Much like New York City, London is divided up into different neighborhoods or villages, each with their own unique assets that add the overall experience of London. These villages essentially represent the eclectic population that is brought together to make such a great city. They range from the classy, exclusive neighbors, to the overpopulated tourist attractions, or the quaint little neighborhoods to the new “up and coming” locations.
As a student at NYU London, you will be residing in the Islington area, just steps away from the King’s Cross and Euston train stations that can bring you to a plethora of fantastic eye-opening locations. Yet, even as you walk towards class you will begin to recognize a slight change as you now enter into Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is primarily known as the literary capital and walking around you will be overwhelmed by the number of book shops. Blocks away from the Academic Center are the British Museum, as well as Oxford Street, clad with innumerous shops and even more tourists! Angel Islington serves as the former home of Tony Blair. Take a stroll down the main stretch of Upper Street to find some great restaurants, pubs and shops. Camden is a bustling village, known primarily for the Camden Market, and is located just above the King’s Cross Area.
The weather in London is very unpredictable, so be prepared for all kinds of weather. The two main recommendations Londoners will offer are:(1) always carry a waterproof jacket or an umbrella ("brolly" as the English call it) and (2) dress in layers so you can be comfortable if the weather changes.
London experiences a relatively moderate change in temperature throughout the seasons. Winter lows rarely drop below freezing and tend to hover around the mid to low 40s. The warmer months, are not particularly warm either, with the average summer temperature being around 70, though temperatures do rise into the 90s on occasion.
London has an extensive public transportation system with the Tube and the bus. When you arrive in London it is highly recommended that you get an Oyster Card because the fares are cheaper with an Oyster Card. You pay a £3.00 deposit (which you get back when you return the card), and bus rides will cost you £1.00. Tube rides may vary depending on which “zone” you travel to and when you travel; however, most journeys will be within Central London, or “Zone 1,” and that costs £1.60 with an Oyster Card (as opposed to £4.00 without one).