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Before You Arrive

We have tried to think ahead, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. As soon as we have received your completed registration, we will send you detailed information about your course, and accommodation if you have booked it, as well as the relevant guidelines.

For now though, here are some things you need to consider:

Think about travel before you arrive. It could save you money and time. Many visitors opt for the Visitors Oyster Card but you must order it before you travel to London Visitors Oyster Card

 Check if you need to renew your European Health Insurance - EHIC card. A hospital visit could be very expensive without it. See in the Insurance (Health & Travel) below.


While an EHIC card allows EEA and Swiss nationals to receive free or reduced cost medical treatment, it is not a substitute for travel insurance as there are several things it does not cover, such as repatriation, air ambulances, certain types of procedure, emergency accommodation and transport.


 You might want to consider travel insurance. Better safe than sorry! See in the Insurance (Health & Travel) below.
We advise all students to take photocopies of all travel documents and flight tickets. They are easier to replace if lost or damaged.


Plan your stay. London is a vibrant city with a lot to offer. Check out Visit London Guide

Our Travel Tips below will give you all the information you need about the various transport methods in London

Your First Day

On your first day please bring:
Your Passport (or EU ID)
Notebook, pen or pencil 
Confirmation of Enrolment
Your love for learning and a smile!


After a warm welcome from the Lexis team you will be shown to your class and meet your fellow students


Level Assessment Interview 
You will be placed in a class based on the information you have provided during registration. Your teacher will know that it is your first lesson and so will monitor your progress carefully. After your first class, you will have a level assessment interview with the Director of Studies/ member of the academic management team, which will help us ensure the correct level.

Travel Tips for London Visitors / Think Different


The cheapest way to get around in Central London is walking, however be careful when crossing the street.

Markings on the roads help you remember which direction to look. Just look down before you cross.

In the UK, we drive on the left so take care crossing the road. Read this information carefully. It is written for children, but useful for adults also: Green Cross Code



Many visitors opt for the Visitors Oyster Card but you must order it before you come. Visitors Oyster Card
Types of transportation in London:
The Tube  Watch what everybody else does and copy them, especially on escalators on the tube during rush hour when it’s very busy
Red Buses Put your arm out to signal a bus to stop. Standing at the bus stop not putting your arm out makes you look like you're waiting for a different bus
Uber  You need to download the Uber App / Don't travel alone in the evenings
Taxis/ minicabs
Santander Bikes
Overground Trains
Download the CityMapper app before coming to London: Citymapper App
Have a look at the various downloadable maps London's Free Maps 


Insurance (Health & Travel)

Travel insurance

We highly recommend you arrange full travel insurance cover before arriving in the UK. The National Union of Students (NUS) recommends Endsleigh


Health insurance

If you're a visitor from an EU country and you fall ill or have a medical emergency during your temporary stay in England, you can continue to use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 


What will happen in 2021?

The deal on the future relationship between the EU and the UK was announced on 24 December . It says that all EHIC cards issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until their expiry date.

After that, the UK will issue a replacement which the UK government says will be called the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), but there are no further details yet on how to obtain it.

Like EHIC, the new card will cover chronic or existing illnesses and routine maternity care as well as emergencies.

However the UK government still advises that you should buy travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go on holiday.


What about health cover for EU citizens living in the UK?


EU nationals who were living in the UK before the end of 2020 will be able to continue using the NHS for their healthcare while resident here.


Healthcare deals with non-EU countries


The UK has reciprocal health deals with a few non-EU countries, including Australia and New Zealand, under which visitors can receive urgent treatment at a reduced cost or for free.

In other words, visitors are treated as if they are resident of the country in question.

But unlike the EHIC, the agreements do not cover pre-existing conditions.



Opening a UK Bank Account

It is possible for students to open a bank account in the UK.

Documents required:

  • Passport
  • Bank letter from the school (use the letter request form & hand it in at reception)
  • Sometimes you can be asked for proof of address (bills for example)


  • Try banks in areas which are not too busy
  • If unsuccessful with a bank, don’t give up, just try another one
The following banks have branches in Finchley: Barclays, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds TSB & NatWest.


More and more students open online bank accounts. The most popular amongst students is Monzo

Approximate costs of leisure activities

London is an expensive city to live in and prices for different activities can vary enormously, depending on when you do them and the exact location.
Some places will have a discount price for students, so remember to take your Lexis Student ID with you!

The table below gives you a idea of how much you can expect to spend:

Activity Approximate Cost
Pub visit From £6 per pint of beer / glass of wine
Lunch (in a cafe) From £6
Dinner/ evening meal in a fast food restaurant From £6
Dinner/ evening meal in a restaurant From £20
Cinema ticket From £6 - £15
Bowling From £7
Theatre ticket From £25
Museums / Attractions Many are free to enter; with £5 - £25 charges for special exhibitions


Gabriel - one of our 1st Full Time English language students - 2012 

See Gabriel's video here

Queen's Guard

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