My experiences in the big city
When I first moved to London there were many things I was worried about, for example, moving into student accommodation, making new friends and settling into my course. However, they were very tiny worries compared to how I was going to get around London. My big fear was the Tube…there was nothing that scared me more!
However, 6 months down the line, I’m running backwards and forwards around London on the Tube as if I have never been scared of it. However, I do believe that is due to the fact that I have fantastic friends who always make sure I am okay whenever we get on a Tube. I also think it helps that I have got an app on my phone to tell me exactly what Tube line I need to get on to go wherever I want to go.
The other fear I had to overcome was the amount of people. Derby is my hometown which isn’t a huge city so most of the time you can get around without someone bumping into you or running towards you. But I knew in London this was going to be guaranteed! The nice thing about staying in Liberty Living’s student accommodation is its central location, plus it’s fairly quiet the majority of the time so you never have to face on coming people or traffic. Which is great as I don’t really venture into central London unless I have to?
Moving away from family, friends and my hometown was always going to be hard, but again I’ve surprised myself… I’m more independent than I originally thought! Before I moved to London I was used to always having someone around or more to the point, someone to make sure I got up in the morning and make it to college/work but that all disappeared. However, I seem to have coped very well with doing that myself, which I’m really pleased about.
I guess you would also probably expect me to be scared of crime when living in London, but that was the only thing that I wasn’t bothered about. I am one of those people who believe if something is going to happen to you, it will happen for a reason, so I don’t let the fear of crime scare me. I just plod along and hope I’m not in the wrong place at the wrong time.
So, I have learned how to cope on my own, but I couldn’t have done it without the help and support from my new found friends here in London and the fantastic Liberty Living staff.
Posted on 1st April 2014 by Jessica H.
Jessica H. is a 1st year Journalism undergraduate staying at one of Liberty Living’s 5 student residences in London. She has been writing a variety of blogs about being a student and living in student accommodation.