An international student’s advice on London

Everyone can relate to being a foreigner in another city but being an international student comes with its own unique trials and perspectives. It’s always awesome to get valuable opinions on how to familiarise yourself with the city of London, from one foreigner to another. Having lived outside of the UK and London all your life and moving can be a big step. Read below to get an international student’s advice on London:


pack your essentials

Don’t forget to bring with you all the necessary required essentials. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you need to purchase it in London, considering the prices over there.

Get lost

My first day in London, studying with my year abroad, I headed into the city blindly. Starting from my uni’s campus near Baker Street, I picked a direction and just walked. At every crossroad, I made a decision: left, right or forward. I walked through Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regents Park and a handful of other places in between. Walking in London is easy with everything so centrally located, and it’s a wonderful way to find places you might not come across in a guidebook. A word of caution – London is still a busy city, so be wary of being out late on your own.

Eat your heart out

A wonderful perk of London is the huge selection of diverse cuisine. Don’t be afraid to try something new, and you never know what other places you’ll find near to the restaurant. I’ll leave you with two of my favourites, Crosstown Doughnuts and Rosa’s Thai Cafe, but from there, it’s all up to you. Explore old favourites or try something you’ve never eaten before, and I promise you’ll find something you love in London.

Take advantage

Coming from America, I wasn’t used to museums being free. In London, you can take advantage of free entry to places like the National Gallery, The British Museum and The Natural History Museum. Whether you enjoy art, history or science, I guarantee there’s something for you for free in London.

Chill out

For a metropolitan area, London has a wonderful array of beautiful parks you can visit. Grab a picnic or your favourite book and head out to one of London’s parks for a lovely laid-back afternoon.

Find your niche

While I think it’s most important to explore things you’ve never done before, you may feel most comfortable doing what you know and, in a city like London, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to find it. Whether it’s jazz clubs, theatre, salsa or football, do a little research, and I’m sure you can find a place that has just what you want.

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