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London Guide For Students

London is a huge, vibrant and multi-cultural city with a population of 7.2million. There are universities situated throughout greater London and in the city-centre. Students situated in central London will definitely experience the buzz of city life! London has taken centre stage as a wildly fashionable and unconventional city. Newsweek dubbed it the "coolest city on the planet." With its art galleries, museums, theatres, and libraries, London has always been one of the great cultural centres of the world - but now it is making the news with its clubs, fashion, restaurants, shops, and people.

London boasts of an active and diverse nightlife, many central London clubs hold regular cheap student nights, e.g. Oceana, Tiger Tiger, Los Locos. Many student unions in London set up their own entertainment for students by students.

With a wide range of entertainment; theatres, comedy clubs, museums, exhibitions, markets, royal parks, world-renowned concert venues, stadiums, London has something for everyone. Eating out is never a problem, there are a wide range of restaurants representing the multi-cultural flavour of London.

By choosing to study and live in the largest city in Western Europe students can benefit from a number of advantages. Aside from the vast range of social and entertainment facilities on offer, London plays a major part in their academic life as well. London has the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies in Europe, where, for example, history students may well find themselves looking at primary-source material as part of their studies.

London's public transport service makes the whole of greater London accessible to a student. The underground system is user-friendly, all you need to do is pick up a tube map! Big tip, get an oyster card. Oyster cards are an electronic form of payment that make travelling in London cheaper, they can get you 30% off on weekly and monthly travel tickets.

In many respects London need be no more expensive than any other university town or city and London students have the advantage of there being more part time work available, employers know students make good part-time employees, being intelligent, flexible and quick to learn. With a little money to spend you have the pick of theatre, cinema, opera, ballet, music, sport and night life. Lots of things in London are free of charge. Visit an art gallery, go for a stroll in one of the Royal Parks, take in the sights or window shop. You can use a student card to qualify for cheaper tickets for shows and exhibitions, or go to a film on a cheap night.

As well as taking in the free exhibitions on display at the various museums and galleries throughout London you may like to engage in other free activities; for instance why not become an audience member for your favourite TV show? Many of the major TV networks have studios based in London and invite the general public to participate in TV show recordings as audience members for free.

Or you can visit one of London's many markets; here are just two.

Brick Lane Market and the Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane Market offers an interesting mix of fruit and vegetables, clothes and household goods.
On Sundays, there is also a market in the nearby Old Truman Brewery where designers sell everything from fashion to jewellery and art direct to the public.
Open: Sundays from 8am to 3pm

Petticoat Lane Market
Petticoat Lane occupies the streets and lanes around Middlesex Street, in the City.
It is renowned for clothing and leather goods and holds over 1,000 stalls on Sundays. You can buy fashion clothes, CDs, books and artwork and there are many shops and cafes in the roads around the market.
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and on Sundays from 9am to 3pm

Some universities in London give students the option to live in halls in their first year; this gives students a chance to settle into their new lives and find a firm footing in the big city, but most students live-out at some point.. There is a variety of student accommodation, a multitude of estate agents to assist you, and most students share to split costs, average rent is £100/week. All living expenses can be seriously cut down by sensible budgeting; student maintenance loans and grants are there to help.

Above all, when it comes to entering the careers market on graduating, London graduates start with a real advantage with so many of the country's major employers in the worlds of finance, business, media and communications on their doorstep.

Various websites, studentbeans.com, Martin's money tips, Orange Wednesdays, offer excellent student discounts, making entertainment and dining in London well within the student budget.

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