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Student experiences

Our latest film captures a small part of the experience of studying abroad at King's.

Excellence Scholarship Winners

Why not take a look at what our Excellence Scholarship winners thought about their time studying abroad at King's College London? Julia and friends

One of our Excellence Scholarship winners, Julia joined the King's Ukulele Society and made some great friends! Read about her experiences along with many other Study Abroad students!

What our students say about... accommodation

By living alongside local English students as well as other international students from every corner of the globe, you will get to experience university just like an English student.'

David Gelosomino
George Washington University

Champion Hill

William Wright, Emory University

'The Champion Hill residences are new construction, and so many of the facilities are new and relatively clean. While it is not really comparable to Central London, Denmark Hill is perfectly habitable, as there are restaurants, stores and a large Sainsbury's within walking distance. One thing to consider when giving preference to the Champion Hill residences is that the commute to campus can be long, up to 40 minutes or sometimes an hour on certain mornings. Again, this problem is negligible if one plans for this commute in advance.

I enjoy most of all having a single room, though I understand that this is a common feature in most UK universities. Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the Champion Hill residences are new with good amenities and facilities, which is why I gave these particular residences top preference when selecting a residence.'

Private accommodation

Norbert Hass, Humboldt University Berlin

'I live together with my partner in a private apartment near Waterloo Station. My room and facilities in the apartment provide me with everything I need. Although my room is not extremely spacious, it offers enough room to accommodate all of my belongings in a convenient way. Besides, I have got enough room to study in my apartment and to prepare my meals. According to the other facilities I also have got no reason to complain. To give some examples: the bathroom contains a combination of a bath tub and shower (they provide a good comfort), in the floor there is a washing machine with an integrated dryer and in my room I have got a fridge which offers enough space for the groceries of 2 persons).

The location around my apartment is really nice. It is very close to the city centre and Waterloo station. In the street many small shops, cafeterias and bars can be found and also a park to relax. Last but not least, it is only a ten minute walk from my apartment to the Imperial War Museum.

The best thing is that I can walk to Strand Campus. This saves me a lot of money and time. Instead of being in the need to take the tube or bus each day, I simply have to cross Waterloo Bridge and then I'm already there. This puts me in a very comfortable position and takes a lot of stress away from me (I don't have to be worried that I will miss my bus or train and that I might be late). This is definitely something, I enjoy to the greatest extend.'

Jennifer Stehr, Bielefeld University

'I live in a private accomodation near Greenwhich. It is in Zone 3 and the nearest station to my house is Westcombe Park in zone 3. It is a bit farther outside, but I really enjoy living here. I'm living in a very nice neighbourhood surrounded by lots of houses and it is only about a ten minute walk away from beautiful Greenwhich Park. It is rather quiet here which I really like because London is so busy that it is nice to be in a quiet area when I go home. I live in an old Victorian house together with the landlady who is in her seventies. We get along really well and enjoy long talks with a cup of English tea or sometimes we also watch TV in the evenings. There is another student (male, from England) and a professional (male, from South Africa) living in her house. So we have a really nice mixture of people here so that I have always someone to talk to.

My room is quite big for London housing conditions compared to the things I have heard from other students who live in a private accommodation. I have a bed, a desk, a cupboard and a chest of drawers in my room. I share a bathroom together with the other two lodgers but as we all head to work and university at different times, there is no problem with that in the morning. I am sharing things like the kitchen and the washing machine with the landlady and the other lodgers. The house I am living in is an old Victorian one which is quite big but which looks rather small from the outside. The neighbourhood is very quiet but I think this is lovely because it is really nice to enjoy quiet evenings after a day in busy London.

The best thing about my accommodation is that I am living with a British lady. We get along really well and it is so nice to talk to her and to get to know a lot about the English culture by talking to her. I even got to experience a real English tea party! When my boyfriend came to visit, my landlady invited three of her friends so that we had a real English afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, cake, biscuits and of course English tea. It is so lovely to talk to my landlady’s family and friends because I always get to know more about the English way of life. This is the thing I like most and I would not want to live anywhere else, even if it was closer to London. Sometimes I wish it would be nice to love close to the city centre, especially when I am going home at night it takes a while, but I would never trade the experiences I am making here for anything else. I can only encourage people to share a house with a real English family because it gives you the possibility to experience the English culture in a very special way.'        

