A few of you have send me emails asking about London. A lot of the questions is where i studied and where I lived / how much you should expect to pay for flats and accommodation in general. I’ll try to give you a few tips which might narrow your questions down a bit.
I took a degree in Global Business and Design Management from Regent’ University. I Transferred from a Danish University which meant that I only had to study at Regent’s for 3 semesters (1.5 years) in order to achieve a Bachelors degree. First of, the terms in the UK is a lot shorter compared to Scandinavia. Each semester is 12 weeks, which means long and hectic days. I do wish the terms were a bit longer in order to have more time for other things, but then again, it enables you to get internship’s and work experience in-between terms. It takes some time to get used to the the UK system, there’s a lot of essays and group assignments which almost always accounts for 50 or 100% of you grade in that specific subject. You have to learn how to write academic english which is very different from just writing normally. I did however really like it and I feel like I learned so much more from essays and group assignments rather than just having exams. Each term I had around 3-4 exams – they were heavy and in some of them you had to write 20-30 pages. What I found the hardest was math and all the financial subjects, i’m not really strong in those areas from the beginning so learning math and understanding it in a different language turned out to be a challenge.
The most important thing when you choose to study abroad, is to find a University that really suits you. I wanted diversity in terms of culture and I really got that at Regent’s. 97% of the students comes from all over the world and only 3% is from the UK. I made a lot of friends and they live in all parts of the world. This also enable you to develop a professional network throughout the world.
Tuition differs from university to university, but you should expect to pay between 7.000-10.000 pounds for a term. If you’re from Denmark and don’t have the opportunity to borrow the money from the state like Norwegians do, the UK.gov has a great system where you can borrow the money for your tuition and pay it back over several years. Make sure to check the scholarship page of your preferred university, if you have good grades from previous studies you have a chance to receive a scholarship.
Living in London:
The hardest part – finding a place to live! London is crazy expensive, I think it’s one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Truth be told, you won’t find a room close to city center for less than 800 pounds, and then you’re lucky! I lived in 3 different places, Chelsea, Marylebone and Paddington where i payed around 1000 pounds a month for a small room. These are very popular places, thus a bit more expensive. For me it was important that my flat was close to my University in Regent’s park to avoid spending hours in the Tube. If you live in zone 3,4 or 5 instead you might find a room for around 500 punds, however the tube is expensive so take that into consideration as well. I recommend using an agency, since there is a lot of shady sites and landlords who just wants to trick you. Do NOT start looking for flats before you arrive in London, it’s impossible! Wait until you are there and make sure you have a couple of weeks to flat hunt. There’s also really great sites like http://www.londonswedes.com and facebook groups where fellow scandi’s help each other out. London Swedes is founded by one of my friends (who’s so inspiring and hardworking) and this page has everything You need when moving to or living in London.
This was my first post about London, if you want advise on where to go and what to see thats not your typical tourist attractions, just let me know and i’ll prepare something for you.