Cultural Immersion IconLooking for ways to really get to know London and the UK? Spend your weekend living with a British family, get involved in a UK university club, or meet up with other international students to go traveling around the country! We've got loads of suggestions on cheap and free things to do to really immerse yourself in the British way of life. Not sure where to start? Visit us in the Student Life office in Foundation House - we have the latest copy of Time Out, travel books, and our own personal advice for making the most out of your time in London! 


FIE Travel Books

Pop down to the Student Life Office where we have a number of books on London, the UK, Europe & beyond. These books are a fantastic way of finding out more about the place you’re studying in and seeing parts of it off of the usual tourist track.  Our favorite is ‘Tired of London, Tired of Life: One Thing a Day to do in London’!

Host UK

HOST UK promotes international friendship and understanding by arranging for international students to meet UK residents in their homes. Stay with a host family for the weekend to get out of your comfort zone, learn more about life in the UK, enjoy home cooked meals, explore new parts of the country, share your culture, and form lifelong friendships.

Imperial College Union (ICU)

You can use your ICU associate membership card* to join one of over 300 student clubs and societies or to attend one of their special events like their yearly Superbowl screening.

International Students House (ISH)

ISH is a hub for international students in London and all FIE students are members! Attend talks, club nights, karaoke, pub quizzes and cultural events throughout the week, or make new friends while seeing new places with the ISH Travel Club.

Lectures, Talks, and Workshops

Learn outside of the classroom with our guide to free or cheap lectures, talks, and workshops across London.


Meetup brings people together to do more of what they want to do in life. Food, film, fitness, fashion  - Meetup have a social group for you whatever your interests.

Orchestra Vitae (OV)

OV aims to break the boundaries of formality between the orchestra and audience while connecting with people from all walks of life through music. Former FIE RLS Michael Cobb co-founded OV and is now the orchestra’s conductor.  Students away from their home campus are welcome to rehearse with OV during their program with FIE. These opportunities are usually available in March and November and students who have taken part over the last 5 years have had some amazing musical experiences. 


Food, art and a whole load of fun events all over the capital – don’t forget to check out the Free London page where you can find amazing things to do without breaking the bank! Pick up your free copy every Tuesday at any tube station in London. Click here to find out which other European cities TimeOut operates in too, including UK cities such as Edinburgh & Leeds.


*FIE provides Imperial College Union associate membership for Spring, Fall and Winter programs only – if you’re on a Summer program and would like to purchase an associate membership card, enquire directly at the Imperial College Union reception

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