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London is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city with a thriving
international population, economy, and culture that puts it on the list of one
of the world’s most beloved cities. Locals and visitors alike find in London a
lifelong friend with whom they share the most treasured of memories and
experiences. When you study abroad in London, you’ll become hip not only to the
city’s touristy (but awesome) landmarks, but also to the city’s colorful,
dynamic, and ultimately cozy and friendly places, neighborhoods, and people.
Studying abroad in London will deliver an all-around outstanding experience.
London study abroad programs enable you to partake in a city
that values intellectualism as much as it does culture and tradition. When you
study abroad in London, you’ll have an opportunity to receive high quality
education from well-respected schools located throughout the city. You’ll be
privileged to connect your studies to your explorations, and by the end of your
program, you’ll add a meaningful experience to your life and your resume.
London is the capital city of both England and the United
Kingdom. It is a large, culturally dynamic urban city located in the southeast
of England, just across the English Channel from mainland Europe (France specifically).
London’s metropolitan borders span far and wide but are up for debate by people
who ponder the difference between “London” and “Greater London”. For students
who study abroad in London, the city is wide and wonderful no matter the actual
Encircling London’s urban sprawl is the Metropolitan
Greenbelt, a statutory greenbelt designed to prevent the city’s urban sprawl
from taking over England’s lovely countryside. Within the Metro Greenbelt, the
famous River Thames divides north London from south London and establishes a
less formal central London. Within these official and unofficial divisions,
London is parceled into beautifully multifarious and eclectic neighborhoods
with distinct architectural, political, economic, and cultural characteristics
and personalities. Several long walks through London will reveal its
London’s climate is oceanic, and the city’s temperatures
range between very cold in the winter to quite hot in the summer. It is not
uncommon for the city to see snow, and the summer sees rainy days throughout.
Also, because of the moisture in London’s air, the city can be quite humid in
all four seasons.
The official language of England is English spoken with a
Cockney accent. When you study abroad in London, the majority, if not all, of
interactions and transactions will occur in English, and colleges and
universities in London are English-language schools. Because of this, study
abroad programs in London offer English-language curricula and support.
Despite English’s spot as England’s official language, you
will likely hear numerous other languages spoken throughout London. London is
ethnically diverse with a large number of immigrants from other countries. This
infusion of international influence allows for a more culturally stimulating
city and means you will likely partake in the cultural and linguistic practices
of other countries. Multilingualism, even if not officially, is an integral part
of London’s culture and identity.
The United Kingdom and therefore England and London are part
of the European Union. However, London uses the British Pound Sterling, not the
Euro, as its official currency. In early 2014, one pound was the equivalent of
As is the case in most cities, the cost of living in London
depends on where you live. One to three-bedroom apartments in the heart of
London cost approximately $2,500 to $4,780 per month. Apartments outside of the
city center cost approximately $1,600 to $2,900 per month. On average, Numbeo
found the cost of apartment housing in London just slightly less expensive than
in New York, New York.
At nearly $250 per month, Numbeo
found basic utilities in London, such as electricity, heat, water, and garbage,
to be quite a bit more expensive than the same services in New York. In-house
internet, at approximately $30 per month, costs slightly less than it does in
New York. The average cost of basic groceries (milk, bread, eggs, fruits,
vegetables, and chicken, for example) is more or less expensive than similar
products in New York, but the actual cost of groceries of course depends on
your needs and preferences. Eating out and enjoying various beverages in London
is relatively expensive even for lower quality meals such as fast food.
London has an excellent public transportation system with
the oldest underground rail system (the Tube) in the world and plenty of
aboveground options (including the famed red, double-decker buses). A monthly transportation
pass costs approximately $220. Many people in London also depend upon taxis
that charge relatively expensive starting, kilometer, and waiting fees. Gasoline
in London costs approximately 2.30 per liter. Many Londoners, for whom public
transportation is too expensive, walk to their destinations as often as
possible. The city is indeed walker and biker friendly one. The costs of
entertainment, clothing, and other non-essentials vary depending on your needs
There are so many ways to explore, enjoy, and celebrate
London’s dynamic and expansive culture. When in London, open London’s gifts by
doing (at least!) these fun things:
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