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LONDON CALLING!. International Orientation 2012. Welcome to London!. Test your knowledge! Roughly how many languages are spoken in London? a.) 120 b.) 200 c.) 250. Welcome to London!. Answer: 250 – London is the most linguistically diverse city in the world!

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International Orientation 2012

Welcome to London!

  • Test your knowledge!

  • Roughly how many languages are spoken in London?

  • a.) 120

  • b.) 200

  • c.) 250

Welcome to London!

  • Answer: 250 – London is the most linguistically diverse city in the world!

  • 2.Where is the best underground station to spot mice?

  • a.) Waterloo

  • b.) Victoria

  • c.) King’s Cross

Welcome to London!

  • Answer: Waterloo…apparently!

  • And finally…

  • 3.How many bathrooms are there in Buckingham Palace?

  • a.) 15

  • b.) 78

  • c.) 126

Where to start?!

  • Get to know your surrounding area

  • Consult My Campus and My Local Area guides

  • Make the most of Students’ Union and College events in the first few weeks

  • Explore with new friends

  • Find out what’s free!

  • Try out different places – food, entertainment etc.

  • Make a list of all the things you really want to do, and start doing them!

  • *(The answer was 78, by the way!)


  • Expansive network through London of:

    • Underground

    • Bus

    • Train

    • Taxi

    • River Transport

    • Tram

  • Student Oyster cards – apply online. Gets you 30% off weekly/monthly passes. Upload these onto your card.

  • Young Person’s Railcard 30% discount on trains – useful if travelling out of London

  • (But never forget to pay your fare!)

  • Top Tips – Transport

    • Buy an A-Z so you don’t get lost!

    • Use your student discount – cheaper to get a weekly/monthly travel card if you are travelling on public transport most days

    • Buses: much cheaper than tubes! Buy a bus pass rather than a full travel pass if you only use buses

    • Always ensure you know an alternative route to College/home in case of problems on public transport

    • For travelling around the UK: Young Persons Railcard (trains) or try the Megabus! (£1 fares to UK cities!)

    • Never try and dodge your fare – you could get fined!

    Things to do and see

    • Students’ Union – clubs, societies, volunteering and events

    • Museums and galleries – over 300 in London!

    • Concerts, plays, musicals, cinema

    • Football, the London Marathon and other sporting events

    • Festivals and other events

    • Public parks

    • Public Buildings and Monuments

    • Pubs, clubs and eating out

    • Trips and tours around the UK & Europe

    What’s Free?

    • Most major museums and galleries including:

    • Tate Modern and Tate Britain

    • National Gallery

    • British Museum

    • Imperial War Museum

    • Victoria and Albert Museum

    • Natural History Museum and Science Museum

    • (You will usually need to pay for special exhibitions.)

    What else?

    • BBC TV and radio tickets – watch a show being recorded. See for tickets

    • Free concerts:

    • Open air concerts in the summer, including Somerset House and the National Theatre (Both near King’s!)

    • Free lunchtime concerts at music venues such as the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall – look in Time Out for information.

    • Free lunchtimes classical concerts in local churches, including St John’s Waterloo and St Martin in the Field

    And what’s cheap?

    • Cinemas – much more expensive in Central London; cheaper on weekday afternoons. Student discounts!!

    • Theatres often run student offers/last minute offers

    • Even restaurants often offer student discounts, so always check just in case!

    • Lidos – outdoor pools which are cheap for swimming and wonderful in summer!

    • Students’ Union facilities – cheaper than public facilities

    • Lower-division football matches and league and twenty20 cricket matches

    Top Tips – Going Out

    • Get your NUS card and always ask about student discounts. Are there other loyalty cards you could get?

    • Find out what’s free

    • Visit KCLSU’s Welcome Fair and sign up to mailing lists to find out about discounts and special events

    • Keep an eye on what’s going on in the Union

    • Get to know your local area and check out the area guides – is there a cheap cinema nearby?

    • London’s great for gigs and events – make the most of it!!

    Top Tips – Going Out

    • Evening Standard and Metro (free!) and Time Out magazine and website

    • Half-price ticket booth at Leicester Square

    • Sign up to venue mailing lists/Facebook for notifications

    • Freebies and discounts –

    • Ticket exchange -

    • Meal deals –

    • Returns at venues – best seats for lowest price!

    • BBC filming and recording –


    • Big supermarkets often cheaper for essentials. Major supermarkets: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA (Walmart) and Morrisons. Waitrose is more expensive.

    • Argos is very cheap for essentials like kettles and crockery – large store on New Oxford Street

    • Lots of markets in London. Great for bargains!

    • Lots of second hand bookshops – check out Charing Cross Road and Marchmont Street (WC1 – near ULU)

    • Waterstone’s Gower Street – biggest academic bookstore in London

    • Sales – check out Oxford Street and Westfield!

    Don’t forget…

    • If you have a television it is against the law not to have a television licence. For information and to get a licence go to or pick up a form in our information room

    • Even if you are in College halls of residence MAKE SURE YOU GET INSURANCE!!! If you don’t and your belongings are stolen or damaged you will lose a lot of money –

    Utilities and Services

    • Shop around for good deals (price comparison websites)

    • For those of you in private accommodation you may have to pay for utilities (e.g. gas and electricity)

    • Save money – call using Skype

    • Go to Carphone Warehouse or Phones4U for deals from different providers – more options!

    • Direct Debit discounts for your bills

    • Be careful of special deals – they are often only cheap for the first few months!

    Top Tips – Shopping

    • Find your nearest large supermarket and check out own-brands

    • Check out some price comparison websites for the best deals for mobile phones, utilities etc.

    • Check out your local area for local shops/markets

    • Check for student discounts in shops – even some major store such as Top Shop and HMV have student discounts

    • Make sure you get insurance!


    • Student Centres at Guy’s, Strand or Waterloo:

    • Get information on joining Sports Clubs, Societies, Volunteering

    • Take part in activities

    • Buy tickets for (cheap!) events

    • Find part-time work in the Union

    • Get a drink or a coffee and relax

    • Get Academic Advice and support

    • Don’t forget to go to the Welcome Fair – 20th and 21st September at the Barbican! FREE ENTRY!


    • University of London Union in Malet Street (near Goodge Street tube and Senate House Library)

    • Free membership for King’s students!

    • Lots of facilities onsite, including a large swimming pool and a gym

    • Clubs, societies and activities in addition to those offered by King’s

    International Students House

    • You are all members – FREE!!

    • Travel club – trips around the UK and Europe!

    • Regular events – talks, dinners, quizzes, karaoke nights, traditional Christmas party

    • Great facilities – gym, bar, restaurant, student accommodation

    HOST programme

    • Great way to see other parts of the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

    • Stay with a British family

    • Visits last Friday-Sunday. Christmas visits also available – apply well in advance

    • First visit FREE! You just pay your travel

    • Can go on a visit alone or with your family/friends

    • To find out more or apply, visit

    Useful Links:




    • and

      Discounts and deals:

    • NUS card -



    • Price comparison –

    • Us! –


    • If you are unhappy, looking for more information, or have a problem and need help or advice…

    • You’re probably not the only one!

    • Don’t ignore the issue

    • Don’t pay someone for advice

    • Do make use of the services at King’s:

    • Student Advisers, Counsellors, the Compass, Chaplains and the Students’ Union are here to help!

      – all free, confidential and impartial

    My London

    You find no man, who is at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. When a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.” (Samuel Johnson)

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