Life in UK
London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and offers you
the very best in variety and education. It is home to over 300,000 students, more
than any other UK city. This makes life truly vibrant, diverse and affords hard-working students great opportunity to advance their careers. London is at the heart
of the global economy with over 480 international banks and the world’s top 20 insurance
companies plus 75% of the Fortune 500 companies having offices here. As a student
you are perfectly placed to position yourself at the epicentre of the global business
world. If you are more focused on developing a career in IT or management, you can
draw inspiration from the city where creative industries employ over 750,000 people
or you may wish to allow your entrepreneurial spirit to capture and develop a need
in the market. Whichever sector or route you choose, be assured that you are
in the best city to succeed in your chosen career path.
Cost of Living
If you budget wisely, student finances can go a long way in London. The cost of
living is often a worry for students. There is no escaping the fact that London
is an expensive place, but it can be costly to live in any big city. Tens of thousands
of students move to London each year, and by taking a sensible approach to money,
they can enjoy London life without worrying about finances. The cost of living will
vary depending on the situation and the type of entertainment each student enjoys,
but the key is to budget realistically and to stick to your budget.
The British museum has a collection of seven million objects representing the rich history of human cultures which mirrors
the city of London’s global variety. In no other museum can the visitor see so clearly
the history of what it is to be human. Other museums in the centre of town include
the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Galleries are also in abundance in London. Many are free to enter. Places such as
the National Gallery and the Tate Modern are most definitely worth a visit.
For a new student in London there are so many wonderful sights to visit. It is almost
impossible to know where to start. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the
Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Tower of London are but a few.
In London, shopping can definitely be classed as a cultural activity as the city
is full of famous shopping streets. For a wealth of high street shops visit Regent
Street and Oxford Street. The latter also houses the large department store, Selfridges.
For more upmarket and exclusive shops New Bond Street is the place to go, even if
it is just for window shopping.
London is home to a wealth of sports, and whatever it is you are interested in there
are plenty of sports to either take part in or support. The city is full of famous
sporting venues and so if it is spectating you enjoy, you will not be disappointed,
e.g Wembley, Wimbledon, the Oval cricket ground, Twickenham, and many
premiership football clubs. London will also be transformed in the run-up to the
2012 Olympics with a number of new venues being built helping to develop and encourage
sport across the city.
Living in London offers the opportunity to explore this vibrant city and the excellent
transport links mean there is no excuse. Getting around and travelling both to and
from the city is made simple by the vast number of travel links that are available.
Buckingham College of London is situated in Whetstone, this location can be
reached easily by tube or bus.
The London Underground ('Tube') is the most popular method of transport for students, commuters,
and tourists. With over 3 million passengers travelling on the tube every
day it is a fast and safe way to travel. There is a service which runs from around
5am until midnight daily.
London buses are becoming increasingly popular and are a less crowded and cheaper
travel option to the Underground. Transport for London runs a number of night buses
which have a service until around 5 am and also a number of 24 hour routes which
make travelling home in the evenings simple and safe.
Travelling outside London
Living in London allows the exploration of other parts of the UK without transport
hassle. There are a few reliable transport options for travelling around cheaply
and quickly. National Express run a regular and affordable bus service across the
country, and National Rail also has a good service which can be made cheaper with
a Student Rail Card.
Central London is extremely well linked to the three main airports: Heathrow, Gatwick
and Stansted. All can be reached by a short journey on the airport express trains
which are relatively inexpensive or on the airport buses which both run a very fast
and regular service. There is also a London Underground line to Heathrow.