living in the UK
London is the capital city of the UK and one of the leading fashion capitals of the world. It is ranked 1st on the QS Best Student Cities 2018 list.
Britain is a diverse and inclusive country, and London is one of the world’s largest and most multicultural cities. It is the ideal place for international students to experience the British lifestyle. Living in London and exploring the rest of the UK and Europe is a big part of student life in Britain.
Istituto Marangoni’s The School of Fashion London and the International Study Centre are based in Shoreditch. It is one of the coolest and most creative neighbourhoods in London. This continually evolving area is alive with bars, restaurants, art galleries, and media businesses. Students are inspired by the most exciting visual and cultural stimulation. The latest trends in fashion, art and design are born here. It is the perfect place to experience British life.
London is in the south of England, where it tends to be the warmest. It is toward the east of the country, which can often be drier than the west of the UK.
travel to and from the UK
London has six airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Southend and London Stansted. Studying in this global travel hub, you will be well connected to the rest of the world. London City and London Stansted are the easiest airports to get to from Istituto Marangoni, Shoreditch. A train journey to London City takes about 40 minutes and to Stansted is about an hour.
trains to/from Europe
It takes around 25 minutes to travel from Istituto Marangoni, Shoreditch to London St Pancras station via the London Underground network. From here, you can take regular direct train services to other European capitals. Paris and Brussels are only two hours away on the Eurostar train.
Portsmouth and Dover are the nearest ferry ports to London. From these ports you can connect to mainland Europe.
Many coach services depart from Victoria Coach Station. It is conveniently located close to the mainline rail station, London Victoria.
travel within the UK
London has several mainline rail stations and many more smaller stations connecting all parts of the city. The city’s largest stations include Liverpool Street, London Euston, London Kings Cross, London Paddington, London Victoria and London Waterloo.
You will find several coach stops and stations located throughout London. Victoria Coach Station is one of the largest stations. It offers a wide range of services to destinations across the UK, including tourist attractions such as Bath, Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon.
London has several airports offering internal flights to many UK destinations including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay and more.
Public transport in London includes an extensive network of buses, trams, and regular and underground trains. It is run by the local government body, TfL (Transport for London). It takes about 10 minutes to walk to Shoreditch High Street Station or around 15 minutes to walk to Liverpool Street Station.
You can pay for journeys using an Oyster card or a contactless debit or credit card. You may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard. It gives you 30% off the price of an adult season ticket.
Taxis are common and easy to use but can be expensive if you’re travelling alone. London also has a great network of clearly marked cycle lanes and public bikes you can borrow. If your journey is not too far, walking gives you the best chance to find your way around and take in the sights.
The UK has a public healthcare system, the NHS (National Health Service). Private (non-NHS) healthcare is also available but can be very expensive.
EEA (European Economic Area) nationals
If you are a resident of an EEA country or Switzerland, you’ll receive free access to the NHS when you are in the UK. To use this service, you need a valid EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card).
> To check if your country is eligible, visit gov.uk/eu-eea
International students from non-EEA countries need to pay a ‘health surcharge’ to use the NHS. You will be asked to pay this charge this when your university application is accepted. This system applies to international students who are studying in the UK for more than 6 months.
currency and banking
The UK currency is the Pound Sterling (£/GBP).
It will be much easier to manage your money if you set up a UK bank account. You can do this when you arrive in London. You could even do it before you arrive, by joining a bank in your home country that has branches in the UK.