Learn English in London: FAQs
If you’re planning to learn English in London, it’s highly likely you’ll have a lot of questions. Many students studying at a London language school want to know where’s the best place to stay, what visa arrangements they need to make, and how much living in London is likely to cost.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the practical side of studying at a London language college.
What’s the best accommodation option for people studying at a London language school?
This will really depend on what you want to get out of your accommodation. If you want to get to know lots of other students from around the world, then you could choose to stay in a student residence, where all your fellow residents will be language students. If you’d prefer to get to know the customs and traditions of a UK family, then a homestay might be a better option for you. Alternatively, if you prefer to be more independent or you’re bringing family members with you, you could choose to stay in a hotel or other privately arranged accommodation. If you can’t decide, contact the accommodation team at Bloomsbury International who’ll help you consider your options.
Do I need a visa to learn English in London?
This depends on your nationality. If you’re an EU or EEA citizen, then you probably don’t need a visa. However, if you’re from another country you’ll normally need a visa, and will need to arrange this before you travel. Make sure you find out about visa requirements in plenty of time before you travel to London.
Is London an expensive city to live in?
Yes. London is the most expensive city in the world. Fortunately, Bloomsbury International offers very competitively priced accommodation, pleasantly surprising many students with its affordability. However, the prices of transport, food, drink and entertainment are all quite high, so it’s important to factor this into your budget when planning to study English at a London language school.
Can I do anything to reduce the costs of studying in London?
You may be able to reduce your costs by taking advantage of certain discounts that are available to students in London – for example, if you study for more than 15 hours a week you can get a 30% discount on all travel around London. Many London attractions also offer price reductions for students.
Can I work to boost my income when I’m in London?
Possibly. You may be able to get a visa that will allow you to have a job and earn some money. Or, if you’re an EEA national, you may be allowed to work in the UK. However, it’s important to get specialist immigration advice about whether this will be possible in your circumstances.
Is London a safe city to live in?
Generally London is a very safe city, with well-lit streets and a safe transport system that runs into the night. However, as in any city, it’s important to be aware of your personal safety and to be as careful in London as you would be in your home town. It’s a good idea not to walk on your own at night, for example. You should also make sure your phone always has credit and that you’ve saved any important phone numbers you might need.
If your question isn’t covered below, then please don’t hesitate to contact Bloomsbury International to get the answer to your question.