Moving to London as an American student, you’re bound to feel the thrill of having a new city beneath your feet, while also feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of living in an entirely different country. However, don’t fret.
As you settle into your new home, refer to this list of the major tips and tricks for a smooth transition into becoming a Londoner.
Dining Out in London
Let’s get to the important stuff first. Be happy there are lots of cheap food options in London that will satisfy your stomach and your student budget. Brick Lane in East London is a great spot for good Indian curries that won’t cost you lots of money.
Furthermore, outdoor markets are some of the best places to get your hands on cheap eats from artisan vendors. Look into such markets as Borough Market, Portobello Market, Camden Lock Market, and Brixton Market, to name a few. If you’re feeling a tad homesick, there are places to find traditional American breakfast, such as the Breakfast Club (you don’t have to eat blood pudding if you don’t want).
Getting Around in London
To get around in London you’ll be using the London Transportation system, which includes the Underground (a.k.a. the Tube), buses, trains, and walking. A nifty web site to help navigate the massive transit system is Transport for London, where students can enquire about student travel cards, discounts, and ways to easily plan their journeys around town.
Your university will usually help you get started with this process and give you more detailed instructions on how to get to/from your university.
Tap Into Your Interests
The irony of the title of this blog is there is no right way to transition into London life. It really just comes down to being true to you. Do you like visiting museums on a Friday night? Then do that! London has some great exhibits all about town and most of the museums are free.
Are you a beer fan? Be happy there are a plethora of pubs down every alleyway. Are you into fashion? London has the best shopping at both vintage stores and popular shopping streets (Oxford Street, to name a busy shopping hub).
You’ll Be a Londoner in No Time
The moral of the story is to learn how to acculturate rather than assimilate, meaning that you should keep an open mind to your London surroundings yet retain your American identity all the while. This way you’ll be able to explore your new fab city while also feeling grounded.
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