Now you’ve secured your place at LCCA, you’ll need to start thinking about what you need to prepare to be ready to start your course in October. To help you get started, we’ve come up with seven things you should definitely consider before embarking on your creative journey!
Work out your student accommodation London
London is a vibrant and exciting city filled with opportunities for exploration. To get the most out of your University experience, make sure you secure student accommodation in an area that has good tube and rail links.
LCCA is located in Holborn; the closest tube stations are Holborn and Chancery Lane. Alternatively, the closest overground train station is Farringdon. Therefore, you’ll probably want to think about securing accommodation that allows you to easily travel into these stations. Students tend to live in the following areas of London: Camden, Kentish Town, Brixton and Shoreditch.
Secure your funding
Before arriving in London, you’ll need to have sorted your student loans. Dependent upon which country you live in, you’ll be able to get student finance to cover the cost of your tuition and living expenses. LCCA can even help you with more information on securing your student finance.
Get ahead with your reading
Already know which modules you’ll be taking? Why not get stuck into some of the course reading? This will help you feel more prepared and give you a flavour of what’s to come. If you can’t find a reading list for your course, you can try reading around the subjects you’re interested in to help you get into the studying mindset.
Research your local area
If you know where you’re going to be living, it’s worth investigating what’s in your local area. Do you know where your local supermarket is? Have you worked out where the cash points are? Most importantly, do you know how to get to university from where you live?
Understanding your local area will help you to feel more relaxed when you arrive at LCCA and will ensure you get the most out of your university experience. We recommend you look on Google Maps to scout out your new student accommodation London and work out what’s around.
Get a railcard or a bus pass
In 2019, London was ranked as the best city in the world in Tripadvisor’s annual Traveller’s Choice awards in the Destinations category. Whilst you’re studying, you’ll want to explore all that London has to offer from the iconic historical buildings to the abundance of eateries that line its streets. To make the most of the city, we recommend you source a railcard or a bus pass. This will save you money as students as often offered good rates on annual cards and passes.
Work out a budget
Budgeting is vital for surviving at university. Once you’ve secured your student finance, you’ll need to work out how much money you’re going to allocate to each expense. Remember to factor in items like food shopping, travel costs and the monthly rent you’ll be expected to pay on your accommodation.
Find a local doctor
If you’re coming to LCCA from somewhere in the UK, you’ll already have access to NHS services. However, you’ll need to register with a GP who is local to where you’re living. If you’re arriving from abroad, you’ll need to pay £300 to access NHS services. This fee will be paid when you apply for your UK visa.
Got questions about how to prepare for life at LCCA? You can get in touch with a member of our team using the following link: https://www.lcca.org.uk/contact/.