Equally, the idea of living in London was an exciting one. I’ve had to adapt to a completely different way of life during my time in London, more so than my friends studying in other places, but it has made me into a far more independent and astute person. The exposure to different cultures and backgrounds is also unparalleled and makes the London university experience unique.
I am a member of the French Society at King’s which organises many events such as film screenings and themed nights, and I also work as a student ambassador for the university. After graduating, I certainly want to put the French language skills I will have acquired through my studies (including a year in a French-speaking country) to good use, possibly through working as an interpreter.
The Strand campus is relatively small and provides a more intimate atmosphere than the other King’s campuses. It offers a range of places for students to socialise, such as Chapters café, the Waterfront bar and our famous club, Tutu’s. Its central location also ensures that it is extremely convenient for exploring the rest of London’s sites after lectures.
I was in Stamford Street halls in my first year. Living just by the South Bank and a 10 minute walk from Strand Campus was an invaluable asset and having everything so close by definitely helped me to settle into London life more easily!
There really is something for everyone in London. I’ve attended events at venues from The 02 Arena to the Emirates Stadium as well as having been in the audience for the Graham Norton show and seen Legally Blonde in the West End.
London as a major world city offers so many cultural opportunities, and you can certainly never be bored here! The career opportunities are also vast and it is a perfect place to seek out work experience and part-time work with both small businesses and world-renowned companies. On an international level, a degree from the University of London will also always be an asset.
Although it can appear daunting, finding a job doesn’t have to be too difficult as there are a lot of opportunities in London, and many students also find work through the student union. The King’s Career Service is also fantastic at offering advice about part-time work as well as internships and work experience.
Although it is undeniably a more expensive place to live in than other university towns and cities, students in London receive a greater maintenance loan from student finance and King’s runs a relatively generous bursary scheme. Your student card also comes in extremely useful for getting discounts in places such as high street stores and cinemas as well as many clubs on their student nights. Providing you budget carefully, living in London is extremely manageable.