Studying abroad is a great way to adapt to a new lifestyle. AIFS student Isabella shares her top tips and tricks for living the London student life!
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Bring your Student Card with you Everywhere
I’m going to be completely honest and say that I have never spent much time around universities before coming here. So I don’t know if this tip also applies everywhere, but the great thing about studying in London is that most stores, restaurants, and tourist attractions will give you anywhere from 10%-20% off your purchase with your student card.
Ask for a Student Discount
By this point I’m sure you can tell- I enjoy a good bargain! As previously mentioned, a good amount of places in London will offer student discounts, however they don’t always advertise it. I have found that if a business don’t have it obviously advertised, it doesn’t hurt to ask. This can seem stressful, but the discount is always worth it.
Bring your Reusable Cups/Bags
Would you look at that, another chance to get a discount! Most London coffee shops will give you a discount for bringing in a reusable cup, so that’s one discount. You may find that some stores charge you for plastic bags, so bringing your own reusable bag gets you a discount there as well. Plus, you are saving the planet at the same time, so it’s a win all around.
Learn to do Things Alone
Finally, I know this is a bit of a weird one, but I think it’s important. London truly offers something for all but as everyone is so busy it might be hard to find someone to do activities with. Doing things alone seems scary, however being independent in a big city is very liberating. I’ve learnt to navigate public transport, improvise when Google Maps fails and by simply walking around my neighborhood in my free time. I feel like I’ve matured a lot in the month I’ve been in London.
People might think that doing things alone will make them look like a loner and will be judged. However, I’ve discovered that Londoners tend to keep to themselves so don’t notice what anyone else is doing. They usually don’t bat an eyelid at someone going to the movies or out to a meal by themselves. If you can’t get someone to do something with you on a Sunday afternoon, just go out there and do it by yourself. It will be worth it in the end!
That’s all from me for now. Until next time!
Isabella Selvitella is a student from the College of San Mateo, studying abroad in London, England through an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program. Isabella has a passion for writing and travelling and is excited to explore both of these while in London this Fall. Keep checking back for future blogs posts here.