantage of student discounts
To help cope with the costs of London, it’s important you’re taking full advantage of your student discount. UniDays and NUS cards are great platforms where you can access hundreds of discounts to clothing and food retailers.
You can also access discounts on travel when you are in full-time education. You are eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard and get 30% off the price on your oyster.
London also has many apps that offer discounts to food, ‘Too Good to Go’ is a great app where you can collect restaurant leftovers, that would otherwise go to waste, at a heavily discounted price.