Say goodbye to America and hello to the city of tea drinking, pub crawling and Tube riding. Whether you stay six weeks or six months in London, your experience will be unforgettable.

Other guides offer tips for tourists and visitors to London. This site is for students like you who plan to live the London life while studying or interning in the city. It provides links to resources for finding pubs and clubs and also includes advice about what to pack and where to apply for a visa.

I know you have a lot on your mind as you prepare for your trip abroad. Although this site is full of advice, the most important tip I can give you is to relax and have fun. Don't worry about what other people think of you--do what you want to do during your trip and make the most of your experience.

Alright, now that I've given you the cheesy pep talk, let me tell you why I'm qualified to offer any advice at all. Last summer, I spent six weeks living in London and interning at NOW, a celebrity-gossip magazine. I had the opportunity to watch a photoshoot with a hot British actor, and I also learned about the value of social networking tools by compiling celebrity tweets for a feature article on Twitter. I lived in a flat in stylish South Kensington and formed close friendships with my roommates. The weather even remained surprisingly sunny!

If you're hesitant to trust the opinion of a mere student, don't worry. You won't just be hearing about my London experience. I've consulted with a study abroad adviser, the editor's personal assistant at NOW magazine and friends from my London trip. I've also provided links to other useful sites.

I can show you pictures and Web sites, but you won't understand how incredible London is until you see it for yourself. This city contains so much more than red phone booths and double-decker buses. It houses its own unique blend of modern and ancient culture. Enjoy your trip, and don't be afraid to immerse yourself in London's diverse culture.