Great Dover Street

Scott Huhn, University of Southern California

'I have a single room with a bathroom and shower. The rooms are a bit small by US standards but perfectly comfortable and practical for what we need. Great Dover Street Apartments is a 40 min walk or 25 min tube to Strand campus. At first this may seem daunting, but it is really easy to get around.

It is great having a single room you can crash in after a long day of work, travel, or leisure!'

Shan Song, Renmin University of China

'I live at Great Dover Street Apartments and found my place here through the university website.  As commuting costs can be quite high in London, I basically walk to campus every day which takes about 40 minutes.  I have the best roommate!  They are such adorable people. Actually I am going to spend my Easter and summer holiday with my roommate's family.  It's so nice that you can find life long friends in a foreign country.'

David Gelosomino,

'Most rooms at King's are singles, which is a welcome change for most US students.  I even had my own bathroom!  The bathroom and bedroom may be small, but they are more than adequate for a college student's needs.  I had plenty of room for storage, a mini fridge and a desk to do homework at.  There were seven rooms in my flat along with a large shared kitchen, which contained plenty more storage, a huge flat screen TV and two separate stoves and ovens which meant that that there was always space available.  The location was fantastic.  The tube was easily accessible, with two stations within a 10 minute walk.  Borough Market, one of the biggest markets in London, is right down the street, and if you have classes on the Strand campus, you can walk along to beautiful South Bank to get to class.  

I lived with a mix of study abroad students and full degree students from all over the world.  There are more full degree students than study abroad students and there is no guarantee that there will be other study abroad students in your flat.  This was one of my favourite aspects of the King's study abroad experience - it is a complete immersion.  By living alongside local English students as well as other international students from every corner of the globe, you will get to experience university just like an English student.  

There was also a lot of great programming organised by the staff at GDS.  Upon arrival to London, there was an initial week known as 'Fresher's week' with no classes to help orient new students to London and King's.  There are college-wide events, but also individual events put on by GDS such as tours of the local neighbourhood and a night out at a nearby bar on the first night.  There is also great support staff from the UK equivalent of an RA, who are called Senior Students.  

The best tip I can offer is to get to know your flatmates!  I found my best friends at King's right in my own flat and next door, which was great because I got to spend so much time with them. Make sure you don't spend your semester locked in your room!  With your own bedroom and bathroom it is easy to hide out in your room and spend hours laying in bed watching TV, but don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore such and incredible city and meet such wonderful people!'

Stamford Street apartments

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'I have a single room in a flat of eight residents total. We all share one kitchen, cleaning up after ourselves as we go. I appreciate having my own room, because at my home institution I have always had a roommate. The location is unbeatable. Living within walking distance from all the major London attractions, the Strand and Waterloo campuses, and the Waterloo station has made my stay in London such a unique experience.

The best think about my living situation is certainly the location. I cannot stress enough what an impact it has made on my time here. I can get almost anywhere in central London within 15 minutes walk or Tube ride, and it has really allowed me to experience the city to its fullest.'

Wendy(Jiawei) Lu, Duke University

'My room is ensuite which means I get my own bedroom and bathroom. I share kitchen with my 5 flatmates and we have a laundromat and gym downstairs for reasonable extra charges. The location is fantastic: I'm 5 minutes away from the London Eye, the London aquarium and London Dungeon. There are supermarkets, a park, restaurants and multiple ways of transport right outside my apartment.

I cook myself or with my friends half the time and eat out during the other half. I usually do daily shopping in Sainsbury's or M&S, but if I want to buy something especially for Chinese food I go to the supermarkets in Chinatown. Usually I enjoy cooking with others more than cooking by myself, since you can always make more dishes when there're more people eating.

It's really easy to get around in London with all those public transports. I usually walk if I'm trying to get around in Zone 1 since everything is pretty much within 15-20 minutes walking distance and I'll take the tube if I'm doing shopping. Buses are convenient at night and cheaper if you're travelling between different zones, but I still like the tube better in general (probably because there're usually more empty seats).

The best thing is definitely the location. Being able to walk through Waterloo bridge and see the highlights of London everyday is absolutely an enjoyment. It's also easy to get around living nearby Waterloo station. Also, the Southbank scenery is fantastic after dark.'

