20 Things Everyone Who Went To Uni In London Will Know To Be True
Studying in London is an experience like no other. That’s why only those who’ve done it will understand the following things.
1. The living situation wasn’t quite what you expected.
Whether you were in halls or you did that hellish flat share thing with strangers, you definitely expected a lot better from London. If you somehow managed to avoid dodgy plumbing, even dodgier landlords, and rent at a minimum of £750 per month, then congrats.
2. You had that “I’m going to conquer the world” moment.
Whether it was the first time you saw the lights at night or the first time you successfully navigated the tube without needing the map – just for a second, London made you feel like you could achieve anything you put your mind to.
3. Going on a night out is more complicated than you had ever anticipated or experienced.
“Ok, choose a place.” “WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHOICES??!!.” “Wait. £100 for entry? No thanks.” “Does it have deals on drinks? No? Really? Not even on shots?” “Where shall we pre-drink, north or south of the river?” “Where do you live? THAT’S REALLY FAR.” “Maybe we should just stay in?”
4. And getting home from a night out is even more complicated.
You’re far more likely to make a fool out of yourself in public here than anywhere else due to the many difficulties you’re faced with. Such as trying to find which Uber is yours in a sea of Ubers, missing the last tube by an actual second, and running after night buses that pulled away just as you got to the door.
5. You made a point of finding a coffee shop that would become your coffee shop.
And felt like you were commiting a betryal if you ever drank anywhere else.
6. And quickly embraced the fact that sleeping in public is perfectly acceptable.
If you can’t beat them, join them.
7. You have a tight group of friends because trying to make new friends in London is pretty hard.
It’s a big place, so hang on to those who know how crazy you are deep down and still love you.
8. Travelling in a car becomes a luxury.
When you go home for holidays, your family has these things called cars. Boxes on wheels that magically take you to places without being shoved by thousands of other humans. Crazy.
9. And takeaway food becomes a bigger part of your life than it has EVER been before.
Oh, Chicken Shop, Chicken Stop and Chicken….Hop? We ❤️ you.
10. Gracing the stage at Infernos is a rite of passage.
It smells bad and is horribly over-priced, but this club probably reminds you of the ones back home, so you gotta hit it up.
11. And the same goes for finishing an important essay in a late-night café.
Don’t even pretend it didn’t make you feel like you were in a cool indie film.
12. Going home makes you realise that you now move faster than everyone else.
The city life gets into your bones, and suddenly you are out-walking everyone and ensuring things are over-organised.
13. You have zero money. All of the time.
It’s not like you thought it would be cheap, but honestly the reality is almost a joke.
14. Going to visit your friends at other unis makes you realise how complicated being a student in London is.
They have endless student nights out to choose from, cheap accommodation and they don’t have to commute across a capital city every day. What were you even thinking?
15. Whether you loved or hated Fabric, you were kind of sad when it closed.
Still can't believe that Fabric's been closed
— Kane Parris (@KaneParris) September 7, 2016
16. You quickly learned to avoid Central London at all costs.
“No tourist attractions for me, tyvm.”
17. And you adopted some kind of vegan or vegetarian diet at some point in time.
Or at least considered it. It’s just so fashionable in London.
18. You’ll forever be haunted by the experiences you’ve had on the night bus.
We cannot speak of it.
19. But you secretly sort of love that you’re a proper, worldly city-kid* now.
*Or so you think, anyway.
20. And as much as you’ve complained about living there at times, you never really want to leave.
Once you’ve been in London for a while, everywhere else starts to feel pretty alien. The world is your oyster and your oyster card is everything. How could you ever live anywhere else now? LDN = ❤️