So you’ve just moved to London or, maybe you’ve lived here for a while before deciding to pursue an MA or PhD. Either way, we would like to welcome you to our tight-knit postgraduate school of artists and designers.
Be prepared for the best and most intense time of your life in one of the greatest cities in the world.
At the beginning of the year, we gave a talk and ran through our personal knowledge of London. It’s a big city… and after many years we’re still getting to grips with it!
You can watch it back or, in summary, we’ve got a lot of links for you that should make the city easier and more pleasurable to navigate... so here we go:
Citymapper is a great app, it'll tell you how to get everywhere in the city by vaious modes of transport, how long it takes and how much it costs.
It’s 2020, so wear a mask and sanitise. Please follow the Gov rules. They are constantly changing.
Always get a licenced taxi.
Cycling is awesome, make sure you’re safe, know the road rules and get your bike checked by a bike shop or you'll find Dr Bike free surgeries around the city occasionally.
Railcards save you money on trains.
Student Oyster saves you money on weekly/ monthly tube and bus passes.
Our Noticeboard has some adds and below are some more links.
Facebook has an unofficial RCA group
There are some very nice libraries in London and we recommend visiting them (Covid-19 permitting).
The British library
Sconul membership gives you access to lots of libraries
We have some sporty societies!
Football | Freewheelers | Soma: Body-Centred Design | Street Dance | Walkative
There are 3000 parks in London, this is where you’ll find people working out!
Gyms, pools and local leisure centres should do discounts for students. We (personally) recommend local leisure centres.
Please put your mental and physical health above everything.
NHS is a great service that we’re (as you probably know) very proud of... do use it!
111 - call this number if you have an urgent medical problem and you're not sure what to do and/or you have Covid-19 symptoms. It's free to call.
999 - call this if there is an emergency, you will be put through to the police, fire department and/or ambulance service. It's free to call
Doctors - register with a GP
Walk-in clinics are also available for medical needs.
Register for a dentist
Sexual Health London provides free and discreet home STI testing.
Totum gets you money off things. Worth getting a card!
London Graphic Centre have a discount week from the 26 Oct!
Most supermarkets have a ‘meal deal’ so you can get grab-n-go lunch for cheaper as part of a package.
Most places have a student membership and/or discount so it’s always worth asking or double-checking or asking if there's a discount.
We post jobs on our Noticeboard.
Get a National Insurance Number
And you might want to have a look at these.
Exhibitions & resources
See Saw app is pretty good
Time Out will give you a good idea of what’s on.
Lux does a weekly newsletter with moving image events
Further info & Social links
Facebook group for new students