 

What our students say about... living in London 

Both the underground transport and bus system have wide-ranged and diversified routes that cover the whole of London.'

Lingbo Lu
Davidson College

Getting around

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'London is an extremely accessible city.  If you choose to walk to campus, which is possible from most King's halls, you'll walk by some of London's most famous and beautiful landmarks.  If walking isn't on the agenda, the tube is an excellent option.  The tube network is huge and, although overwhelming at first glance, is actually quite easy to navigate.  There are stops everywhere you could need them and the longest time between trains is about five minutes.  For late nights out in London, the night bus is the best way to get home.  As the name suggests, these buses run at times when the tube is closed, so you will always have an option of public transport no matter the time of day.  One important note: do your best to avoid black cabs!  The drivers are wonderful and incredibly knowledgeable about London and it is an extremely safe taxi service, but all of that comes at a price!  Black cabs are much more expensive than standard US cabs and with so many other options for transport, I never found them necessary except for my initial arrival and return trip to the airport at the end of the semester.'

Lingbo Lu, Davidson College

'Compared to the public transportation system in most of the big cities in USA (especially on the west coast), London's public transportation system is perfect! Both the underground transport and bus system have wide-ranged and diversified routes that cover the whole London.

Of course, since I live in the Stamford Street apartment and study in the Strand campus only, I have the advantage of living in central London--most of the famous places are within walking distance. Two weeks ago, when I just arrived London, I use tube a lot for very short rides--as from Waterloo to Charing Cross. Now I basically just walk to Charing Cross, or even Oxford Street, because it's a great way to do exercise and save money. The only thing I dislike about London's transport is that the tubes are pretty expensive for short rides--2.5 pounds for one or two stops? However, as I've mentioned, you can always choose to walk.'

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'Many different and confusing ways to go to one destination and I used Google Maps in order to find the best way to get to a certain destination. I realized soon, that Google Maps is probably not the best site in order to find the most convenient and fastest way to drive from A to B, as is sometimes took my more than an hour to get somewhere. Google Maps was showing me many routes with the bus, which am not taking any more. Once you try to understand the system here, it is very easy to get around in London. I always use the tubes (e.g. Central or Hammersmith & City line) in order to go somewhere in London. As I have the travel card for zone 1-2, I sometimes take the bus for a few station, when I get out of the zones (it is for free then!). You have to get used to the transport here! It is very hot and chaotic and busy but it is often faster than you would think to get somewhere, as you never have to wait longer than a few minutes in order to get the next tube.'

Jennifer Stehr, Bielefeld University

'I am living in zone 3 and so I usually take the train from Westcombe Park to London Bridge station. It is only a 13 minute train ride, so I am in the middle of the city very quickly. I can also take the bus to North Greenwhich station and change into the tube then, but I prefer taking the train because I think it's really nice that you are in central London within just a few minutes. The downside is, however, that it can get really crowded at London Bridge train station. On the tube, however, it is usually very crowded. Once I managed to squeeze myself into a train which was so full so that I even had to bend down when the doors were closing. I guess this is one thing you have to experience as a real Londoner!'

Food shopping

Scott Huhn, University Southern California

'I try to strike a balance between cooking meals for myself most days during the week and going out and exploring new restaurants on the weekends. Some of my best nights have surrounded cooking dinner with a group of friends or flatmates. I typically shop at either Marks and Spencer's or Whole Foods, both of which are easily accessible by public transit!'

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'I try to cook as many meals as I can in my community kitchen! Living in Stamford Street Apartments is extremely convenient because there is a Sainsbury's, Tescos, and M&S right around the corner. Using my kitchen has been a great way to meet my flatmates and I've really enjoyed learning new recipes.'

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'I lived in a self catered hall at King's (US translation - no meal plan!), but my flat had a huge shared kitchen and my individual room had a mini fridge, which made cooking most of my meals easy.  The large kitchens also made for a great community hangout space for our flat and it was always fun to go in around dinner time and see everyone cooking different meals.  Sometimes we would even organise big dinners together.  There are lots of options for grocery shopping in London.  I shopped at Sainsbury's simply because it was closest to my hall a five minute walk away.  If you are not from an urban environment in the US, and perhaps even if you are, you will notice that grocery stores in London are substantially smaller in size than those in the US.  However, I was still able to find everything I needed to provide for most of my meals for the week.  If you're a savvy shopper you should be able to get a week's worth of meals for less than £35.'

