As Asia's most livable city with one of the highest qualities of life, Seoul presents an ideal destination for students from all over the world. It is the hub of technology, digital advancement and beauty skincare. As the 4th largest metropolitan economy in the world, and with a population density of about 27,000 people per square mile, the city has more than 39 universities, most of which are well-known amongst international students. Dongduk Women's University, The University of Seoul, Kyung Hee University and Korea National University of Arts are a few of the best universities there.
As a student living in Seoul, you have to be aware of the weather in South Korea, as the seasons are generally very distinctive in South Korea. Summer is from June till August, and it is usually very hot and humid. From December till February it is winter, which is typically cold and snowy, and autumn and spring are ideally warm with clear blue skies. Autumn lasts from September till November, and from March to May it is spring.
There are various student activities you can try in any of the four seasons. During winter, you can ice skate at Seoul Plaza (City Hall), ride a tricycle to see the Bukchon Area, visit Namsan Tower, or enjoy a karaoke night with friends. You can visit Grevin Wax Museum to meet world leaders, buy cheap winter clothes at Insadong, or study in a themed cafe with friends in Summer. Autumn and spring are the perfect chance to enjoy outdoor places, like the Jamsil Hangang Park, Samcheonsa Valley and Seosomun Historical Park.
Additionally, Seoul has various free student attractions, including theatres, parks and cultural neighbourhoods. If you are into parks, try visiting Seoul forest, the central park of Seoul, where you get to enjoy more than 595 thousand meter square of unique plants and green scenery. You can also check Iwha Mural Village if you are an art enthusiast; it is an industrial village that was recently reconstructed as an art and cultural centre. Moreover, if you love movies, you can enjoy a free movie night inside Cinematheque KOFA or Myeongdong Art Theater, famous theatres that mostly showcase classic and independent films.
Seoul has a modern public transportation system that is extremely dependent on the subway and bus lines. While living in the city, it is recommended that you buy a transportation card "T-money Card" for subway, taxi rides and bus ones. This card is a prepaid card that could be recharged based on your needs; all you need after recharging it is to pass it through the machines in the subway station or on the bus.
The bus system inside Seoul depends on four types of coloured buses; The yellow buses travel around the downtown area, while the blue buses connect the suburbs with the downtown area. Green buses connect residential areas with the subway, the bus stations, and travel within a single district, and red buses or high-fare buses connect the downtown area with other neighbourhoods; they are buses that do not offer any discounts to the passengers. Furthermore, you can make use of the inner city’s free shuttle-buses for foreigners with language recordings explaining the city’s history.