Planning Your Stay Before You Study In London

Just take a few easy steps to prepare yourself and you will be right at home when you study in London. When you leave home there are a number of emotional issues you will be going through and in London there are enough international groups that can support and help students cope. Below is a number of important tips on preparing for London.

Visa Issues

Visa regulations are pretty complex, so make sure you understand them before you start the process. The UK Border and Immigration Agency (UKBA), UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and British Council are great sources of information to get you on the right track.

Before You Fly…

Google your college address even before you leave home and never attempt to enter London at first without a map. You should not ignore the internet as a source of information as many people share their experiences on blogs and the information can benefit you. Colleges and schools with social bookmark pages like Facebook help students understand what they should expect when arriving in London… be sure to ask if there is one.

Find Your Way in London

The 6 zones on the London underground or “tube” is priced accrording to how far you travel on the network. Zone 1 is “the City” and 6 are more towards the suburbs. Students get an amazing 30% discount on most public transport in London! Your student card is the key to getting these discounts on almost any duration ticket you buy. The TFL (Transport for London) administers this system and your college should point you to them.

Railcards for Students

Apply for this card if you are between the ages of 16-25 and you are able to travel all over the UK at discounted prices. A 1 year card is available at most railway stations at a small cost. Check it out at .

Where to Live?

Students have more than enough options to choose from when it comes to accommodation in London. Accommodation and schools are almost synonymous and students will always find something that suits their needs.

Important Health and Safety Pointers

If you are on a 12 month or longer course you will have access to the NHS (National Health Services). Apart from dental treatment almost all other medical treatment is for free while you study in London. You should register with the NHS and your college will help with this process.

Jobs in London

Under certain conditions students are able to work while they study in London. The rules around student working hours are regulated by the UKBA and you should confirm the latest regulation before you start working. With so many international companies operating in London there are many job opportunities available. Start your search for a job on the internet. Free newspapers like the Standard and Metro should be the second place to look for work.

Money Matters for Students

Try opening a bank account before you leave your home country as many international banks can open accounts for students. Most banks in London are student friendly and students can open up a bank account having your passport at hand. There are so many banks to choose from and you have to make sure you select the right one for you.

Phone Home

Any sensible student will have a mobile phone when in London. You should be able to find any mobile package you want as there are almost too many options to choose from in London. Pay-as-you-go (pre-paid) sim card with cheap international rates are available everywhere and likely the best option. Making sure you choose the right call plan for you is important as it can save you a lot of money.

And Next?

Choosing the right school for you is an important step. There is no short supply of information when you look into this because there are so many guides that can help you understand the different aspects. Get as much information as possible and take your time making the decision. You can check out some of the schools by joining a summer session during the European summer. Now you are ready to take on London!

If you want to study in London then The London School of Business and Management may be the ideal private college for you. Apply to study in London now! Visit to find out more.

Published By: Dr Rosemary Skordoulis

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