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Life In London

January arrivals - Settling into London life

By bzellie 05 Jan 2020

Welcome to London!

This is the start of your new adventure in London and we've got a few tips to help you settle into London life as smoothly as possible.

1. Explore the local area
It's better to get your bearings as soon as possible so that you know where everything is. Knowing where your nearest supermarket will come in handy when you've forgotten the all-important ingredient to your dinner.

2. Attend as many student events as possible
It may seem daunting that you have come to university 3 months after most but there's no need to worry, there will be lots of student events to get involved with. Attending these events will make it easier to meet new people and break the ice.

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3. Familiarise yourself with the transport
If you've never lived in London then the transport can seem confusing, but trust us once you get used to it it will be like second nature. City Mapper is a great app to have on your phone, it will tell you each route to get from one location to the other.

4. Sign up to an NUS card
One of the best things about being a student (and something that you will definitely miss once you graduate) is the student discount. Make sure you sign up to an NUS card, this will give you a discount in hundreds of shops, not to mention the savings you'll make.

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5. Budget your loan
London tends to be a lot more expensive compared to other cities in the UK, however that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself, you just have to be clever with your money. Working out how much money you have coming in and out of your bank will help you know how much you have to enjoy yourself with.

6. Make your room feel like home
Whether you're an international student or have just moved a few miles away, it's important to make your room feel like home. This is your space and you want to be able to come and relax in it after a long day at uni. Putting pictures up of friends and family and adding some cushions and fairy lights will instantly make your room look better.

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