Living in London: Accommodation

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Where you live when you’re at university has a great impact on your experience – all the more if you’re an international student. Before I matriculated at King’s, I was particularly eager to find out more about the types of accommodation offered because halls were to be my first ever home away from home. Hopefully reading about my time in King’s residences and my experiences in different private accommodations help you gain a better understanding of where you might want to spend your three years in London. Continue reading

Chinese New Year Away from Home

long distance reunion dinnerAuthor: Jaycie

My name is Jaycie Chan and I’m from Malaysia. I am currently a second year LLB Law student at King’s College London. Chinese New Year is always the most important festival of the year for the Chinese. In Malaysia, we usually have the school holidays for a week and this is the opportunity for everyone to go back to their hometown to visit their friends and family. Continue reading

My Study Abroad experience

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Author: Anuthida

When I was applying for undergraduate programmes, something that really attracted me to King’s was the emphasis it placed on the study abroad programme it offers. I know, I know – being from Singapore, wasn’t attending university overseas already studying abroad? Indeed it is, but who wouldn’t jump at the chance to experience living and studying in two vastly different cities? Continue reading

Winter Wonderland in the capital

Oxford street 2Author: Edith

About a week ago, I was still in my ripped jeans and t-shirts and could pass without a warm coat but now, as it’s the 8th of December, it seems London has put a spin on things. If you, like me, can’t wait a full 24 days to finish your advent calendar, will eat all of the chocolate provided in an advent calendar with your friend late at night as soon as it hits the first of December. Apart from the endless chocolate, whether it be in a mug warmed up in the microwave or just an entire block to yourself, you’ll give yourself the excuse that “Well, it’s basically Christmas”.  Continue reading

Sky Garden-ing

Author: Maria

You must be wondering, why is she dedicating a whole post to one place only? Well, if you have not been to that place then you will understand why I am writing this blog post (by the end of this post you will be definitely tempted to go to there), and if you have been there then you will definitely understand why I had to dedicate a whole post to it.

Sky Garden is the place I literally tell all students to go to. Well, actually I don’t really tell Photo 4 them, it is more like me commanding them to go there ASAP (I am joking, I wouldn’t be that rude…). But it is true, I always tell people they should go to sky garden because it is one of my favorite spots in London, where you can enjoy an amazing view for free… (Not like the Shard…Although I still believe if you have the opportunity to go, GO (as you can see I am quite Photo 3 obsessed with views). But you can also stay warm, enjoy a cup of coffee/tea or even mimosa, and just relax. Who would have thought that an urban jungle has it all?

For the three years I have been in London, I must say I go every year more than twice. I think it is definitely a perfect get away from the crowded London streets without having to go too far away (only 35 floors up). And yes, even if you are scared of heights, I think you wouldn’t be that scared because it is safe. I have taken all of my friends there, my cousin and my mother, and they all have enjoyed it so much. So, if you have a friend coming over, or you want to impress your parents of how well you know London, or even if you want to take someone on a date but you don’t have the money, Sky Garden is the perfect spot.

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Only some things you do need to be aware of: 1) you have to book 3 weeks in advance…some might say it is a shame, but you will get in for free so I think it is alright. 2) There are, I think, 2 restaurants and a coffee/bar upstairs, (Restaurants need to be booked, coffee/bar no). 3)Take your jacket, because although its warm, you still have the ‘terrace area’ where you definitely can feel the wind freezing your bones. 4) DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE A CAMERA, I-phones are acceptable, but if you really want that perfect Profile Picture, I think you would need a high-quality camera to help you out ;) 5) Please take your ID, you will need to show your tickets at the door. Although the ticket says: ‘bring your IDs’, my friends have forgotten about it… and I had to wait upstairs all alone for them…thank god for the view or else I’d be bored out of my mind.

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So, Yes, I literally wrote a whole post on why you should visit Sky Garden and I do not regret it. Have I made you tempted to go there?

My Summer Bucket List

Author: Maria

So my previous post was about my internship in London during the summer. Yes, obviously I have to work during day time, but that doesn’t mean I cannot enjoy London’s beauty during the summer.

I am going to make this post quick because during my internship in London I told myself that I would do 10 things (although I did more of them) in London during the summer, and I thought it would be amazing to share these spots/ideas with you so you can actually think about doing it as well. Some of these are no brainers, but trust me, sometimes living in the city and studying makes you forget about certain fun things that you can do at any time!

So here is my list:

1. Bike around Hyde Park and end up in the Serpentine Galleries – check the pavilion every year there’s a new sculpture or ‘huge architecture thing there’. This year this man actually asked me what I thought of it, the question caught me so off-guard that I said: ‘if we lived in an imaginary world this would probably be my home’… I literally have no idea why I said that.

Maria - Serpentine - My Summer Bucket list

2.  ROOFTOPS!! There are so many (From the famous Sky-Garden, to Queen of Hoxton and to the new place I went with my friends the other day: Pergola On the Roof (Quick its open from May to August 29th! So if you have time GO THERE) and you can drink, eat, drink, and see the beautiful sight! And art on the walls. – Also, time out offers a few ‘cheaper tickets’ for people to go watch movies on rooftops – it is QUITE AWESOME, and actually a really cool thing to do!)

3. This one is not in London, but still, it was on my list: Travel to Cambridge or Oxford. It’s cheap nearby and you can always spend the day in a smaller town and enjoy the perks of less expensive food, beautiful sight-seeing and just a day out of the city.

maria & friend Cambridge - My Summer Bucket list

4. Want to go Clubbing? CARGO is pretty cool – from its terrace to the two dancefloor spaces inside. I think the terrace is worth everything, you get to hear the music but still be able to talk to your friends if you are not that into clubbing. Two spots in one place.

5. Summer Exhibitions in London – yes, some are expensive, but have you seen the one in the Royal Academy? If you are a student you get a discount, and it is definitely worth it! You get to see some modern contemporary art that you have not seen before.

6. The typical Brick Lane Sunday market, Camden Lock Market, Broadway Market, Borough Market, – Spitafields. I think I covered almost all of them – oh yes, Portobello Market and if you haven’t watched the movie Notting Hill watch it, aside from Hugh Grant being a total bae, the movie definitely shows the blue door of his book store which YOU can totally see when you go to Notting Hill.

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7. Theatre: I am a fan of theatre so I went to watch my old time fav – Les Miserables – indeed I was miserable afterwards of how good it was, and how I wish I could sing/act like that. WORTH IT. Of course you don’t have to go see this one, but there are plenty of shows worth seeing, and London is the place for theatre, music, art.

8. Breakfast Club. Woke up twice at 6:00 am, to make sure I could be first and have my beautiful breakfast as soon as the restaurant opened at 8:00 am in Soho. Call me crazy, but that avocado on toast is delicious, and those blueberry pancakes were definitely worth my beauty sleep.

9. Almost done with the list. Do you like Jazz? Comedy? I live literally next to Camden, so when me and my flat-mates are bored and have nothing to do, we just go to Camden and either go watch the comedy club there, or go to the Jazz Café. Plus, sometimes we get lost in between those restaurants and the market…

10. Here is my last thing and definitely worth it – Aside from my internship I also work as waitress and sometimes my shift ends up really late. However, there are some perks to it, walking and riding the bus in the Center of London at night is the best. You see the city lights, without the people and the stress of the day. It is only you and your music, the breeze and those city lights that make London such a beautiful city to live in.

So here are my tips for you and I hope you enjoy them! Do you have any for me?