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19 Harrowing Realisations You Have When You Move Back To London After Uni

Has it always been this big and expensive???

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1. You'll soon realise that you're spending all your money on travel.

Forgot my monthly #travelcard this morning & paid 4 it; £16.40 for a peak daily travelcard in #London! #Ripoff

2. And cab fares home cost so much more.

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3. As do drinks.

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4. And food.

5. Basically, everything costs a lot more.

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6. You'll spend the first few weeks just saying "Has it always been this big?"

7. But, it's not all so bad; at least you can see every gig, play, or exhibition your little heart desires.

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Because, whether you went to uni in a tiny idyllic town or a big city, a lot of bands and tour companies pretty much give anywhere in the UK but London a miss.

8. And if there is some bizarre trend or shop everyone is talking about, it's bound to be in London.

Waited an hour for a famous Molly Bakes Freakshake in London.

9. But it can get overwhelming sometimes.

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Sometimes there are so many things to do that you'd rather not do anything at all.

10. Or you just straight up can't afford to go to any of those events.

11. All the places that were cool aren't anymore and the places that are take fucking ages to get to.

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This realisation is often followed by an overwhelming sensation of being old and irrelevant.

12. Cycling in London can be fucking terrifying.

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13. And you learn that being able to walk to wherever you need to go is a great privilege that you will never take for granted again.

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14. But, lots of your uni friends are probably living in the same city as you.

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15. Except now you need to put a lot more effort into making plans.

16. And oh my god the rent.

17. The r e n t.

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18. Remember that shitty student flat you had that was always cold but had nice high ceilings and a living room?

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Now you're paying twice as much for a single bed box room in zone 3.

19. Yet, you have no intention of leaving.

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There's no place like home.