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How to spend your first student days in London

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in Edu

Moving to college means for most teenagers independence. Leaving your parents’ home and waking up all alone in a big city may be quite exciting, but once you actually see yourself there it will also become a bit scary. The first days in particular are very challenging, since you experience something completely new: new place, new friends, new city and so on. However, the good news is that if you are choosing a large city, such as London, you will never run out of things to do. The capital of Great Britain has something to offer to absolutely everybody, so rest assured you will find plenty of activities to fill your spare time with. This will make you forget about feeling home sick and boost your level of confidence. So once you get installed in your student accommodation London, here is what you can and should do, in order to ease your stay in the first days.

Learn the survival basics

This may sound a bit odd, but you will see that as soon as you step in a new city, not as a tourist but as someone who will live there for an indefinite period of time, you are completely out of your comfort zone. For this reason, you need to learn how to get along and locate strategic places. For instance, you must find out where the closest grocery store is, as well as malls or supermarkets. This may seem stupid and weird, but is actually something very natural – you are on your own, so you will have to do your own shopping. In addition to this, you have to find out details about public transportation. Although you may live inside the campus, you still need to go from one place to another, so this information is extremely valuable. Ask where you can pay bills, where the cinema is, which is the most convenient mobile network and so on. These are useful details


Wander around

If you want to make yourself at home as soon as possible, what you should do is wander around London and get to know its secrets. Play tourist for a couple of days or for as long as you need to get used to the city. The good thing about choosing a great university city, especially one like London, is that it is customary to receive tourists and foreigners. For this reason, everything is quite friendly and easy to understand, including the tube map (that is how the London metro is called), museums and attractions.


Make friends – socialise

In the first days, you principal activity will probably be skyping with your family and friends. This is something normal, especially since there are no friends you can hang out with in your new city, but it is not recommended. Instead, try to find out groups and organisations that share the same passions as you do, because being part of something greater than you will make you feel less lonely.