Though exciting, moving away and studying in a different country can be an overwhelming experience. To make matters a little bit easier we have come up with 8 things you need to know about London before you study abroad. We have got you covered from the things to see in London and activities you should do, so pack your bags and get ready because you’re about to live like a local.

Try Public Transport

Getting around London can be very easy and you’ll find that London revolves around the Underground which is otherwise known as the Tube. With 12 city lines you can find yourself in a new destination everyday. Other than the tube London has a variety of buses for as little as £1.40 so make sure you plan your routes and get exploring. Last but not least are the relatively new Boris Bikes (silly name). These bad boys mean that you pay as you go and travel with friends around the city but make sure you return them to their drop points.

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Visit Museums and Parks

London has a variety of must see museums and parks to explore and what’s even better is that you can find that most of them are entirely free. One of the top to do’s on things to see in London should be the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery where you’ll find a wide collection of European paintings. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer, fashionista or lover of the arts then you’ll be happy to know that the British Museum, Tate Modern and the V&A hosts some of the rarest and magnificent artifacts and mummies this world has ever seen. Take a day or two to see some marvels of history and spend your evenings strolling in beautiful parks such as Hyde Park and St James Park.

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Visit Food Markets

If you really want to experience London life then make sure you visit a London market. From Brick Lane to Brixton, you can expect a range of multicultural food and drinks to suit every taste bud. With food at that friendly student price at markets make sure you stock up on some quality fruit and veg.

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Nightlife

You’ve definitely in the right city if you’re looking for some fun. From North, South, East and West, London has it all under one roof. If you are looking to get out and experience the best London has to offer than you might want to try the Camden Pub Crawl. You will get a night full of music, fun and free shots so grab your friends together and spread the word.

Go To Culturally Diverse Events

All year round you can find a range of events and festivals, like Notting Hill carnival and Pride. There are film festivals and screening all across London so you will never be bored. Grab your friends together and make sure you head down for some fun.

Experience Shoreditch Life

If you enjoy wall art, vintage clothes and street food then you have to head down to Shoreditch! You can expect contemporary, quirk and hipster in abundance, so put on your pork pie hats and get the tips of your mustache waxed as your about to be shoreditched. With so much to do and see in London, visiting Shoreditch shouldn’t be one to miss.

Don’t Forget The Popular Sites

No visit to London will ever be the same without visiting one of our many tourist attractions. With Buckingham Palace, London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, London is busting full with iconic sights and attractions. If you don’t want to go it alone and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg then try out a free walking tour and experience London in all its glory.

Visit Brighton

If you’ve ever wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of London and visit the UK in more depth then make sure you check out Brighton. Only one hour away from London you can escape into sun, sea and pebbles and marvel at smallness of this city. Renowned for its party scene and famous pier, Brighton offers you a truly new experience so take the weekend off and have some fun. With our great discounts on hotels and hostels there’s no excuse not to visit.

With so many things to see in London, remember, the only thing that’s limiting you is your imagination!

If you fancy taking your time in London a bit further please check out our tours at StudentUniverse.

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