21 Pembridge Gardens
Tel: 020 7792 8751
Fax: 020 7792 8251
To The Office from These Airports
You have two options coming from Heathrow. More»
As with Heathrow, the express train is definitely easiest. More»
The Stansted Express is your best option here, More»
LUTON or other airports
There is no express train service from these airports,More»
1100 W. 42nd St., Suite 305 More»
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 1AE
tel: (011.44) 207.499.9000 More»
The British Council More»
International Students House
Overseas Visitors Records Office (Metropolitan Police)
Please also visit the ‘For Travelers’ links section (below).More»
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3345
Useful Telephone Numbers
Telephone operator: 100
Directory enquiries: 118118
International enquiries: 153
International operator: 155
The Council for International Education
9-17 St Albans Place
London N1 0NX
advice line: (011.44) 207.107.9922
Information and advice to all students.
London W1W 5PN
Accommodation and a social club for UK and international students.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
180 Borough High Street
London SE1 1LH
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Q: What is the best way to travel in the UK?
A: The British train system goes almost anywhere you desire in Britain. It is privatised with some 26 different passenger carriers. If you will be doing extensive tourism by train in Britain, consider investing in a BritRail pass. Alternatively, coaches are usually a cheaper option and may even give a better view of the countryside. They take about 50% longer than the trains to reach any given destination. See Wikipedia’s guide to the British Rail System for extensive history and franchise information. More links are under ‘For Travelers’ on this page. Alternatively, consider flying around the island. The larger British airports are in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin (ROI).
Q: What is the best way to travel around Europe?
A: There are numerous airlines that specialize in cheap flights around Europe, the two largest being RyanAir and EasyJet. See our links under ‘For Travelers’ for more information. If you are going to be visiting a large number of cities, look into Eurail (if you have not yet lived here six full months) or Inter-Rail (if you have) train passes for significant savings and flexibility.
Q: What are the 16-25 Railcard and Coachcards?
A: These cards give you discounts (of 1/3) for trains and coaches, respectively, throughout the UK. For both, you must be under 26 years old. The Railcard will cost about £26 for a year while the coachcard is priced at about £10. You can buy them online or at certain stations.
Q: Where can I store my luggage if I am not in residence?
A: Most students who are staying in halls of residence can arrange with their individual dorm staff or housing office at the beginning of their stay to store luggage over the holidays for a small charge. For those who cannot, there are various services that will store luggage in certain locations. Try the Drifters Club at firstname.lastname@example.org for one example.
FAQ: UK Living
Q: What do I need to know about cell phones in the UK?
A: First of all, ‘cell phone’ is completely unused terminology; ask for a ‘mobile phone’ instead. You will most likely find a mobile indispensable for social connectivity, especially with the widespread use of text messaging. If you are not staying for an entire twelve months you will probably want to get a Pay-As-You-Go plan which allows you to pay for only the calls you have used (at higher per-call rates, of course). Also, choose the same network as your friends because calls between phones of the same network are much less expensive. To sell the phone at the end of your stay, a good idea is to bring it home with you and offer it to students preparing to study in the UK soon.
Q: Where can I buy appliances and electronics?
A: The cheapest option for many of your needs will be your local Argos. This is a catalog ordering store that has everything from dish ware to sports equipment to computers to electronics and cables to furniture to appliances. Though you can use both the phone and the Internet to place your order, most people prefer to visit the store where they can immediately retrieve the item(s).
Great information for travelers: Boots’n’All
Coach trips around the UK : GTS Tours
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