You’ve done it! You’ve secured your place at university, and now you’re beginning to make plans to do one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking things you’ve ever done…move to London.
We know just how much of a challenging time this can be, that’s why we’ve put together our top tips on how to make your move to London as stress-free as possible.
Best areas for students to live in London
Are you looking for the best nightlife, the best shopping, the nicest parks? Whatever your preferences, there’s an area that’s right for you, but it takes a bit of time to figure, out so start your research early:
- North London – with a wonderfully diverse mix of cultures and delicious food, Camden and Finsbury Park can be pricey but are a great option for those looking for a lively atmosphere.
- South London – With a vibrant nightlife and very affordable rent, South London is a perfect all-round choice. It can be very competitive so secure your accommodation as soon as possible.
- East London – If you’re looking for a great range of affordable accommodation, with transport links to get you into the centre of London in just 10 minutes depending on your location, East London has plenty to offer.
- West London – the place for shopaholics, West London gives you close access to Westfield Shopping Centre and excellent transport links for a quick trip into the city centre.
Get a self-storage unit
Once you’ve chosen where you want to live, it’s time to move your belongings. In all the excitement of moving to a big city, it’s often easy to forget just how much stuff we have to bring with us, and often we can overpack.
Our CitySpace student storage units are ideal – whether you just need to store some extra electricals or a few books that you don’t have the shelf space for, or whether you have an entire set of bedroom furniture to keep safe and secure, our range of room sizes means we have the perfect solution for your storage needs.
London cost of living for students
Depending on how busy your social life is, London life can get quite pricey. Typically, your rent will take up a decent chunk of your cash, but if you’re sensible about expenses such as eating out, meal plan and take advantage of your student loan, you can stretch your cash further.
Transport for London Students
As a student – public transport in London is your best friend. Make sure to take advantage of your 30% student discount with the Oyster card programme and familiarise yourself with local transport links.
Tips for foreign students moving to London
- Check in advance which visa you require, and make sure you complete it in plenty of time before you move to London.
- Open a UK bank account for easy control and management of your funds.
- Look into your university’s international student societies or welcome groups so you have a point of contact when you arrive.
- Set up some student storage to safely store any additional items you travel with that don’t fit in your accommodation.
CitySpace self-storage facilities are centrally located in London for quick, convenient access to your possessions, with state-of-the-art security and controlled access, giving you additional peace of mind. Contact us today and speak to one of our friendly, expert staff – we’re on hand and happy to help.