Updated: May 12, 2021
Without a shadow of a doubt, with over 30 thousand courses on offer, London is definitely one of the best cities for international students to be. It is home to a thriving and diverse international student community and you will bump into fellow students and make new friends from all corners of the world.
London has often been ranked best student city based on indicators such as student mix, academic performance, desirability, employment, safety and affordability. With a population of around nine million, London has the highest city GDP in Europe and people enjoy a high standard of living in general. THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET:
On account of the high standard of living, life in London doesn't necessarily come cheap but if you work out your monthly student budget and don't go overboard, you will live comfortably as a student. Realistically, you should budget around an average of 1,200 to 1,500 pounds per month for living expenses including accommodation, travel and food. There are insider tips that you should know about that will make your pounds stretch further such as shopping at some of the most economical supermarkets in town such as Aldi, Lidl, Morrison's ( look out for products that come in white packaging ) and Iceland for frozen goods. Buy your cleaning products and shower gels at Poundland to cut costs too. If you nip into stores at around six pm, you will be able to grab some great bargains and take advantage of the daily offers. In the long run, this will save you lots of pounds. Every penny counts, remember! As in all cities, there are more expensive areas to live in and there are more economical options. Average student rents go from 600 to 750 pounds a month and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant comes at around 12 to 20 pounds per person. Do bear in mind that you will probably be asked to leave a deposit of four to six weeks' rent if you are renting in the private sector. Study First Europe will give you further details about these matters as well as advice on how to stick within your budget and tips on how you can get by without having to splash out! Once we have helped you with your visa applications, it will be time to think about opening a bank account and registering with a local GP doctor. You will find more information about this in our article Welcome to the United Kingdom.
SPECTACULAR LONDON SIGHTSEEING:
You will soon become settled in your new surroundings and then you can really start taking advantage of everything that this vibrant metropolis has to offer. London is renowned for its amazing sightseeing possibilities. Get to see the world famous Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. The city is equally acclaimed for its spectacular attractions such as the 135 metres high London Eye where you can enjoy a thrilling thirty minute ride and take in a magnificent 360 panorama of the city, the Sealife London Aquarium with over 400 marine species including sharks and stingrays and let's not forget the internationally acclaimed wax museum at Madame Tussaud's where you will be amazed by the real life looking celebrities, past and present.
London might be pricey overall, but do remember that there are heaps of freebies too! You will always find so much going on in the museums and galleries dotted throughout the city and you will often get in for free. Check out the Tate Modern at Bankside, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the British Museum in Bloomsbury, Somerset House at the Strand ( hosting the 2021 Design Biennale in June ), the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in South Kensington, the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, the Victoria and Albert Museum in Knightsbridge and the Southbank Centre at Waterloo. MORE FREEBIES TO ENJOY: