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Study London’s top arrival tips

Welcome to London! Now that you’ve arrived, there are only a few last steps before you can explore everything the city has to offer.

Enrol with your university

Don’t forget to register with your university as soon as you arrive.

Make sure you attend the registration event at the date and time your university has given you, and bring your passport as your university needs a copy. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be given your library card, and you can request a letter confirming your student status for any administrative requirements, such as opening a bank account.

Attend a welcome event

Sign up to one of your university’s new international student welcome events. This is a fantastic way to meet people and to find all the information you need.

If you can’t attend, visit your university’s international office, which can provide you with information on university life, the campus and the local area.

Explore your adoptive city

Now that you’re settled, it’s time to discover your new home, London.

Explore the capital’s 32 boroughs, including eclectic areas in central and outer London.

Whether you’re interested in art, want to learn about the city’s history or sample its hundreds of cuisines, there’s so much to do in the capital.

Also keep an eye on what’s on in London, including exciting annual festivals, sporting events and West End theatre shows.

Uncover local hangouts

Find out where the locals go; whether exploring Londoners’ favourite haunts, seeking out the latest trendy spots or discovering the best places to go shopping.

Check out for more top tips on exploring the city.

If you haven’t applied to study in London yet, read our application advicesearch for courses and find out more about the universities in London.

Budget tips for new students

Make the most of your time as a student in the city and discover all it has to offer with our top budget tips. With more than 1,000 museums and galleries, as well as historical palaces, parks, restaurants and other attractions, there are plenty of places for you to explore in London – and lots […]

Top tips: 5 things to do before arriving in London

University enrolments are just around the corner, and it’s time to start packing. Here are a few tips to make your move to London easier. Book your accommodation Arrange your accommodation before you arrive. This is important whether you plan on living in student halls or in private accommodation. Check your university website for details […]

Student spotlight: Meet Paulina from El Salvador

Paulina moved to London to study MSc Emerging Economies and International Development at King’s College London. Here, she tells us more about why she chose to study at KCL and her experiences so far, including working at the King’s Entrepreneurship Institute and being invited to attend Buckingham Palace’s Garden tea party in the summer. Why did […]

Student spotlight: Meet Dan from the USA

Dan is a MA Architecture student at the Royal College of Art. Here, he tells us more about why he chose to study in London at the RCA and his experiences so far, including working on an exciting project with a property development company. Why did you choose to study in London? I had studied […]

Student spotlight: Meet Magnus from Norway

Magnus, an undergraduate student from Norway, is a final year student on the BA Interior Architecture course at Middlesex University. Here, Magnus tells us about his experience of applying to, studying and living in London. Why I decided to study in London? It took some while before I discovered what it was that I wanted […]

Warwick Summer School in London

Apply now to join our Warwick Summer School community of international students for an inspirational and unforgettable summer, recommended by 100% of previous Warwick summer school students. Our Summer School courses are three weeks long and aimed at current undergraduates, postgraduates or graduates. Courses are offered in a range of disciplines and include introductory level […]

Spending your Christmas holidays in London

Many international students spend the Christmas holidays in London. And after a busy start to the term with lectures and assignments, it is often the first real opportunity students have to explore the city at length. There are beautiful Christmas lights throughout the city and numerous events and seasonal activities are available to encourage Londoners […]

Student spotlight: Meet Rachael from the USA

US student Rachael moved to London to study a Masters in Social Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Rachael was one of 11 lucky students to be welcomed to London as part of the International Student Welcome event. Rachael and the other students were welcomed to the city by Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal at London’s City Hall, […]

Student spotlight: Meet Alexander from the USA

US student Alexander moved to London to study a Masters in Intelligent Mobility at the Royal College of Art. Alexander was one of 11 lucky students to be welcomed to London as part of the International Student Welcome event. Alexander and the other students were welcomed to the city by Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal at London’s City Hall, […]

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