Top 5 Questions ATP Advisors Get From American Students Moving To London
When moving to a big city like London, students want to make sure their transition is as easy as possible.
They ask plenty of questions about a lot of aspects of the city, ranging from how expensive it is to live there to what the weather will be like. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions!
How expensive is it to live and study in London?
London is going to be the most expensive city in which to study and live in the UK, but exact costs are going to depend on which university you decide to study, as well as your own personal living style. If you have more expensive tastes, like if you eat out at fancy restaurants more often than cooking for yourself, etc. this will increase the cost of living.
Deciding to live in private accommodation compared to university accommodation can also boost living costs. For an average cost of living, you can visit this website.
How easy is it to get around?
London has a great public transportation system in place. There is the option of the London Underground, buses, and trains, all of which can be accessed with an Oyster Card. An Oyster Card can be prepaid weekly or pay as you go, and students get 30% off their fare.
There is an app available for the Underground, or “Tube”, so students are able to access maps easily from their phones. Buses are also are much cheaper to use than the Tube, so you could save a lot by getting a bus only pass.
Also, for those who enjoy getting out and about, walking is a great way to get around Central London, plus it’s completely free. The TFL website has more information regarding bus, train, and Tube travel, so you can plan ahead of time.
How far is [blank] university from the city?
Across the Pond’s partner universities that are in London include Queen Mary University of London, City University, and King’s College London.
While Across the Pond considers University of Roehampton, Royal Holloway University of London, Brunel University, Middlesex University, and Kingston University as London universities, they are not quite in the city, so if you are considering these schools, do be prepared to have to travel a little if you want to visit London’s city center.
- University of Roehampton lies in southwest London, near the River Thames, and close to Hammersmith and Putney -- only 30 minutes from central London by train or bus/Tube.
- Royal Holloway resides in the beautiful and quaint town of Egham and is 40 minutes by train outside of London.
- Brunel University is based in Uxbridge and sits on both Tube and bus stops, taking you to London in under 40 minutes.
- Middlesex University sits on the Northern Line, a half an hour outside of the city.
- Kingston University is located in the aptly named Kingston upon Thames, 30 minutes away from the city, with bus service available to take you into town when you are feeling the need.
How easy is it to get to... (insert city here)?
Whether you are traveling around the UK, around Europe, or are going back home for a visit, London has many transportation depots to help you with your travels. The UK has an amazing rail system that connects to Europe via the Euro tunnel.
You can travel all over the UK and Europe easily by train, or hop on a plane, if you prefer to fly! London has five airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and City. The best advice here is to plan in advance and decide how you want to travel, so you can have a set strategy before you leave!
What will the weather be like?
This is a great question, as the UK can carry a bad rap in regards to weather. You should prepare for some rainy days ahead and will want to plan to pack in layers, so you can adjust to the temperature differences. However, the UK is mostly temperate and you won’t experience as many harsh weather changes most parts of the US.
While it may be a bit rainy, the weather is mild for the most part. You’ll be able to buy rain gear once you arrive, but pack a small umbrella, just in case! Don’t fret, since London is in the southern part of the country, you aren’t going to be experiencing the infamous grayness of Scottish weather; London does have warm and sunny days and boy, are they spectacular!
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