COLA Study Abroad Tips- Emily van der Heijden- London


Top Places to Visit (In City)                                                                                                                  

  1. The Globe Theatre – seeing the Globe was a really unique experience!- Pictured Above
  2. Borough Market – it is a wonderful food market that has so many booths of different foods and drinks, you could stay all day!
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Museum – Since Regent’s University is located off of Baker Street, the address for the fictional detective is nearby and has been turned into a really cool exhibit!


Top Places to Eat                                                                                                                                    

  1. Nando’s – it’s cheap, it’s close to campus, and it’s pretty good food.
  2. High Tea – I would definitely recommend finding a restaurant that has afternoon tea (which is a lot of them!) It is a fun and classic London tourist thing to do. Just make sure to make reservations beforehand because it gets very busy.
  3. Pizza Express – if you’re ever craving normal American food, this is basically the British version of Pizza Hut.


 Top Events to Attend                                                                                                                              

  1. Plays/Musicals – I was fortunate that I took two theatre based courses during my semester abroad, so I was able to see 8 plays and 6 musicals, plus one musical sponsored by UNH, all for free!
  2. Museums – I would definitely recommend the Natural History Museum, it is such a beautiful building on the outside and the inside.- Pictured Above  
  3. Art Galleries – I was also able to go to many art galleries for on of my classes. While I’m not an artist and I don’t usually enjoy art galleries, if you go to the right one it can be really interesting. Plus, most art galleries and museums are free!


  Top Stores or Shops to Visit                                                                                                           

  1. Primark – located on Oxford Street (about a 15 minutes walk or 5 minute tube ride from campus), this store has basically everything, and it’s all incredibly cheap. You’ll go so many times that by the end of your time there you will never want to step foot in it again!  
  2. Tesco/Sainsbury’s/Waitrose – these are the grocery stores that are near campus so you can stock up on food since the dining hall food is not the best and the hours are short.- Pictured Above
  3. Boots – this is basically the British version of CVS. There is one about 3 minutes from campus.


Top Transportation Tips                                                                                                                            

  1. Always make sure you have enough money on your Oyster card. Your Oyster card is the card that you use in the tube stations (the tube is basically a subway). If you don’t have enough money on your card, you won’t be able to get in.
  2. Never take a taxi – we did take taxis to and from the airports the day we arrived and the day we left, just because it was easier than hauling all of our luggage on a tube or a train, but if you’re just traveling the city, it is way easier and cheaper to take the tube or the bus. Walking is also a good option, because it allows you to see more, and it’s free.
  3. Buses – buses aren’t bad if you aren’t going too far, and you just want to change it up from taking the tube. You also use your Oyster card on buses, and it is cheaper than the tube. It just may take a little longer because it has to stop more.


Top Random Things to Know                                                                                                                  

  1. Look both ways before you cross the street. Obvious, I know, but even by the end of my semester I still wasn’t used to the cars driving on the wrong side of the road. Luckily, a lot of the time the words “look right” or “look left” will be painted on the pavement so that tourists will know which way to look to prevent being run over.
  2. When you take money out of an ATM, make sure to make it a larger amount, such as $200, because the exchange rate is so high. If you take out just $20, you’ll actually be losing money, so it’s just easier to take out larger sums less often.