12 Things Londoners Learn To Love About Not Studying In London
When you’re from London, venturing outside of the capital when you go to university can seem like a leap into the unknown. But here are some things you’ll definitely learn to appreciate when you’re away from home.
1. The cheapness of public transport compared to TfL.
2. And the novelty of not having to check whether you have your Oyster Card or not every time you go out.
3. Actually being able to see through the window when you’re on the train.
It sounds like no big deal but, when you’re used to the tube, it’s a massive deal.
4. And your proximity to an actual countryside, no matter where you are.
5. The significantly lower cost of living.
6. Particularly when it comes to drinking.
Because actually getting enough change back from £10 to buy not one, but three more drinks is witchcraft unheard of in London.
7. And the fact that you are now able to see the stars at night.
We Londoners have heard rumours of these tiny, glowing dots in the sky but we rarely get to see them for ourselves.
8. Being able to sleep without having to block out the sound of sirens and helicopters.
9. And having actual, friendly interactions with strangers.
It’s not that people in London aren’t friendly; we just don’t smile a lot at one another unless it’s code for “That guy on the train was really weird, right?!” So having people smile at you for no other reason than it being a nice day is so lovely it’s actually almost unnerving.
10. Widening your cultural and geographical awareness.
Londoners can give you three different routes to get to Victoria from Stratford, but our geographical knowledge of everywhere else often suffers as a result.