Jennifer Stehr, Bielefeld Univeristy

'What I am having to eat really depends on where I am. When I am at home, I usually cook something quick (as I am not a fan of cooking) or have cereals or toast. The nearest shops where I live are Marks&Spencer and Sainsbury’s which are both with walking distance (about 10 minutes). When I am at university, I sometimes eat in the restaurant at Waterloo Campus, but more often, I have some of the 3 Pound meal deals offered by Sainsbury’s/Tesco’s. It is a very nice way to have a quick bite to eat. And another plus: you are allowed to take your food into the library, as long as it is not hot and smelly. This is very new to me, but it is a good possibility to enjoy something nice to eat while you are studying. The best thing about English food in my opinion are the variety of chocolate and especially the biscuits! If you haven’t tried Crumpets with Nutella yet, you have definitely missed something (don’t forget the cup of English tea to go with it!).'

Being a Londoner

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'For me, the best part of living in this city is experiencing the centuries old traditions and historical sites. So much has happened here over the years, it has been eye-opening to experience everything from the Tower of London to Hyde Park. I also really enjoy all of the markets in the city. They are constantly evolving, just like the city of London itself!'

Scott Huhn, University of Southern California

'Being a Londoner requires being flexible, and learning how to eat on a budget! Weather will come in and out, and food will always be expensive. Find out a combination of eating out / cooking in that will suit your budget and stick to it! The best part about living in this city is being about to constantly explore new neighborhoods - including the huge number of gorgeous parks.'

Shan Song, Renmin University of China

'London is a bit overwhelming at first.  The walking pace of commuters who are dressed in suits and trainers can be such a culture shock.  But London is a city with such a long tradition of history and arts.  You can enjoy all kinds of theatre and museums and visit the London Eye, Big Ben and the Shard on your way to King's every day.  There is no reason to get bored in London.' 

Lingbo Lu, Davidson College

'I am totally satisfied with my dorm location--the Stamford Street Apartment. Just 3-minutes walking distance from Waterloo station, this apartment is not only close to the Strand campus, but also to most famous attractions along the Thames. Also, you can always take a tube to anywhere you want to go from the Waterloo station.  Another great place of living, to me, is anywhere within 15-minute walking distance to Hyde Park. I figured it's perfect to go for a morning run in Hyde Park. Of course, weekend cycling in Hyde Park is great as well.'

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'Although it is only temporarily, I love being a Londoner. You learn being very flexible! There is always something you can do in this city. You can always get surprised by music, art and other beautiful things in this city. The city has many things to offer, also with a smaller budget you can visit many places for free or with a nice student discount. I have never seen another city, which so open, friendly and multicultural like London! People are open-minded and respectful to every individual person and you recognize that it changes you after a while as well in a very positive way. People are very helpful. Wherever I was, there were always people showing me the correct way or talking to me. You do not always have to have a clear destination in mind, as walking through the city and discovering new areas is sometimes much more fun and exciting.'

 

What our students say about... studying

The main difference I have experienced is that at King's I am able to personalise my education more.'

Kendra Kumor
Boston College

Arts & Humanities

Luke Ross, Washington University St Louis

'The difference between the UK and US systems were laid out very clearly so there were fewer surprises on day one than I expected.

Two of my modules are lecture-based while the others have both a lecture and seminar component. Lecture sizes are smaller than at WashU but seminars are a little larger. Each week my instructors assign a certain amount of reading for the next class period but the assessments call on you to read more than the minimum requirements.

Each WashU course includes three or four major assignments while each of my King's modules centers around two papers or a single exam. There is also a less formal week-by-week homework structure, which forces each student to be diligent about keeping up with the readings. However, the paper word counts are significantly smaller at King's which does allow you to spend more time honing your arguments.

I like the focus on independent study and personal responsibility. Although having one major assignment count for so much of my grade was daunting, keeping up with the readings and dedicating a bit more time to each assignment made me confident in my work.'

