10 Things to Know Before Studying Abroad in London

10 Things to Know Before Studying Abroad in London

The first tip that I have for you is to try not to over-stress about getting your suit visa once you are accepted into a program or school. You won’t just be left out on your own to figure it out. My University provided a lot of help in giving details on who to contact and kind of just to run down how to actually get the visa.
Tip number two is that if you are going to be needing some extra money. While you’re in London, then most student visas will actually allow you to work up to 20 hours a week. now my school actually had a sick cage that listed jobs in the area for students and I know a lot of people that manage to get jobs at local restaurants and cafes and shops and one of my roommates actually ministry at several babysitting jobs through CARICOM. Otherwise; it just is a matter of going into shops and asking around and even keeping an eye out for help on designs.
The third tip is to take advantage of your student Easter card discount. So, basically, the student waster card looks like this. And it’s something that you can get through the TFL website for a small fee which I think cost me like 10 pounds. If you get a monthly pass, you will only have to pay a hundred pounds for the whole month. If you are going to be using public transportation a lot, you are just using the pay-as-you-go methods that can really add up after a while.
The fourth tip is that you should know is that the grading system in the UK is slightly different. At least, when you compare it to the American grading system. So, basically, you don’t freak out too much. If you’re graded like a 60% on a certain assignment because that is basically Z percentage equivalent of like a B or maybe like a C+.
Tip number five is that if you are going to be studying in London for a longer-term maybe like a year or more and make sure you find a bank that won’t charge you a monthly fee. Now I ended up going with Santander bank. it opened one of their student accounts, and I was actually being charged a fee of like five pounds a month which I really didn’t think twice about because I thought that all banks charge the monthly fee, but apparently that’s not the case just make sure you do your research beforehand.
Tip number six is that there are tons and tons of student discounts to take advantage of you basically just have to use your student ID card that you’re given and then you register with a site called unit days. You can download their app, and you’ll be able to see just how many student discounts there are. I can use it on stores like H&M Topshop Urban Outfitters even certain restaurants you can use it.
Tip number seven is specifically for Americans. So, you know that you’re going to be traveling around a lot. Then, you may want to actually consider getting a contract with T-Mobile. We have an option that allows you to get unlimited text and data internationally, so; like literally not even just in the UK. If you are traveling around Europe, you’ll be able to access the internet and make texts without being charged a fee. There is a small fee for making phone calls. So; you’ll just want to make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi for that. I family has been on this plan for years and then seriously been such a lifesaver.
Tip number eight is to try not to blow all your money on alcohol now. As you might know the drinking age in London is 18. So, if you are going for the first time, then you may be tempted to go completely overboard. You go to the pubs and the clubs every night and I don’t mean to sound like your mother. When I say this, but London is expensive as it is and having drink after drink you can really add up after a while. So; if you really want to make the most out of your experience, then you just make sure that you’re saving up money to go traveling and to experience all that London has to offer outside of the pubs.
Tip number nine is to try not to stress too much about packing. I’ve seen a lot of people that take up like half the room in their suitcases with food that they bring from home or just tons and tons of clothes. I’ve learned over time that it’s really not necessary because a since London is such a diverse and big city. You’re sure to find any food that you’re missing from home at any local shop or a grocery store. And B if you end up forgetting something, and you need extra clothes or toiletries. Primark is sure to have your back. it’s basically a really popular clothing store chain within the UK, but they basically sell really affordable and trendy clothes, but you’ll probably do shopping anyway so just keep that in mind.
The final tip is probably going to sound a little bit cliché, but whether you are studying in London for a semester or for four years you just make sure you really enjoy your time there because it will seriously fly by and I also think it’s very important to make sure you’re balancing your schoolwork with actually getting out and having fun and travelling to be completely honest.

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