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.

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João Marques Pinto was born in Porto, Portugal to a Spanish mother and Portuguese father. He is 18 years old and is studying Buisness Administration.

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.

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Judit Griga is 22 years old and was born in Budapest, Hungary to a Hungarian mother and Ukrainian father. She is studying Art, Design and Media.

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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.

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Arielle Medrano was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is 21 years old and is studying Communications:Marketing and Public Relations.

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.

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Alexander Simons and his visiting friend from home. Alexander, was born in Zoetermeer The Netherlands, to a Surinamese mother and a Dutch father. He is 21 years old and is studying
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Paty Ollé was born in Barcelona, Spain. She is 21 years old and is studying International Relations.

 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.

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Rayhan Adamjee is 22 years old. He was born in London, United Kingdom to Pakistani parents but grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.He is taking his degree in Finance.

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Bisha Mirza and her friend. Bisha, was born in Pakistan but grew up between Virginia, United States of America and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is 23 and is studying Art, Design and Media. 

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