Pros and Cons of going to uni in LondonWatch
Con: its damn expensive!
Not that i go, but those are pretty obvious ones
Cons: Even if you are in halls for your first year, you'll have to travel in subsequent years. Commuting can be a pain at times, there can be unforseen hold ups and delays, and public transportation isn't cheap, although a student Oyster Card helps. Overall it's quite expensive. Secondly, big cities can be tiring and a bit depressing at times. Thirdly, London is quite far flung, and its size can eat up your time if you are going somewhere far from your hall/flat.
Cons: 80% of londoners are wa nkers.
Con: Nobody cares about you. You see, they go. You don't feel special at all.
pro's: generally good universities, city contacts etc
cons: not a student city (uni's spread out, not a studenty feel and lack of student deals anywhere), expensive (travel, accomodation, alcohol, food etc), accomodation is spread out around the city and a lot of it is shared, hard to make lots of friends due to everyone being so spread out.
That's the thing I'm worried about; uni being being more spread out etc, I guess KCL is like that..
NOT because I was at London met, because I hardly spent any time there. The city just isn't kind on students. No solid community. Too diverse. I'm at Leeds now and it's FAR better. The city/experience that is.
Here's a few reasons why:
-Every thing (accommodation especially) is mega expensive.
-I agree with the guy above who said that 80% of Londoners are absolutely wa nkers, because they are. The rule on any type of bus/tube/train is look anywhere but at another person, otherwise they'll think you're a weirdo or fancy them.
-It's getting a lot more crowded than it was a few years ago, to me when i go up into central London i feel very claustrophobic.
-There's a distinct lack of open space, even our parks have buildings in them or surrounding them.
-We're very much separated by race and social class.
-Every second person is a foreigner - it's not that i have a problem with foreigners, its the fact that i can't understand them and they can't understand me.
- Living and transportation is expensive and most often akward
- It is easy to feel lonely in big cities
+ Countless opportunities to develop yourself (societies, volunteering, languages)
+ Loads of jobs
+ Museums, Sight seeing, seminars/film night etc organized byt the universities mean you never have to feel bored
+ Culturally diverse, you meet so many new people all over the world and get different perspective (unlike the previous poster I actually think this is a wonderful thing)
I like living in London. There is so much to do and explore you will never have feel bored. Granted, accomodation is silly expensive for the quality you are getting but you can find plenty of things to do that are totally free of charge. And it's a city filled with opportunities, it's a place where you can really make your own luck if you just have the determination.
nowhere else has the same energy . . . noone i know in london is bored of it yet ;]
friends in their second yrs at leeds/manc etc. all mention how they're getting bored of the city now . . . take from that what you want . .
i think you either love it or you hate it really. like marmite.
Con: Its a nightmare trying to move around London especially during the morning! Its really expensive despite what universities in London tell you (although wages are very high as well for p/t jobs) and its the main target for terror attacks (I was in central London on that day as well, and cetainly dettred me going to London for a while)
personally- London is where everything is happening- every brit should live there once in their life- why not student years?