With October just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to London! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.
At Istituto Marangoni International Study Centre, term starts Monday 3rd October. Be sure to arrive on time for induction at 2pm.
We recommend flying into London Heathrow or London Gatwick, as they are the closest international airports. Before catching your flight to London, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.
Before you leave:
- Confirm your accommodation
- Book your flights
- Complete the pre-arrival form
- Book your taxi transfer
It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to London and during your first week.
What to bring with you on your first day:
- Evidence of your Secure English language test
- Passport and visa
- Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while traveling.
After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.
During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, London and the International Study Centre. This week is often called “induction”. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.
After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might you have some extra time to explore your new home city. London is a multi-cultural city with lots of great food and entertainment. With a world-famous literary and art history, the city is host to dozens of free museums and historic landmarks.
For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. London has a great transportation system, including buses and the tube. There are even city bikes you can rent for an hour or the whole day to tour the city.
This is an exciting time to head to London, with a lot of annual events and festivals taking place.
Happening in October:
- Frieze Art Fairs in Regent’s Park – Each year, Frieze hosts Frieze London and Frieze Masters, two art fairs showcasing contemporary art and historic art respectively. There are also sculptures in Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park English Gardens which you can stroll through and admire for free.
- Africa on the Square – A free annual event in iconic Trafalgar Square with entertainment, food and fashion from across Africa.
- Diwali – Also taking place in Trafalgar Square, thousands of people come together for a celebration with stage performances, family-friendly activities and food from India and beyond.
- Museums at Night – Museums and galleries across London open their doors after hours for a three-day biannual festival, featuring late-night exhibitions, talks and guided tours. Some events are free, while others are ticketed.
- Halloween – From scary tours to screening of famous films, there’s lots happening in London to celebrate the spooky holiday.
Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help.
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