This first two weeks have been filled with new friends, trips to the gorgeous city of Brighton, module changes, getting lost and so much fun.
For my exchange I decided to look for a shared flat off campus instead of student housing at the University of Sussex and honestly I am so happy about this decision. Usually your exchange university will give you a bunch of information about where to look and how to find a reliable agency for housing, if they do not have university owned housing. I am the only exchange student that I have met so far, that doesn´t live on campus and while that sometimes means taking longer to get to class and missing out on some social activities, I absolutely love my flat, my roomies and my cute little room. It is obviously up to you to decide and it might be easier to just get student housing, but having a house I really feel comfortable in is so important to me and maybe to you as well.
Other than settling in my new flat I have spend an abundance of time checking out all the possibilities my university here in England offers. There seems to be a society for anything and everything from Harry Potter fan clubs to choirs. I joined my school´s gym and have been taking a lot of different classes and while the usually leave me incredibly sore, that was so much fun! I also auditioned for the school´s theatre club and even though I did not get a role it was a fun way to meet people. This week I will go to the Amnesty International meeting at my school and so in general during your exchange there is always new stuff to try out, to experience and lots of chances to meet new people.
I have already met a bunch of very sweet exchange students and I already recognize faces from my classes so go me! Trips to Barcelona and Dublin have been booked and after two weekends of celebrating Australia (STRAYA!) day and watching the Superbowl with no concept of what is going on, I am off for a trip around the Sussex countryside this weekend.
Last, but not least I started discovering Brighton, this beautiful little town by the sea and I absolutely love it. The gorgeous sea front, the quirky pier and the beautiful little lanes in the city centre are all absolutely fascinating and great to get lost in. Brighton´s restaurants have even better ratings than the ones in London and being the foodie I am, I would love to try every single one of them.
So I can honestly say I more or less settled in and I am having a bloody good time in Ye olde England so far 🙂