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8 Things to Know Before Moving to London for a University

March 28, 2014 by Soha Naveed

In the recent years, I as a student have witness steady growth in the number of students who are always hunting for getting education in the United Kingdom, especially in the universities of London. It has become a dream of students to get admission in international universities. London is filled with the best universities of the world.

As a city that has developed with the passage as a huge multicultural metropolitan and is marked as one of the three important financial hubs of the world, a student needs to keep a lot of points in their mind while planning to move to London for the purpose of studies.

Studying in London is not as easy as it sounds. Besides living your friends and family back home, there are a lot of factors you need to keep in notice while moving to London education. From accommodations to Visa; from expenses to the top universities and from medical care to modes of communication, one needs to do proper research before applying for a university.

To make things easy, here are the top 8 points you need to ponder upon in terms of staying in London. Stay in loop and take this as the guide that will guide you throughout the university journey in London.

Information and Tips for Living in London, United Kingdom:

1. UK Student Visa

UK Student Visa

For those students who reside outside EU have a compulsion to apply for the student visa. The application for the student Visa for UK needs to be submitted within the period of 3 months. Contacting the local passport office will lead you with more details.

2. Transportation in London

Transportation In London

The most accessible feature present in London is the public transportation. You can easily stroll around London through the Light Railway (DLR), bus, train and the tube train. In order to refrain from getting stuck by the transport expenses, follow these quick tips:

- Get traveling cards
- Get a traveling card for the tight travel zone
- Get an Oyster card

Taxis present in London are a bit expensive than the local transport. For getting a taxi in London, send SMS “CAB” to 60835 and you will get the contact numbers for the nearby cabs.

3. Expenses and costs in London

Expenses And Costs In London

Now this is what one needs to look for carefully, especially for a student. London is one of the most expensive cities present in Europe. The average costs of living vary between the different areas. For the international students in London, the UK Border Agency – UKBA requires the budget of £800 per month. This is minus the university costs and tuition costs. The city may be expensive, but it provides the students cost effective experiences like part time jobs.

4. Medical Care

Medical Care

The international students found studying in UK are entitled with UK National Health Service (NHS) treatment without any additional costs.

5. Sightseeing in London

Sightseeing In London

Who would miss the chance of not exploring London? With the 3rd most tourists-loved city, diverse locations, historical places and UNESCO’s four landmarks, London offers breathtaking sceneries. Places like the Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Tate Modern, Big Ben and the London Eye are worth seeing.

6. Communication


Leaving friends and family and going to a new place is a hurdle in itself. Regardless of how dramatic the experience is, one cannot live without their friends and family. Communication in London is made easy as the technology aspects have reached kissing the doorsteps of the place. Means like VoIP apps for the smartphones allows people to make cheap international calls back home. As a student, you do not need to spend many of your pounds on calls as internet calling apps saves your pocket.

7. Top Universities of London

Top Universities Of London

As I mentioned earlier, London covers the global impact of higher education. It offers more than 40 universities that are known as the best in Europe. Here’s the list of the top 10 London situated universities:

1) Birkbeck, University of London
2) Brunel University
3) City University, London
4) Goldsmith, University of London
5) Imperial College London
6) King’s College London
7) Kingston University London
8) London Business School
9) London School of Economics
10) Middlesex University

8. Accommodation in London

Accommodation In London

Getting a flat for rent or for permanent stay in London is a tedious task. There are many factors one needs to consider; safety of the area, suitability, utility costs and many more. Some universities offer dorms and houses for students in the campus areas as well.

However, most of international students prefer getting an apartment and room which off campus as they will get the chance to enjoy the after-university lifestyle. Make proper research in getting the place for inexpensive rates.

Now that you know, moving to London can be made easy. Follow these tips and move to London to fulfill your dream of studying in your favorite university.

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