Hey USWIB! I’m Claire, and I’m a sophomore studying Business and Political Economy. I studied abroad in London last semester, and I’m back for another exciting semester! This time around, I fully intend on doing all the London-y things I could possibly do.
Personally, I think that London is pretty similar to New York, but with a slight European flair (and they drive on the wrong side of the road). In terms of getting around, London is a very spread out city, but there’s always the Tube or the classic red bus.
I’m living in Byron Court, which is a 15-minute walk to campus and a 10-minute walk to Kings Cross, which will pretty much take you wherever you want to go. The area is really quiet and beautiful, which is a nice break from the busy streets of New York. NYU London’s campus is situated in Bedford Square, which is right next to the British Museum (and the Rosetta Stone!).
In terms of classes, I’m taking Foundations of Finance, Management & Organizations, International Political Economy, and A History of London. The history class is super cool because you get to see London in a whole new light. What makes it even cooler is the fact that we have walking tours throughout the semester, and sometimes we just pop into the British Museum at the end of class to see the artifacts that we were just talking about.
So far, I’ve visited Oxford to see a friend studying there. London is awesome and there’s a ton to do, but it’s always nice to go to the countryside, relax, and see a bit of nature. I’ve also gone to Windsor Castle through an NYU-organized trip (and the Queen happened to be there on the same day). It was really chilly; in fact, it even snowed. Still, the castle was beautiful.
With BPE, we also went to Budapest to learn about transition economies. After the lectures and company visits were over, we had plenty of time to explore the city. Some of the highlights include the Széchenyi thermal baths and the coolest bar ever: Szimpla Kert. Budapest is definitely my favorite place that I’ve visited so far.
I also took a solo trip to Belfast recently, and I would highly, highly recommend travelling alone at least once. Also, if you are studying in London, it’s really easy to get caught up in wanting to travel all around Europe. But there’s also a ton of cool cities and beautiful scenery around the UK as well.
Outside of school and travelling, I also play water polo at University College London. NYU gives us free membership to UCL Union, so you can join any club you want. This has probably been my favorite experience of London so far. It’s a really awesome opportunity to meet British students and sneak in a little exercise too.
More than a month of the semester has passed, and it has really flown by. Even though I’m looking forward to finally returning to New York, London really has become a third home for me (after California and NYC, of course). If you have any questions about Stern, BPE, or London, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Cheers!