As the bustling, multicultural capital of the UK, London offers a rich lifestyle to students from different countries and backgrounds, including Indian students.
While England and India are very different, if you follow this guide to life in London for Indian students you’ll find yourself settled in no time! Read on to learn our top tips for adapting to life in London, including information on finance, accommodation and more.
Life in London for Indian Students: Our top tips for settling in
1. Prepare for cooler weather
Britons love to talk about the weather because it can be unpredictable. While the UK can enjoy summer highs of 30 degrees Celsius, winter can drop as low as 0 degrees Celsius! On average, the UK is between 9 and 18 degrees Celsius.
England’s seasons are as follows:
• April – May: Spring
Temperature ranges from 6 to 18 degrees Celsius.
• June – August: Summer
Temperature ranges from 9 to 30 degrees Celsius.
• September – November: Autumn
Temperature ranges from 7 to 14 degrees Celsius.
• December – March: Winter
Temperature ranges from 0 to 7 degrees Celsius.
It’s a good idea to prepare by bringing appropriate clothing for the weather, or you risk being cold. We recommend you purchase the following to keep you warm and dry in the cool and wet British weather:
• Waterproof coat
• Wellington boots
That being said, summer can be hot, so if you’re in the UK over the summer holidays, we recommend having sunglasses and lighter clothing options too!
2. Settling into your accommodation
Once you’ve found and moved into your ideal student accommodation, there are a few things to get used to that may differ from life in India.
While laundry services exist in London, they are considered a luxury and cost a lot more than the same services in India. Therefore, we recommend you do your laundry yourself using the washing machine at your student accommodation. Luckily, all Fresh lettings in London come with washing machines. All you have to pay for is the laundry detergent and a small usage fee, saving you tons compared to using private laundry services or a laundrette.
Supermarkets in London sell food for all different diets and requirements. Common options include Tesco’s, ASDA and Sainsbury’s.
London also has many international supermarkets that offer authentic Indian ingredients, including halal meat and Indian spices.
3. Finding your way around the city
Travelling around London is easy using the extensive public transport network. London has buses, overground trains and underground trains (known as The Tube) to help you get to and from lectures, go sightseeing and explore the generous offering of events, restaurants, museums and more.
We recommend you apply for a Student 18+ Oyster Card which will give you discount on public transport for travelling around the city.
You can also buy a Student Railcard to receive 34% off rail travel anywhere in the UK.
The cost of living in London for Indian students
The cost of living is higher for Indian students in London compared to back home, so it’s important to keep track of your spending and be aware of the exchange rate. Here is a rough breakdown of the costs of common student expenses and how much these costs are equivalent to in Indian rupees:
• Weekly food shop: £40 (4,000 rupees)
• Restaurant meal: £15-£25 (1,500-2,500 rupees)
• Pint of beer: £4.50 (450 rupees)
• Cocktail: £11 (1,100 rupees)
• Coffee from a café: £3.50 (350 rupees)
• Weekly Travelcard: £32-£60 depending on the zones (3,200-6,000 rupees)
• Theatre or live music tickets: £15+ (1,500 rupees)
For tips to help you save money and reduce the cost of living in London, check out our article on how to live in London cheaply as a student.
Find accommodation for living in London as a student
Wherever you’re studying in the city, Fresh offers accommodation options across the capitol’s boroughs for you to enjoy a comfortable student lifestyle in London. Explore Fresh’s stylish private student lettings in London today.