A massive part of studying abroad as an international student is experiencing a new culture, ticking off the best spots in your new home and meeting different people. The UK is jam-packed with a variety of things to see and do, although it is a relatively small country.
There are plenty of unique sights, activities and experiences from the beaches of Brighton in the south of England to the mountain landscapes of Scotland to keep you busy during your studies. Here are five things you have to try during your study abroad experience in the UK.
Explore free museums and galleries in London: London is the UK’s capital city and home to 8.9 million people which is bursting with entertainment, art and diverse experiences.
There are many world-famous museums and art galleries that make it a hub of culture and history to visit during your studies. You can see the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum which are situated next to each other.
The Tate Britain Art gallery houses a range of exhibitions to feast your eyes and the best thing about museums and art galleries in London is that they are totally free. Thus, if you are on a student budget, London’s cultural scene can be explored without worrying about your wallet.
Eat a roast dinner: The UK has a lot of cuisines to offer just like any other country and there are certain foods which are particularly popular and commonly associated with the UK.
The most well-loved British dish is a roast dinner and it includes roast potatoes, meat like beef, lamb or chicken, vegetables, cauliflower in cheese sauce, Yorkshire pudding and gravy which is a meat-based sauce. These dishes may be different from what you are used to but they are definitely worth trying while you are in the UK.
Go surfing in Cornwall: People from all over the UK flock to Cornwall for a relaxing getaway as it is located in the southwest of England, resting on rugged cliffs and being home to the longest stretch of coastline in the country. Cornwall is famous for Cornish pasties, Cornish fudge and charming fishing villages and is one of the best spots for surfing.
You can take a lesson with a trained instructor even if you’ve never tried it before and enjoy riding the waves on the shores of Cornwall. This is an energizing activity with a mixture of fun which can be finished off with a cup of tea on the beach followed by a portion of Cornwall’s infamous chips and fish.
Try punting in Cambridge: You can see Cambridge in the best way by punting down the River Cam which is basically a small, narrow boat that you can hire to glide along the water and see the beautiful architecture that Cambridge has to offer.
Cambridge is often ranked among the top universities in the world and the city is famous for housing the University. By punting, you can also have a guided tour to see the grand college buildings.
Punting is perfect in the warmer months from May-September and provides a unique experience when the scenery is looking its best and you can sit back and relax in the sun.
You can also listen to some of the history of punting and Cambridge itself if you choose to do a guided tour. Cambridge is also easily accessible with trains connecting the city to many other parts of the country which is a perfect way to enjoy the city while you are in the UK.
Visit the Roman Baths: The Roman baths are located in Bath which is a picturesque city located in Somerset in southwest England with beautiful architecture and thermal hot springs.
It is often considered a hub of relaxation and wellness and outside of the baths, you can immerse yourself in the city’s extensive history as you will have the opportunity to walk on the same pavements that the Romans walked 2,000 years ago.
Make sure that you check out Prior Part and the Royal Crescent along with the plenty of restaurants and cafes that Bathhouses for all types of foodies. Bath is just an hour and a half train ride away from London and it is well-connected to other major cities.