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    Hey all

    I was just wondering if anyone could tell me a little about what it is like to study in London in your opinion? I've never been to London before but i'm only coming down from Glasgow to study so it shouldn't be too much of a shock as i already know what it's like to live in a big city.

    Anyway i'm most interested in finding out what the area roundabout SOAS and Dinwiddy House (where i'll be living) is like for socialising, safety, transport links, museums, shops, cinemas etc!?

    Also, i need to quickly find a part time job when i arrive in London and wondered if anyone knew of the job scene? Is there much in the way of employment? (mostly retail i'd be looking for)

    Be happy to hear from anyone about what it is like to study in London and especially from those who have moved to the city for studying.


    Hello ~

    My Sister is currently studying in London, and she said it's very expensive, but if you go to the right places, living is very comfortable ~

    I've applied for Dinwiddy House too :3. Apperently it's just like standard student living, not particularly great but not bad. Where else did you apply for ~ There aren't many SOAS only halls so i found the choice hard xD

    I'm moving to the city. I currently live on the Isle of Wight so it's pretty iscolated down here haha ~ I've been wanting to talk to other students because i'm quite worried about living comfortably haha :3 I think all will be good in the end though

    What course did you apply for if you don't mind me asking?


    I have just finished first year at SOAS, and I'm staying at Dinwiddy.

    First and foremost, Dinwiddy is quite the place to be if your priority is to meet people from SOAS. Dinwiddy is standard, BUT it is the cheapest, most worthwhile option in central London. For en-suite rooms, its the cheapest I have seen so far in London and its not a bad place to live. Also, its 15 minutes walk from the SOAS main campus, around the corner from the Vernon Square campus and up the road from King's Cross tube station. There are also several bus stops within a minute's walking distance which will take you to Leicester Square, Victoria and other places for nightlife. Just up the road from Dinwiddy is a Tesco, and a little further (about 10 minutes walk), there is a large Sainsbury's and a small shopping centre with movies at Angel.

    The area around Dinwiddy is generally very safe, I have not heard of any incidents at all. Only around SOAS, pickpocketing is a slight problem, but people publicize any incidents on the SOAS facebook groups, so you've always got a heads up.

    The British Museum is right next to SOAS, other museums are a couple of tube stops or a bus-ride away. In terms of shops, Dinwiddy is about 30 minutes walk from Oxford Street, the main shopping street in London, and near SOAS there's a small "high street" called the Brunswick centre, with a few restaurants, shops and a supermarket.

    In terms of jobs, I am not too sure, I haven't checked out the job scene as yet because my Law degree kept me a little busy! But if you're better at time management than me, you should go for it!
    Living in London seems expensive, but if you budget correctly its not too difficult. The most money would probably go to transport, to be honest, depending on how much you'd travel by tube. The bus is cheaper but takes longer.

    I hope this has helped
    Hope to see you at SOAS, all the best!
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