7 Daily Facts Every American Student Should Know About Studying In London

Nov 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM

There is no doubt that London is one of the best cities in the world for study. It has everything that a student needs: delicious restaurants, buzzing streets, and even the odd celebrity. But as an American studying in London, what is it that you really need to know?

Here are 7 daily facts every American student should know about studying in London:

1 – ALWAYS carry an umbrella

When you open your curtains in a morning (or afternoon) there might not be a cloud in the sky, it might look like it will be a lovely, sunny, London day. But no. There is no way of predicting when the next British downpour will be. Stay dry and carry and umbrella!

TIP: Buy a clear umbrella, that way you can avoid the rain and see where you’re going

2 – You can NEVER be too polite

In England, you can never say please, thank you or sorry too often. You will find that everyone will apologise, even when something isn’t their fault; if you bump into someone on Oxford Street, don’t be shocked when they say sorry.

TIP: If you’re thinking of going for a walk around a park, or heading into the countryside, it is common to say “good morning” or “good afternoon” to people that you pass, and SMILE!

3 – Stand to the RIGHT and walk to the left

…on escalators into and out of the Tube. Tube etiquette is BIG in London and we cannot stress enough how important this rule is – you definitely don’t want to get in the way of busy commuters on their way to/ from work.

TIP: If you decide to walk on the left, be prepared to move quickly to keep up with the commuters.  Be careful and watch your step!

4 – Buying an Oyster card is a MUST for Tube travel

Sticking with the Tube etiquette topic: buying an Oyster card needs to be on your London essentials list. They help you to avoid the long queues and the dodgy machines that like to eat your change.

TIP: You don’t need to wait for the barriers to close before scanning your card.

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