Shan Song, Renmin University of China

'Here at King's I'm lucky to have a glimpse of Arts and Humanities and discovered my interests in comparative literature.  After I complete my degree in my home university, I will again apply for graduate school abroad.  On the other hand, my study abroad experience helped me to grow stronger in a way that it teaches you how to solve problems independently, how to manage your time, how to associate with different people, how to think critically etc.  All of these things broaden my horizons and make my life goals clear.  

Here we have less modules but all of them cover a comprehensive area of knowledge and require a lot of reading.  In a way, this helps consolidate knowledge and asks students to go above and beyond to discover what they like.  The process is rewarding. I have a better life style here.  In China, the university has a pressing atmosphere that pushes students to work hard all the time.  Here there is a relaxed environment and I have learnt to use my time efficiently so I can enjoy studying and life at the same time.'

Wendy (Jiawei) Lu, Duke University

'Orientation told me a lot of differences between the US and UK academic system and definitely prepared me for later classes. I've met other American students who are very confused about the instructions and don't know what to do because they didn't go through orientation. So I think it definitely helped.

All my modules have one lecture (a large class with about 50-100 students) and one seminar (with less than 20 people). During the lecture, the professor usually talks about the main points of the week and explain a little regarding what we need to do for homework and seminar during the week. And in the seminar, we have more detailed discussions and the seminar leader will answer our questions in class.

There isn't much emphasis in class about the deadlines, all the homework, detailed instructions and office hours and review sessions. I'm used to the professor/TA telling me everything I need to do at the beginning of a class at Duke and I was kind of confused by the system at King's during the first week of class. Later I solved most of my problems by emailing my instructors and asking them questions actively in class (even though I noticed that British students usually don't ask that kind of questions), and I think everyone is definitely helpful even though things are not done the same as they are at Duke.

I like that we've got a lot of free time to do our own stuff outside from class. But it's also one of the biggest challenges: since no one is pushing you to do everything and forcing you to turn in homework and highlighting everything you need to do through Emails or online systems, it's crucial for me to know all my deadlines, all the homework instructions and formality/style requirements for essays.'

Social Science & Public Policy

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'I talked to a lot of upperclassmen who had studied abroad in past terms in the U.K. They gave me excellent insights as to what to expect and what the major differences were between the U.S. and U.K. systems.

For me, the King's system has been much more independent learning than the U.S. system. Students are expected to do much for reading outside of class, but with fewer major assignments such as essays and tests. My most of my modules are taught in two segments: one lecture led by a professor with limited student interaction and one seminar led by mostly student discussions. Similar to the U.S., attending professor office hours are a good way to follow up with class discussions and lectures.

The main difference I have experienced is that at King's I am able to personalize my education more. By that I mean that lecturers provided additional or suggested readings in addition to the mandatory ones so students are able to pursue ideas and subjects that most interest them. In all of my classes, I am afforded multiple choices for essay and exam topics, and I am constantly encouraged to make the questions my own.

What I like most about the U.K. system is the personalization of my education and the class seminars. Both have given me a completely new perspective on my schooling. I learn so much more by pursuing the topics that specifically interest me and by getting the opportunity to listen to what my peers have to say during class discussions every week.'

William Wright, Emory University

'Modules at King's are commonly taught with a single lecture component and a single seminar component during the week. Students are expected to read the assigned readings in preparation for class, and while it is tempting to skip certain readings at times, a missed reading will almost always make itself apparent in class discussion.

Overall, I enjoy the rigor of the UK system and the focus upon primary and secondary texts.'

Scott Huhn, University of Southern California

'There are fewer hours spent in class than in the US. Most modules are split between a seminar and a lecture. While the lecture is typically an hour of the teacher speaking to the students, the seminar attempts to provoke more student / teacher interaction and discussion. The amounts of reading expected each week for class is comparable to my US classes. However, the type of assessments at King's are different than in the US. Classes at King's typically rely more on essay's and a final exam than midterms / intermittent coursework.

Studying seems to take the form of essay writing more than midterms and examinations. However, since the final examinations represent a much larger portion of our final grades than in the states (>60% often), I anticipate I will need to study much more in the near future!

I enjoy the structure of the UK education system. Students are given rigid course schedules that map their courses out for all three years of college. This in turn ensures that students studying in a given second or third-year class have all taken similar prerequisites to get where they are. I think the biggest challenge with the system is spreading out your studying for final exams and avoiding procrastination. Since there are fewer intermittent assessments, it is easy to slack off during the semester and have a ton of work at the end.'

