These articles were created by the students participating in the UMD Study in England Programme for the 2013-2014 school year. The program is over, but the experience will never fade. If you have any questions or want to get in touch, send an email to the UMD International Education Office!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Train Travel in Pictures

If you're wondering how to get around for cheap, make sure to get a 16-25 Discount Railcard when you get here! The train is a super easy way to get around for a cheap price. At first, it may seem intimidating, but after you do it once, you realize how easy and efficient it actually is! The rail employees and station staff are more than willing to answer questions and point you in the right direction. It is an extremely popular way to travel here in the UK, as it saves you from more expensive flights. Once you get the hang of the system, it is the simplest way to travel.

If you take the train to London, an extremely easy way to get around London is by using the London Underground Subway. All day passes cost about 8 pounds. They are very efficient, easy, and FAST! There are loads of signs to point you in the right direction if you are having any issues. The underground trains run about every 5 minutes or less, so it is an extremely reliable way to get around London as well!

In October and November, make sure to watch for the "Great Escape" deal, where you can go anywhere that the London Midland Service trains go for only 10 pounds!

-Rose, Cassidy & Rachel

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Worcester: Your Temporary Home

When one hears “Worcester”, the thought of Worcestershire Sauce might come to mind. Even though the original Lea & Perrins factory still operates here, this is far from the only thing that the City of Worcester has to offer for your time living here. The River Severn runs through this city of about 100,000 residents, splitting it into the main city and St. Johns. There are two rail stations that serve Worcester: Foregate Street and Shrub Hill.
Foregate Street Station

The Worcester skyline is dominated by two structures. First and foremost is the majestic Worcester Cathedral, which was built between 1220 and 1345 AD. It is open to the public most days and is only a short and beautiful walk down the river. The other outstanding feature in the skyline is The Hive Library.
The Hive

The Hive is quite unique, in that it serves as the city library, city hub, and University library. It is located right next to city campus, and only a short walk from St. John’s campus. 

Academics and architecture are nice and all, but you will be here to have some fun as well. A straight shot down from Foregate Street Station, you will find High Street, which is the main retail hub of the city, along with The Shambles, and the Angel Marketplace. If you find yourself a bit peckish after shopping, Worcester has no end to cafĂ©’s, restaurants, and delis, not to mention a great selection of grocery stores if you prefer to cook at home. There is a great club scene as well, if you please. 

In many ways, Worcester is like most towns. It has nice people, good amenities, and many opportunities. I can tell you all about the history of the city, the railways, the restaurants, even the best chip shop in the county. But that’s my Worcester. These are my observations and recommendations. Your Worcester is what you will make it. So, come on over and experience this great city.

For more information, visit other articles in this handy blog, and these links:

Wikipedia: Worcester

A few things to do: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186424-Activities-Worcester_Worcestershire_England.html

The Hive: http://www.thehiveworcester.org/