So, lets go. I’m a Brazilian 21 years old girl and I’m going to England around May or June 2012 to study English during 6 months.
I’m reading, reading and reading, but it's hard to choose! D:
I’m looking for a place that have nice nightlife and a community of students, not huge city (like London) and easy to walk around, I mean, I don’t want to depend *spend* (too much) of transport.
I think about:
Brighton – But I heard it’s expensive as London, isn't it?
Manchester – Too big?
Nottingham - Deserves the nickname shottingham?
Liverpool - not sure.
I thought about Bristol/Sheffield/Newcastle, but haven’t English schools that i can study. So…
Ah, I want to travel around Europe too. Then, the city needs to be near of an airport/bus station.
I accept other suggestions!
Thank you very much and i'm sorry for the mistakes! :D
A shame there isnt an English school here in Bristol. Its a great city to live in! Bournmouth sounds like a good option though
You might be interested in reading this thread about the best cities to live in in England. It's rather epic and probably will leave you just more confused at the end But at least you'll have a lot of opinions to consider.
Is there any possibility of moving around, or will you need to be at the same school the whole time?
Yeah, i've read it too. And I'm confused. *cry*
After all, opinions are very personal/subjective.
I'll study during the week and have free weekends. And maybe 15 days to travel around Europe.
Now I'm more between Bournemouth, Oxford and Manchester.
I've never been to Europe, so, i haven't idea how is the transport there.
For example, is easy/cheap Oxford to London?
I mean, if i buy the tickets in advance, considering Bournemouth/Oxford/Manchester, it'll be always cheaper? Or there's cities that the transport is more expensive usually?
Transport is not necessarily cheap, but certainly easy and quick by my standards.
Some quick research: Oxford to London is an hour's journey by train (leaves every 30 mins) and costs about £22.
I travel about an hour into Melbourne three days a week and that doesn't feel like a long time. But it does cost a lot less than £22 each way!
Depends on how often you might want to visit London weighed up against the savings you can make in living costs.
Hey Electric Eye,
I'm from the UK, I come from south west London. I'm currently residing in southern China, which is very different!
Bournemouth is a fun town and it's a costal town so there are lots of beautiful places in and around it to go and visit, although the weather is pretty rubbish in England the beaches are beautiful. It's a university town so there is copious students and lots of night life to be enjoyed there. My younger brother has recently decided to go study there, partly swayed by a mental new years eve he spent there that was reminiscent of The Hangover.
Manchester is a lot bigger and much more of a metropolitan city. There is great places for cultural stuff, shopping, eating and again absolutely loads of nightlife to be enjoyed. Manchester is sort of a more compact version of London as there is so much there, but in a way it's a lot nicer. Again it's another big university city so there will be lots of students there.
Oxford I'm afraid I don't know a lot about.
There is a vast difference in the people in Manchester and say Oxford and Bournemouth, as the latter are southeners. But regardless all still friendly people and you'll find with most university towns there will be a huge mix of people from various countries and walks of life.
Transportwise Manchester airport would be more international than any other town, but train links around the Uk are very good so it wouldn't be difficult to get from Bournemouth or Oxford into any other city to fly. Trains can sometimes be very expensive if they are not booked well in advance but if you are studying then you will be able to get a student railcard which will make you eligible for really good discounts.
Also if you are really budgeting there is always the coach! It takes twice as long as the train but if you can grin and bear it you'll be well off as the fares are ridiculously cheap! They can be as low as £7!
Wish you all the best for your move and hope to enjoy the UK.
Just a bit of info....I recently went on a coach from Bristol to London and back and it only cost £5.00. When i travel to Newcastle or Manchester i always use planes and if you book well in advance the prices are quite reasonable.
I live in Cambridge and it is a really beautiful city that you would definitely enjoy visiting. It's great for walking around and I'm sure you will love it! You won't get bored in Cambridge. I take it for granted just how nice a city it is
Wow, thank you guys! Your advices help me alot!