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'I took three Management modules and one History module at King’s. Similar to U.S. universities, my Management modules were heavy on group projects. Learning about U.S. independence from the opposite viewpoint was a highlight of my academic experience at King’s!  

Knowing the difference between the UK and US academic system is important. UK modules focus much more on in-depth critical analysis as opposed to the regurgitation of material that is more common at US universities. Textbooks are less common with a stronger emphasis on academic journals and individual works of literature. There are also far fewer assessments throughout the term than in the US. In most of my modules we only had one major assignment, either a team project or an individual research paper, which was used for overall assessment. Some classes also used a small percentage of points for attendance and participation, but the majority of the semester grade came from one assignment. Although this may seem overwhelming, you will get lots of time to improve that assignment and won’t have distractions like weekly quizzes or nightly homework. The grading scale is also different. Anything from a 70 and higher transfers back to the States as an A, so don’t worry if you get a 68 on your final exam – that’s an A-! You will likely spend much less time in class at King’s than you do at your home institution. Modules are taught either as a two-hour lecture or as a one-hour lecture with a one-hour tutorial/seminar, which takes place in a smaller group to hone in on specific topics from the week’s lecture. All of that extra time is meant to be spent doing independent research for your assignment(s). Students are expected to be much more independent than they are in the US.

I found the UK system to be much more intellectually stimulating and challenging than my college experience in the US. I definitely felt pressured having only one major assessment rather than multiple assessments dispersed throughout the semester, but I came to realize that this gave me much more time to focus on improving my single assignment. I also would study with my flatmates and model my study habits off of theirs, even though they all took different modules.'

Rachel Desch, UNC Chapel Hill

'I'm currently taking Intelligence in War Studies, War in International Order, European Union: Power, Politics, and Economics, and Museums of London.  Orientation mentioned the differences between the UK and US system. The presenters offered helpful resources for the transition including tours of the library and information on peer tutors!

The academic system at King's is heavily focused on independent study. Most of my classes have a 50 minute lecture that meets once a week and a 50 minute seminar consisting of a smaller group of students which is discussion based. You definitely need to do the introductory readings!

Studying at King's is most different from UNC in regards to the amount of contact hours students have with the professors. While office hours are still available, lectures occur only once per week and a lot of introductory reading helps offset the difference.

The UK system is a lot more focused in regards to majors and programmes. Students take modules only relating to their programme, while in the US, most universities have an abundance of general education requirements. The biggest challenge was getting accustomed to the readings. The key is to find a good balance between coursework and your desire to explore London!'

 

What our students say about... weekend activities

I have traveled to Slovakia, Barcelona, Berlin, and Budapest so far, with many more cities coming soon!'

Scott Huhn
University of Southern California

Clubs & societies

Norbert Hass, Humboldt University Berlin

'I joined King's Jitsu and Muay Thai Society because I like to do sports. I got to know them when I went to the Fresher's Fair in Barbican. Certainly, they enhanced my study abroad experience. I got to know many great people and enjoyed it very much to train together with them.'

Sports

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'I have not joined a sports team but I am a member of the King’s sports center. It is very cheap and close to the Waterloo Campus, so you could even go there between the modules at university. You have a great variety of sports equipment, which you can use. Additionally, many different sport classes are offered and you can sign in and join each class. They offer Yoga but also cardio trainig and other types of courses which is great. It is never too busy and you even have access to the internet and TV while you are using the treadmill or cross trainer.'

London

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'My top things to do in London on the weekend are the markets. My favorites are Borough Market and Columbia Road Flower Market. I also love to rent the Barclays bikes and use them to explore Hyde Park. Mainly, anything outside and active is my ideal weekend activity!

Top ten London recommendations:

1. Borough Market on Saturday 
2. Bike through Hyde Park 
3. Covent Garden Market   
4. Imperial War Museum 
5. Big Ben and Parliament 
6. Walking along the South Bank (Queen's Walk) 
7. Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays 
8. The Victoria and Albert Museum 
9. Brick Lane for Indian food Dinner 
10. Enjoy the view in the Waterfront Bar and Grill at King's'

William Wright, Emory University

'Museums and performances would be my top suggestions. Students can receive significant discounts on tickets, and the major museums in London are free, and visiting is a good thing to do in the afternoon.'

