London is a major hub for education, business, art, music, theatres, and much more.
Each year, London offers more than 30,000 internationally recognised courses for over 90,000 international students. This is more than any other city in the world!
The diversity of colleges, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions provides unrivalled opportunities for students.
If students are travelling from overseas to study in London, we recommend reading the following information before travelling to the UK.
|Where to Stay in London?|
There is plenty of accommodation available in and around London, with many different price ranges and levels of comfort on offer. Students should be able to find something that is suitable as well as affordable. We advise checking all accommodation details thoroughly before making any decisions. Below are examples of important things to consider before making any big decisions:
- Who is in charge of the accommodation, who’s the landlord/landlady?
- With whom is the agreement being made?
- Does the room include meals?
- What facilities are available? TV? Fridge? Washing machine? Crockery?
- Find out if the bills are included within the cost of rent
- Find out if there are any additional costs on top
- Find out how easy it will be to travel from your accommodation to the college
Student hostels are a safe and reliable option. They usually provide meals in the morning and evening, 7 days a week, as well as fully independent rooms with their own bath and toilet, TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as gym and fitness facilities in some cases.
Prices can vary dependent on the location of your chosen accommodation, but you can opt for a single room if you wish to live alone, or for a double or twin room for those looking to split costs and share with fellow students or friends.
Please note: When booking a room, students may have to pay a number of weeks’ rent in advance.
UKCBC does not have its own halls of residence. However, we can assist students in obtaining adequate housing close to the college. We can help students to find the right type of accommodation and liaise with landlords on their behalf, if requested. There is no registration fee for this service, which is provided free of charge and we recommend notifying the college as soon as you are aware of your travel dates, so that the rental period can be arranged to coincide with your arrival in the UK.
Students can request an airport pickup by providing flight information to the college, prior of their arrival in the UK. A booking fee will apply (to cover the costs of transfer from the airport).
International students from certain countries who will be in the UK for more than 6 months are required to register with the police within 7 days of their arrival in the UK. This is done at Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) in London where all international students’ details are recorded. It is a simple process and college staff will provide clear instructions to assist new students. If students are required to register with the police, this will be written on the UK visa (visa sticker) or on the Biometric Residence Permit.
The most common services provided by the NHS in England are carried out through emergency and urgent care, general practitioners (GPs) and dental services. Students are encouraged to register with a doctor and dentist as soon as they arrive, so that if medical attention is ever needed it can be provided more easily. The college sources the details of all practitioners in the surrounding area for students and makes them readily available. Information and advice is also provided on other medical services available in the UK, such as hospitals, clinics and private health care institutions.
|London on a Budget
Travel for London offers substantial discounts for students. A monthly student travel card currently costs 30% less than an adult travel card. There are many other discounts to be taken advantage of as a student too. Especially on large expenditures like council tax which is free for full-time students.
London is famous for its fashion. Students can visit designer stores in Kensington and the West End, or can head to one of the famous London markets, such as Camden or Spitalfields. These markets sell new and second-hand clothes, arts, crafts, ethnic knick-knacks, jewellery, bric-a-brac, furniture, designer clothes, army surplus gear, records, retro clothing and much more. Westfield in Stratford, which is very close to UKCBC main campus, is one of the newest and biggest attractions for shopping. Opened just before the Olympics 2012, there are plenty of shops to visit here, as well as restaurants and a cinema.
Eating out in London is an exciting experience. As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, London has a huge variety of food and cuisines on offer, from Thai to Indian and African to Korean. It also suits most wallets! London has a large student population and restaurants offer student discounts, providing tasty but affordable food for every level of income.
The public transport system in London is among the best in the world. The underground, or ‘tube’, services most parts of the city. The rail services and bus routes are also excellent ways to get around. Most tube lines run until just after midnight and start again after 5am. The buses run at similar times, but also run a reduced night-time service. A one-day travel card that allows you unlimited travel on buses, overground trains and underground trains for one day will cost approximately £12.00.
So facilities, as well as the prices, will be very similar to student hostels. These are also safe and reliable, but note that these hostels are not designed especially for students.
Also be aware that this type of accommodation does not provide meals and so you will have to make other meal arrangements. Do bear in mind that the cost of your room will not include food or other additional factors, such as gym facilities, so you will need to consider such additions to your budget.
|Bed & Breakfast
These are mainly small, family run businesses. Usually very affordable, and prices are commonly around £25 per person, per night including a simple breakfast. Rooms often come with a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, ironing facilities, and clothes washing facilities.
|Places to Visit
For Cultural Trips:
Beginning with The London Eye, The National Gallery and Tower of London, there are plenty of tourist attractions in London. The world-famous British Museum, Natural History Museum, the EDF Energy London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace are just some of the many fantastic attractions to try whilst studying in London.
For Music Lovers:
There are thousands of concert halls, museums, restaurants, and cinemas for you to visit. Absorb the buzz of London city life and watch world famous bands and DJ’s perform in London on a nightly basis. With areas like Camden and Hoxton boasting an influential and vibrant youth culture, there is definitely no shortage of things to do on a Friday night!
For Sports Fanatics:
Sports enthusiasts will also be spoilt for choice. Cricket lovers will be drawn to the iconic Lord’s cricket ground, while rugby fans will definitely enjoy a trip to Twickenham. A number of premiership football teams play in the capital, and the monumental new 90,000-capacity Wembley stadium, in north London, will take your breath away. There are also plenty of opportunities to play sports in and around the city.