Tips for Studying Abroad in London

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Tips by Sally

TIPS FOR STUDYING IN LONDON

1) CLASSES AREN’T SO EASY

Academics are pretty rigorous in London, especially if you’re taking economics or politics courses. I hear the creative writing class also has an incredibly heavy workload. Be sure to stay on top of your assignments and readings or else you’ll be struggling during finals week (me, currently). Traveling is great, but not at the expense of your EXPENSIVE EDUCATION! REMEMBER: Work hard, play hard.

2) PROFESSORS ARE SASSY, DON’T BE OFFENDED.

At least in my experience, they’ve been. I think it’s the british humor that doesn’t translate well when you first arrive, but you’ll get used to it. I know during the orientation seminars, a lot of people were offended by the speakers BUT I don’t think the speakers intended to be rude. There’s just a different understanding of humor here.

3) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NYU ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES

Whether it’s going to a Les Miserable show, or going to the Harry Potter studios, be sure to sign up for as many activities and trips as possible, as soon as possible because they’re FREE and they fill up FAST! The Harry Potter Studio Tour was full in 1 minute. I was fortunate enough to get a spot… but didn’t end up going, which brings me to another point – you can always skip out if you plan a trip after signing up. Don’t worry about the commitment.

4) GET A GYM MEMBERSHIP NEAR THE DORMS

One of my biggest regrets is signing up for a gym at the University of London. Not only is it a small space ALWAYS packed, it’s a pretty far walk. Its time consuming walking to the gym, walking back, then walking to class. Also, having a gym so far deters me from wanting to work out. Maybe this tip is only applicable for me, but I really recommend getting a gym membership nearby like Fitness First or Nuffield.

5) UBER IS EVERYTHING

First of all, cabs usually don’t take cards. Secondly, they’re ridiculously overpriced. I really recommend you download the UBER app, if you haven’t already, and use it whenever you need a cab. It’s super convenient and cost-efficient. They have UBER all over Europe, so don’t waste money on cabs from the airport and use UBER. Our cab ride from the airport to our place in Brussels was 60 euros compared to our UBER ride back to the airport that was only 15 euros.

6) GET INVOLVED

The London abroad site is really unique in that we partner with University of London. Use their resources and get involved. Go to the club fair early on in the semester and sign up for clubs you might be interested in. My flatmate joined a business club and loves it. This is an easy way to meet other students in London.

7) ENJOY LONDON

Go out and explore the city. Don’t waste your Fridays recovering from the night before in your bed. Drink some Vitamin Water, get up and go to the Tate Modern or try curry on Bricklane. Go to their amazing markets. I know my flatemates and I have spent too many days at home doing nothing but rotting. Instead of watching Netflix, I wish I spent more outside in London. Now that I’m leaving in 12 days, I can’t help but feel regretful of my lazy choices.

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