Lingbo Lu, Davidson College

'No.1 the British Museum! I am a museum lover, so I've been going to this amazingly large museum for the past several Sunday afternoons, but I still haven't finished going over all the exhibition sections! The objects being displayed in the museum are of high quality and are from various cultures and parts of the world. The museum is a great education place and fun to me.

No.2 London Eye--it was the top of my list, and I hope it will get its first place back after I go for a ride this weekend. It looks perfect from below, especially at night, with its glowing blue lights.

No.3 Oxford Street--a good shopping place. I got my SIM card done here.

No.4 Covent Garden--a mix of traditional market and modern stores and shopping malls.

No.5 The Shard--Great place for seeing the whole London at night.

No.6 The Icebar London--Here you can drink from a cup made of ice, in an ice surrounding.

No.7 The Westminster Abbey--fabulous architecture and a place of great historic value.

No.8 Open House London--A event that you can't miss in September.

No.9 Going to an opera or comedy show--it will be worth the ticket price.

No.10 Just walking along Thames anytime--the river is beautiful to me anytime.'

Scott Huhn, University of Southern California

'Top ten London recommendations:

1. Borough Market 
2. Camden Market 
3. Old Spitalfields Market 
4. Primrose Point 
5. Explore Soho   
6. Killer Cereal Café in Shoreditch   
7. Old Brixton Market 
8. Saint James Park 
9. Big Ben 
10. Walking all of the bridges!'

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'The weekend is a great time to take advantage of all that London has to offer.  London is an absolutely massive city, so take some time to figure our what parts of the city you want to explore the most.  There are enormous markets like Camden and Portobello Road where you can spend hours exploring.  You could also take day trips to popular attractions like Stonehenge and the Harry Potter Studio, which was my personal favourite.  Although there are some attractions in London that have entrance fees, there are even more that don't!  Nightlife is typically more expensive at the weekend and much more crowded, so keep that in mind when planning nights out with friends.'

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'First of all, one has to enjoy all the different kinds of food in London. I have never seen such a variety of delicious food as in London. My number one is the Borough market, which is near London Bridge. You have many different food stalls and can walk around and try lots of food. The Portobello Market in Notting Hill is also worth going. Despite the food stalls, there are many little vintage shops or antiquarian booksellers. You can also do a little Thames walk and just enjoy the great view. I never get bored of it, as there are always new things to discover and new people to see. The British Library in St Pancras is for free and a must for every visitor of London. You can enjoy or the treasures of the past as for example Shakespeare’s writings. Another nice thing to do in London are the different Farmers’ markets placed in many areas of London. Especially, when you like good, organic food it is worth visiting them. If you like watching movies in the cinema, I can strongly recommend either the Everyman Cinema or the Electric Cinema in London. Maybe you will not find the most current movies but being there and watching a movie feels just perfect. If you want to enjoy the nature and prefer a nice walk, Hampstead Heath is the place to be. You can have a nice picnic or just enjoy walking through it. It is a calm and positive place. My other top places are: Camden town, during the day, as well as in the evening a busy and great place. Camden market is also just exciting; Brick Lane offers many shops and many pubs and cafes and you have a great variety of choice. And last but not least is the restaurant Duck & Waffle, which is located on the 40th floor and you can either have breakfast or a perfect lunch with the best view over London.'

Travel in the UK

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'I have travelled to Bath and Stonehenge so far, and next weekend I plan to take a trip to Canterbury. I really enjoyed Bath. It has such a rich history, and it is a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of such a big city like London. I used a tour company that took us to these sites by bus, which was an excellent way to see the English countryside! 

Tip: Always check to see if tour companies give a student discount because most of them do! 
Tip: In Bath, definitely take the time to tour the Roman Bath; don't just view them from the outside.'

William Wright, Emory University

'I visited Oxford once this term via train. I would recommend visiting Oxford to any student if nothing else for its historical and educational significance. In Oxford, I would recommend visiting the Bodleian Library and some of the cathedrals throughout Oxford, especially St. Mary's and Christchurch Cathedral. I would also recommend the museums in Oxford, especially the Ashmolean, which is an extensive art and archaeological museum near central Oxford.'

