At the language courses in London, I studied at the Frances King School , which is next to the Gloucester Road subway or South Kensington. I lived in the same district in the student residence.
Road to the school
The road from the residence to the school took me about 20-30 minutes on foot. It was possible to go by bus, but you had to wait, then stuck in a traffic jam. By the standards of London - it's very, very, very close. When later I entered the university and lived in a rented apartment, it took me an average of 2 hours a day to spend an average time.
The residence can not be occupied by foreign students under 18 years old. Therefore, if you are under 18, then you have to live only in the family, well, or you can choose a boarding school, for example Abbey College London. Here students study and live in the same building. You can still live on the school campus. Such small houses are made for groups of students. For example, one of the most worthy colleges of such a plan is Queen Ethelburgs College, located in York.
So, I lived in an English student dormitory. At the entrance there is a reception. On the sides there are plasma TVs, elevators. Also, there is a laundry room with washing machines and dryers, and a small gymnasium.
Each floor of the hostel is a long corridor, on each side there are student rooms and common rooms where students can chat, watch tv. Each room had 2 beds, two tables with chairs, two closets, a shower room with a toilet and a sink. The residences have their own rules. It is not allowed to let your friend or girlfriend stay at your place for a night. After 12 nights, there should be no stranger in the rooms. If you want someone to stay, pay, like in a hotel. Although, even if someone remains, it is unclear where he will sleep as there is no free place. Also, in addition to the bedroom and the room, there is also a kitchen at the disposal of students. The kitchens are not bad, there can be up to 6 people. In the refrigerator, the shelves are numbered and each student knows where-what-whose.
My roommate was an Italian, about 30 years old. A good guy and we quickly became friends. He was my guide to London life. It seems to me that in the first 2 weeks I met all the Italians living in the district. They were students, doctors, restaurant managers, models, and so on. Actually it was cool and interesting. In general, all this atmosphere contributes to constant communication, new acquaintances. People here quickly enter your life, but also quickly go out. I really enjoyed my time at school Francis King. Learn the language, get acquainted with different people from all over the world. You walk, you play football. 10 years have passed since that time, and I am still stay in touch with some guys from France, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan.
Sports in London
Before moving to England, I worried about how I would play sports: playing football, going to the gym. Here the sport culture is developed at the highest level, there are indoor and outdoor football fields, artificial and natural ones in parks. Students can enjoy gyms of any level, tennis courts, hockey grounds, horse riding, rugby and much more. It is absolutely normal to meet running people in the central London quarters disguised as a sports office clerk.
Restaurants, cafes, prices
They say that England is expensive. Yes dear, but again, depending on what to compare. Cafes in London is my weakness. I can not write about my favourite Pret a Manger. Before, after, during class, it's a sin not to go to Pret and not take your favourite cappuccino with anything. Under something I understand sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, croissants, etc. If you were not there, be sure to stop by and try the Ham and Cheese croissant! It's the best croissant I've ever tasted. There are awesome salads and soups, and everything is ready, simply, lies before you on the shelves.
When they say that there is bad food in England, I categorically disagree. So those who were in England did not eat anything there and where they were. You can find everything here: Russian cuisine, Argentine restaurants, Lebanese, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Greek, and other. And in supermarkets the variety of food is enormous. There are also so-called corner shops - small shops where you can buy any small things, including SIM cards on the phone. Mobile communication in England , in my opinion, is inexpensive.
Transport in London
Public transport, in my opinion, is better developed than in any other country. Convenient metro, buses, taxis at every corner. Double deckers are a miracle. You can climb to the second floor and admire sights of London . There are maps at all bus stops, you can see which route the bus number is on.
At first it is not clear, but you quickly get used to it. Well, if you do not like all these buses and metros, then all London taxis are at your disposal. I'll notice that it's not necessary to use cabs, there are a lot of other different companies. Travel by such a taxi on call will be 2 times cheaper.
Naturally, there are also car rental companies in England, if you are confident in your ability to drive on the left, you can rent a car of any kind: from small cars to Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.