If you’re going to be spending three or more months in Europe, consider renting a flat. It’s a great way to live like a local and can actually save you money. If you’re staying with a group, a flat is definitely the way to go. Check online to find rental agencies and private landlords, compare prices, and read reviews. Craigslist, London Guest Suites, and Homes & Property are great websites to start your search.
Living in a flat will give you privacy (unlike a hostel), a kitchen, and the opportunity to explore local bars and restaurants. Some flats come with free Internet access, but don’t expect a washing machine. Many flats have a minimum stay of six or twelve months. If you’re staying in Europe long-term, this shouldn’t be an issue. Most flats in London come furnished.
London’s rental market is quite competitive nowadays. Here are some tips for renting a flat:
Many individuals attend college in a foreign country not only to earn a prestigious degree, but also to experience different cultures. A business degree is a valuable tool to have in today’s tough job market.
A business degree will:
- Teach you skills useful for any career
- Improve your teamwork, time management, problem-solving, and leadership skills
- Give you opportunities to travel
- Prepare you for life
- Help you structure your personal finances
Whether you want to go for a basic accounting degree or pursue an MBA, earning a business degree is never a bad idea.
Earning a degree is a different experience in Europe than in the US. Whereas US applicants are pressured to show uniqueness, European applicants are asked to show why they are interested in a particular subject. Along with standardized test scores, European schools look at leadership skills and motivation. If you mention an extracurricular activity, it better be related to your intended field of study.
European schools are focused on education – there are no mascots, school colors, or football teams. This “no frills” approach to learning enables universities to be cheap (sometimes free!). While American professors are easily approachable and viewed as mentors, European professors lecture in great halls while standing on a raised platform. Which school you attend should depend on your personal goals.
Here are the top three business schools in Europe:
#3: Saïd Business School (Oxford, UK)
Here’s a fun fact: just three months after they graduate, the average alumni is earning six figures (maybe these are people staying in Europe’s luxury golf resorts later in life)! Oxford’s prestigious business school is known for producing programmers. The school is divided into three sections: Business, Finance, and Management. Graduate students can earn their MBA in one year at SBS. In 2006, SBS launched a series of programs in which students can earn one of three diplomas in just 18 months. In 2013, SBS’s MBA program was ranked 24th in the world, 3rd in the UK, 6th in “The Best International MBA Programs” (Forbes), and 5th in “International Business Schools” (Business Week).
#2: London Business School (London, UK)
LBS is the UK’s top business school. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 business schools in the world. A competitive school, LBS offers many different business degrees including MBAs and PhDs. Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is perhaps the school’s most famous degree. It is a master’s program developed for senior executives and professionals. Most Sloan Fellows have 15 years of experience under their belts before they start the program. The degree is full time and takes one year to complete. LBS also has a campus located in Dubai.
#1: INSEAD (Paris, France)
It’s not easy to get into INSEAD. Students must score 702 or higher on the GMAT (one point higher than the score required to get into LBS). This global graduate school is famous for its MBA program. It also offers a Master of Finance, a PhD in Management, and many other executive programs. Because INSEAD has campuses in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, students have the unique opportunity to study in three different continents. Alumni have endless opportunities because INSEAD shares career services with Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Kellogg School of Management in the US.
Hotel rooms and apartment prices in London are some of the most expensive in Western Europe. If you are planning a trip to the capital city it maybe worth considering staying at one of the many affordable bed and breakfasts in London. One of the huge advantages at staying at a B&B is that you will be staying with local people and very often within their own home. You will receive that warm welcome that corporate chain hotels simply do not provide. Choosing the right B&B can sometimes be a challenge, below are a few you may like to consider if you are looking for affordable bed and breakfasts in London.
The B&B Belgravia is a boutique style bed and breakfast situated in Ebury Street. It is close to the fashionable Sloane Street with all its high end designer stores. If you are visiting London during the Chelsea Flower Show this would be an ideal place for an overnight stay. The rooms are modern with crisp linen and very functional. There are either a double or twin bed, flat screen television and free wi-fi. Some of the rooms have both a bathtub and shower. One of the most important features of a B&B and what will make a good B&B great is the breakfast. At this establishment they offer a full English breakfast using organic produce. There is also a continental breakfast buffet. With prices from just £65 it is great value but to get the best rates you do need to book early.
If you wanted to stay in North London, near to Hampstead Heath yet only ten minute tube (subway) ride from Buckingham Palace then you may like to consider Charlotte Guest House. It is very much in a residential area with lots of nice bars, restaurants nearby as well as having a bit of a country feel because of the greenery of the heath. This establishment would suit students, solo travelers as well as families. They do have a couple of family rooms. This clean comfortable B&B offers stays from £21 per person per night, with a hot English breakfast included it is affordable and super value.
If you need a good affordable bed and breakfast near to Gatwick airport then take a look at Masslink Guest House which is in a traditional Victorian house. It is also a great location for those who maybe visiting Reigate or Gatton Park. The rooms are comfortable and there is a cozy breakfast room where a full English breakfast is served. With rooms from £30 per night it is great value for money.