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'The UK has an extensive train system that is useful for travelling throughout the country.  That's how I got to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and how my flatmate and I traveled to Edinburgh in Scotland.  If I were to recommend any city in Europe to visit, it would be Edinburgh!  It is an incredible mix of old and new buildings interspersed between beautiful landscapes and hills.  It is a great breath of fresh air from the craziness of London!' 

Lingbo Lu, Davidson College

'I've visited the Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge so far. My friend and I joined a weekend trip organized by international students, and we transport by bus. I enjoyed roaming in the town of Salisbury, because the houses there are very traditional and good-looking, as well as the general environment. I strongly suggest to go to someplace on the way to or back from Stonehenge, as visiting Stonehenge won't take that much time and might be a little boring.'

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'I have not traveled a lot in the UK but I spent a week in lovely Canterbury, which is a city I can definitely recommend to everybody. I stayed at a residence hall from the university with my other friends. It is completely different from London. You have the lovely University and a beautiful and relaxing city center and can just walk around and discover this historic place. We even hired a tourist guide you showed us all the wonderful sites of the city. I also spent a week in Belfast which is just perfect to get a good impression of the city. You can drive up the coast and do little hiking trips or just enjoy the busy center of Belfast itself. Quite close and definitely worth-it is a trip to Brighton (10 pounds for a day trip). You can walk along the beach and enjoy just the pier.'

Travel in Europe

Kendra Kumor, Boston College

'So far I have travelled to Paris, Brussels, Bruges, and Amsterdam. I took the Eurostar to Paris, and it was easy and fast. Once on the continent, trains were still the cheapest and quickest way to travel. I loved Paris, but I really enjoyed Bruges as well. Just a short train ride from Brussels, it is an extremely well preserved Belgian city, that really captures the culture. 
Tip: Sometimes it may seem more expensive than flying, but take the Eurostar to Paris because by the time you factor in trains and buses to the airports it is worth a few extra pounds. 
Tip: For transport in Amsterdam, rent a bike! It is the best way to get around the city and provides a much different perspective than the trains or taxis.'

Scott Huhn, University of Southern California

'I have traveled to Slovakia, Barcelona, Berlin, and Budapest so far, with many more cities coming soon! I have flown to all of those cities listed above. Try your best to book your flights out of Gatwick or Heathrow, Stansted and Luton are both a bit more inconvenient to get to - but still not too difficult.'

David Gelsomino, George Washington University

'Many of the low-cost airlines are based out of London, which makes it one of the easiest cities to travel from. London has multiple area airports, but they are all accessible via public transportation. During my time in London, I traveled to Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, and Geneva. Besides Edinburgh, I would have to say that Amsterdam was my favourite place to visit. The Dutch are a warm and friendly people, English is widely spoken, and the city is beautiful. Some study abroad students choose to travel even more frequently than this. When deciding whether to travel extensively, it’s important to remember that this will take away from your time in London. Since London is such a huge city and I really wanted to get to know it well during my time abroad, I chose to visit a limited number of cities and really focus on my home city. This also helped save some money, as although travelling within Europe can be affordable, it can still be expensive. I always tried to stay with other U.S. friends I knew studying abroad in other cities to avoid paying for accommodation while I traveled. When you don’t know someone to stay with, hostels are the best option for sticking to a budget. Be sure to do your research before you travel! You may have limited or no internet access depending on where you visit, so it’s good to know as much as possible before arriving.'

Ceran Sag, Bielefeld University

'I have traveled a lot through Europe. Mostly, I bought very cheap flights but an inter-rail ticket is also a quite fun way to travel in Europe and not very expensive, too. One of my favorite cities is Amsterdam in the Netherlands. You can even stay for a week there and it will not get boring at all. You can visit the Anne Frank House, go through the famous and even family-friendly red light district, eat and drink in the nice little bars and so on and so forth. It is definitely worth doing a little boat tour on in the beautiful canals in Amsterdam. Also Lisbon in Portugal is a beautiful place to be. You have the lovely city center on the one hand, but you are at beautiful little beaches within one hour with the tram. Staying in a hostel there is just perfect and a cheap way for good accommodation.'

 


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