One of the reasons you probably chose to study abroad was to travel, right?! Many students try and tick off as many countries as possible during their time in London, while others choose to explore the city in-depth and stay local. Just remember you may have classes or your internship Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5:00 pm so please don't make travel plans until after you arrive in London. There are many amazing world heritage sites, museums, theatres, and places of natural beauty you can see without ever leaving London or the UK!
You’ve chosen to study abroad in London, so don’t forget to see as much of the city as you can! Explore the maritime history of Greenwich, the alternative culture of Camden, and the wildlife in Richmond. This video guide from Visit London and this London area guide by TimeOut are a great introduction to the city’s popular hotspots.
- Bath - This UNESCO world heritage site boasts beautiful 18th-century architecture, is close to Stonehenge, and is home to the Roman baths that give the city its name
- Belfast - The capital city of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast is a hub for culture, arts, and nightlife
- Brighton - This seaside city is known for its shopping, nightlife, and pebble beach and is often cited as the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK
- Cambridge - Located on the River Cam and home to the university which was established in 1209, Cambridge is a beautiful city to visit for a daytrip
- Cardiff - The Welsh capital city is host to 8 million visitors a year, drawn to the city for its history, entertainment, architecture, nightlife, and the stunning Cardiff bay
- Edinburgh - Explore the beautiful medieval and Georgian streets of Edinburgh, home to the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe
- Glasgow - Scotland’s largest city offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping, and a diverse array of restaurants and bars
- Liverpool - Situated in Merseyside in the North-West of England, Liverpool is a vibrant city of culture and was famously home to The Beatles
- Oxford - Home to the oldest university in the English speaking world, the city of Oxford is a must see – while you’re there, visit the Ashmolean Museum, tour one of over 30 colleges, or go punting along the river
- York - York is a historic walled city with cool shops, fun museums, and the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, York Minster
Countries you know, places you might not – check out Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe Guide. STA travel also have some fantastic advice on traveling around Europe, including guidance on travel, tours, and budgeting.
Take the scenic and eco-friendly route by hopping on a train to your destination. Some helpful resources for European train travel:
If you do choose to fly, why not offset your carbon emissions with ClimateCare's Carbon Calculator? Your carbon offset donation will help fund projects that deliver positive social and environmental impacts. Discover ClimateCare's projects here: climatecare.org/project-map
CITY TOURS & TRAVEL BOOKS
Wherever you travel, you'll probably want to learn more about the place that you are visiting. Companies such as Sandeman's New Europe run free tip based tours in most major cities across Europe.
You are also welcome to borrow travel books from the shelves on the ground floor of Metrogate House or in the Student Life office at Foundation House.