Okay, so you’ve just landed in London. Ready for your upcoming months of studying abroad in a place you thought only existed in movies. You’ve got this. You leave your terminal and briskly follow the sign that says “Underground”, whatever that means. You reach the gate and read…”tap in?" Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your complete guide to....
LONDON CITY TRANSPORT
So when you first land you’ll need to buy something called an Oyster. It looks something like this.
As soon as you land head to your nearest Ticket machine, or if you don’t mind the wait most corner shops will sell you one. You can choose to "top up" with as much money as you wish, simply tapping in for your journey and tapping out, with your fee deducted based on the distance you travelled. Most journeys average between £1.50- £2.40, but there's a daily cap between £8.20- £12 depending on how far you travel, so you'll never end up breaking the bank when you're out and about. This will be your backup method of transport, but for a massive deal saver you’ll want to get a...
2) Student Oyster
Once you get your bank account sorted (and can finally remember how to write the pound symbol) you can opt for contactless travel using your bank card. Just add it to your Apple Wallet or Android and you’re set!
4) Travel Card
If you’re more of a homebody (which we doubt you would be living in London) it might be cheaper to opt for a travel card on your days of L town exploration. Tickets tickets start at around £12 for journeys covering most of London.
So there you have it, your mini transport guide to the city. Giving you one last thing to worry about while you make the most of that #internationalstudentlife. Just remember to tap in.