A quick intro to eating and travelling in London

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A quick intro to eating and travelling in London

If you've already made the very wise decision to come and study in London, you're probably now very curious as to what living in the city is like. Whatever you're studying and whatever you're into, two things are certain: you'll definitely need to feed yourself and you'll definitely need to get around the city. So here's a little bit of information about both those things.


Luckily for you, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. This means that whatever sort of food you like, you'll find it here if you look hard enough (or quickly look on the internet). That goes for both restaurants and grocery stores.

Eating out

Maybe start by exploring the immediate area around your accommodation. There are a few restaurant and cafe chains that you'll notice all over the city (like Pizza Express and Nando's), and those are great, but we recommend being more adventurous wherever possible. Try out some of the independent places – you might find a hidden gem that becomes your go-to place.

Eating in

You'll probably find your local food-shopping spots within the first few days and weeks, as there will be several places very close to your accommodation. Tesco Express stores and other such mini-supermarkets are all over the place, and you'll probably have a few local independent grocers to choose from too.

If you want to treat yourself to some premium supermarket food, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer are both good – it could be said that their foods are a cut above the rest.

Getting around

Public transport in London is second to none, as you might already know. You've got the Underground, the Overground, normal trains, and over 500 bus services at your disposal.

Oyster card

If you get yourself a student Oyster card, you'll enjoy the cheapest travel rates (although it's more a case of "when" than "if"). All you have to do is load it up with money, which gives you travel credit, and then you just swipe yourself in and out when you get on and off the Tube, the Overground or a bus.

It's a really easy system, and it means you won't have to get your money out every time. You can also get 30% off the adult-rate prices of Travelcards and Bus & Tram passes. You can top up the Oyster card as you go, or order Travelcards online (you'll soon figure out which way works out the cheapest for you).