A short photo-essay
London is one of Europe’s largest cultural hubs, if not the biggest one. It is not a surprise that so many students from all types of backgrounds decide to come to London to pursue their studies. However, living away from home is not easy and the only place they go to find some refuge and nostalgia from their busy student life in London is in their rooms.
Students come to London to enjoy and experience the diversity within an international city. London is lled with interesting bars, restaurants, galleries and all sorts of types of places. And it is an amazing place to meet people from all corners of the world and learn about different cultures. However, even if students enjoy some refuge in their local bar or if they go to a restaurant that serves traditional food from their country it can still be quite hard to be far away from home and from friends and family.
When students want to run away from the busy life of London and spend time thinking about home or talking to friends and family they do it in their room.
It’s a sort of refuge from the world when you are feeling nostalgic. Another way to compensate the homesickness is by bringing a little bit of home into the room.
These images are from students who live in London but are from all parts of the world. Some like to keep things simple, perhaps this is so that they don’t think so much of home, or it’s just in their personality. Others have tried to make it as homely as possible and have lled their rooms with decorations and pictures.
Some of the students have their own studio flats, others like to share the flat with a flatmate and others still live in their dorms as it saves them from having to worry with the stress and struggle of renting out a flat.
The students in the images have not staged, some of them were still caught waking up having their morning coffee in their pyjamas, others were just chilling and hanging out with a friend and other were studying. These photo essay represents the students in their “natural habitat”, a place they don’t call home but is the closest thing they will get to it in London.