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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:

 

Transport

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.

 

Housing

Our Noticeboard has some adds and below are some more links.

Spareroom

Gumtree

Facebook has an unofficial RCA group

 

Studying

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

 

Exercise 

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.

 

Health

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. 

 

Discounts 

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. 

 

Employment

We post jobs on our Noticeboard

Get a National Insurance Number

And you might want to have a look at these.

Arts Jobs

Pay Interns

Mediargh

CharityJob

 

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

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Facebook group for new students

Student Handbook