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Experience in London, United Kingdom by Émilie

What is it like to live in London? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

It’s very soothing. You can sit by the Thames and read a book while drinking some jus or even go in the park and tan when the weather allows it. British are also very welcoming, helpful and for what I’ve seen polite. I for sure recommend it, but make sure you discuss with locals about the kind of places you wanna see so you don’t miss a thing.

What is the student lifestyle like in London?

Expensive haha but London is full of other students who can always share their tips with you and help you feel like home (huge international communities)

How much does it cost to live in London?

Hmm it really depends on your life style but I would say spending 100£ per week for food and urgent needs + maybe let’s say 650£ a month for a good bedroom in central London + 60£ per week for extra activities

Is it difficult to find accommodation in London? Is there any advice you can give?

Well accommodations, no, but cheap ones yes! What I can recommend is looking is your uni has students houses if not you can always find some by looking on the internet. Finding roommates it’s also a very good alternative. I know that’s some people also choose an “au pair” situation. Which basically means you live with locals and help them with the children and some tasks.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Uhh as à French I would say typical British is not so seasoned (salt haha!). But London is also a multicultural city, so you really can find any type of food there (Indian, Korean, French, Senegalese...).

What places would you recommend visiting in London?

Hmm Hyde park, the top of the Shard, Sky Garden, going around Buckingham palace, Primrose Hill

Is it good to eat out in London? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

Oh yeah yeah! There are plenty of restaurants. My favorite

Is the nightlife good in London? Where is good to go?

Hmm I couldn’t tell you, but I really liked Italian food haha

What advice would you give future students heading to London?

Make sure you have at least 2-3 close friends (from your hometown if you want) because living in a different country is sure very exciting and there are many great things that will happen to you but at some point you also miss home. And staying in your bedroom, being lazy or sad won’t fix anything. The secret medecine is to go in a park with good friends, eating a pizza with some juice and laughing a lot. Friends are always thee if you need to talk/ à shoulder to cry/ some comfort. Most of the time you are in the very same situation so you all make each other stronger

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