Small town to big city: a guide for new students in London

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Small town to big city: a guide for new students in London

Moving to London is undoubtedly an exciting time for any student. After all, as well as being packed with great universities it just happens to be one of the most entertaining cities in the world, and it’s going to be your home for at least the next three years.

Of course, for those students who have spent most of their life living in a small town or village, it can be quite a daunting prospect. To help you out, Pure Student Living presents this guide to dealing with your initial fears and settling into London life.

Missing home

Homesickness can be an issue for some new students. Even if you’re enjoying London, it’s only natural that you will also be missing the familiarity of home.

The important thing to remember here is that you are probably not alone in feeling this way, with many of your fellow students experiencing similar feelings. Getting out and about with your new friends and enjoying London and sharing these new experiences is likely to help everybody.

There are also plenty of ways you can keep in touch with family back home and involve them in your new adventure. You could take your parents on a Skype tour of your new room, or set up an Instagram account to document your London life.

Looking after your money

Pretty much the first thing many people will say when you mention London is how expensive it is. There’s no point pretending that this isn’t the case, but there are certainly things you can do in order to look after those precious pennies.

Spending some time in your first week to see which places will offer you the best value when it comes to buying food will stand you in good stead for the rest of the year. Additionally, by staying in Pure Student Living accommodation you’ll have all your utility and internet bills taken care of as part of your rent, giving you one less thing to worry about during the year.

London is full of free events and attractions too, such as the many iconic museums. You also won’t have to spend any money to enjoy the city’s many parks, while there are travel discounts available for students. Websites such as Groupon and Studentbeans offer great deals for students as well, so with a little bit of forward planning you can always find new and interesting ways to enjoy London without breaking the bank.

The pace of London life

It may be a bit of a cliché, but many people worry that the friendly, local atmosphere that they enjoy back home simply won’t be there in London. Locals are notorious for their impatience with anyone moving slower than them, and the popular perception is that saying hello to people you pass in the street is not the done thing in the capital.

This may be one of the most difficult things to get used to at first, but once you get over the fact that it’s nothing personal you’ll soon find yourself not even noticing. Of course, it’s also a myth that everyone in London is grumpy, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to put that sunny disposition to good use.

London is a big place

The sheer size of London can be enough to intimidate many new arrivals, particularly those from a small, close-knit community. However, what you are likely to discover is that you will create your own little village-like atmosphere in and around your accommodation. Before you know it, you will have a favourite bar, café and supermarket, while it won’t take long to get to know your fellow residents.

When you do have to venture out to lectures, it will not take long to familiarise yourself with the best route, and by investing in a student Oyster card you can enjoy travel discounts of up to 30%. The more you get out and about, the quicker you will get used to your surroundings.

Don’t forget about accommodation

We’re sure many of you are enjoying the summer and eagerly anticipating the start of your new London adventure. Hopefully we have been able to prepare you just a little for what lies ahead, but it’s important to look after the practical side of things before you arrive too.

Have a look at our accommodation options across London and give yourself the perfect base from which to enjoy your studies.