Studying Abroad in London!

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    Apr 14, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    Hey guys!

    I was lucky enough to score an internship in London while at the same time accomplish some studying abroad this summer! However I'm a total noob when it comes to anything across the Pond. icon_mad.gif

    At the moment, the University is allowing me to choose a Home-stay or have an apartment to myself for accommodations. What do you guys recommend?

    What should I be expecting as well as some do's and don't?
    Woot, I'm so excited! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif




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    May 03, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Congratulations! Which school is this at?

    The benefit of home-stay is that you get to know a British family. Then again, it really depends on the family. I used to stay with a Hungarian lady in London, and there were so many restrictions placed on me.

    On the other hand, an apartment could be boring if you don't know anyone, and return to it at the end of the day.

    Enjoy yourself hanging out at the pubs, whether with your schoolmates, or Old Compton Street, etc.

    Miss my days as a grad student in London...
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    May 03, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    Apartment to yourself - you don't need help with the language and it will be easier to bring a new friend back.

    London is a great place to have an internship. In case you didn't know, all the museums and art galleries are FREE! So there is a lot to do in your spare time even if you are on a tight budget.
  • Android17

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    May 03, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Apartment obviously, it's going to be hard at the beginning but, you're gonna meet people, dates, and stuff.
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    May 03, 2013 3:31 PM GMT
    Get your own pad over here gives you more freedom, your going to love London i have a few yank mates and they all fell in love with it.

    So welcome to the greatest city on earth mate.

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  • owen19832006

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    May 03, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    a flat to yourself (though it will cost a fortune! london is bloody expensive)
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    May 03, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
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  • The_Guruburu

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    May 04, 2013 10:40 AM GMT
    I'd also recommend an apartment for the reasons others have stated.

    Oh, and have fun with the currency conversion! My pockets are still hurting from my study/internship abroad last summer. It was during the Olympics, though, so everything was marked up. Make sure you get an Oyster card for transportation‚ÄĒcheck with your school to see if you can get a discounted student card.
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    May 04, 2013 11:49 AM GMT
    Definitely the flat. Otherwise, you'll most likely end up with the dysfunctional family from hell...rooting through your personals while you're out, trying to fix you up with their 16-year-old pregnant daughter, having drunken rows at all hours....icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Dan89

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    May 14, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    Hey,

    It depends on your budget... I guess u probably mean a studio flat by flat? I could never live in a studio flat in central London. You need a variety of spaces...my suggestion would be rather to share a house with other students or a flat is much more fun! You still have your room for things you might not wanna share with the rest of your housemates.

    I can suggest some areas depending on your taste... For a first time to London, there is a lovely block of "luxury flats" in Whitfield street ( 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to soho ). Two years ago, when I stayed there the rent was £600 a week ( so if u share it would be 300 ). The location is amazing and the flats are all brand new...

    By the way, u'r really cute: I can't resist Asian... icon_biggrin.gif

    Dan
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    May 14, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    Def your own fat. Word of advice, don't stick in the centre. London has a lot to offer if you explore a bit! So many visitors think Zone 1 is the be all and end all....

    Also, get out of London and explore the country. London's not representative of the UK!
  • FitGwynedd

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    May 14, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    London is rough as fuck so bring brass knucks or something
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    May 14, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidLondon is rough as fuck so bring brass knucks or something


    Like any mega city, some of it is rough and some of it definitely is not.
  • Dan89

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    May 14, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    yep,
    I agree with the posts. Central Londo is overrated and overpriced but if you are staying for a short time and want to make the most of it you will save lots on cabs by living in central London... You would not want to pay for a cab to take you far out and night buses are few and cold!
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  • Tankman

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    May 14, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
    Not sure when 'FitGwynedd' went to but London on the whole is far from rough so leave the 'brass knucks' (not sure what they are) at home. A brolly on the other hand would, however, be a splendid idea.

    In terms of where to stay... With a family is a bit of a gamble - a flat/house share with other students possibly less so and cheaper than a place of your own!

    Like gayinterest said make sure you get out of zone one. London has 33 boroughs, each with its own character. And while an oyster card is essential - don't just travel by tube. You can miss so much travelling underground - take in the sights on a double decker, or better still on a 'Boris bike' or by boat on the Thames.

    Oh... and if you are underground make sure you stand on the right and walk on the left when travelling on the escalators!!

    Have fun - it really is a fantastic and vibrant city!
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    May 15, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    outofthegrey saidCongratulations! Which school is this at?
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  • O5vx

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    May 15, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    Congratulations. I have always wanted to go to London. About 12 years ago, I met a really awesome English guy who came to visit my country and he was assigned to our house mainly because they knew we could take good care of him. He told me amazing stories about London and ever since then I have always wanted to go there. His name is mark, but I don't know his last name.
  • Gunner17

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    May 16, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    Is there no option for dorms? because I would strongly suggest that, having studied abroad last year.

    But having an apartment in London is ridiculously expense, and even living in a shitty studio in a crappy area is extortionate, so living with a family may be your best bet in terms of money.
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    May 16, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    Gunner17 saidIs there no option for dorms? because I would strongly suggest that, having studied abroad last year.

    But having an apartment in London is ridiculously expense, and even living in a shitty studio in a crappy area is extortionate, so living with a family may be your best bet in terms of money.


    I said apartment before assuming they were paying for it? If not then some sort of shared accommodation (family/dorm/flatshare) is better.
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    May 17, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    Yeah, if you're paying for accom, think again if you think you could afford your own place!

    flatshare: easyroommate.com
    or if you wanna share with other poofs: freedomlet.com