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Opportunities To Travel While Studying In The UK

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Jun 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

There are many wonderful opportunities to travel while studying at a UK university, and I am making sure I’m not missing out. Only in the last week, I have travelled to both Germany AND France!

Wine Country in Germany.

Considering just how expensive it is to travel to Europe from America or Canada, the UK is a near-perfect hub for affordable European travel. For example, I was able to buy a round-trip ticket to Germany for around £60 (around 75USD) through RyanAir, one of the many budget airlines that operate in Great Britain. Budget European travel is one of the great experiences that you could have as a British student, with round-trip flight prices from London to Paris, Rome and Athens ranging from around £40 to £70 (around 50USD to 85USD).

Also, with budget coach (long-distance bus) companies like Megabus and Flixbus, you can travel to European cities for even cheaper than budget airlines (if you don’t mind the long travel times).

Street Art in Strasbourg

Why not explore the world even cheaper with a friend? If you know someone who lives in Europe, venture to their village/ town/ city and stay with them, you’ll save plenty of money on accommodation. I’ve had many opportunities to do this since moving to the UK, most of my friends are from countries other than the US or UK. Not only is this way of travelling a cost saver, but it is a wonderful way to experience cultures from a local’s perspective! However, if you don’t have this option, you could always stay at a cheap hostel rather than a more expensive accommodation option - just do your research on the quality and accreditation of the hostel.

For those of you who are interested in adventures beyond Europe, you’ll be pleased to know that many European cities and airlines connect to flights to Africa and Asia.

Southern England's 'Durdle Door'

While there are plenty of travel opportunities outside of the UK, the British Isles can be just as interesting and amazing as further travel. Especially as a student in the UK, you will have many chances to visit England, Cornwall, the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, and Shetland. There are so many interesting things to see in these countries, such as natural landmarks, wildlife, castles, famous towns and cities, sporting venues and so on.  Public transport is generally better in the UK than the United States, and the domestic travel is often very affordable.

I’m a soccer fan (or football in the UK), so I can’t help but briefly mention the travel opportunities for one of my favorite sports. The UK is arguably the best place in the world to experience all things football. With famous clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Celtic, Rangers and others, those fond of the sport have a plethora of sights to see.

There are boundless memorable experiences that you could create as a student in the UK – please contact one of the Across The Pond Advisors today to learn more!

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