Monday, September 28, 2009

Health, Safety & Travelling

London offers one of the world class facilities in HealthCare and international student can benefit from affordable high quality health care services.

Students on courses lasting 6 months or more can get treatment from the National Health Service (NHS). You will not have to pay for hospital treatment, but you may have to pay for some dental treatment and a standard charge for medicines prescribed by a doctor, depending on your income.

For further information from UKCISA about this topic, including information for if your course is for less than 6 months, download the Guidance Notes, Welfare Benefits and Keeping Healthy.

London is generally a safe city to visit and study. Government agencies including London Metropolitan Police department work day & night to protect Londoners and visitors to the capital from crime, fire, accidents and other emergencies

As with any unfamiliar city, it is important to ensure you are aware of the basic safety and security issues. Much of the advice is common sense, but it you should take a moment to familiarise yourself with the basics.

Some of the website providing comprehensive information on the safety issues:

London is the gateway to the world with more flights and connections to destinations worldwide than any other city. Student can also take advantage of London's high-speed train links to get to mainland Europe in just over two hours.

While studying in London you can also explore the rest of the UK with a multitude of train and coach journeys regularly departing from all over London.

Travelling in London has also never been easier or cheaper for students. Students can get an Oyster Card and obtain a discount of 30% on a variety of travel cards. For further information go to the Transport for London web site where you can also plan your journey around the city.

Once you are in London, you can jump on the world famous 'tube' and head underground for the quickest and easiest way to get around. Or take in the streets of London with trip on one of London’s red double-decker buses, or take a ride on London’s famous black cabs and travel in style and enjoy a classic London experience

If you want to see the sights, hit the streets and walk around central London. You'll be amazed at just how close together the sights and shops of London really are. Visit to plan your routes ahead of your arrival.

Before departure, download the Study London Map which shows you where all universities are located together with London’s world famous attractions.

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