Originally Posted by caffe_latte
I write articles for ReMag (hello!), but I don't come here often. Heading to the UK in September to complete my transfer programme in law, hopefully at Cardiff University if everything works out alright
Anyone started stocking up on stuff for the UK already? I have no idea what the weather there's like. Should we get long johns here or over there? I have a British friend who rofl-ed when I told him about my mum trying to force me to buy long johns on the spot, saying that they're only for grannies; but he's been a Brit all his life and this scrawny Chinese girl doesn't value his opinion
I went to a talk where they asked us to bring only minimal winter-wear, so I'm not sure if long johns are necessary. Also - what is the weather there like? Should I even bother packing the dresses and skirts I already have? Should I try to get more long-sleeved blouses? Are the material for clothes sold in Malaysia even practical for the weather there at all?
Also: any comedy/theatre geeks out there? I really ought to start looking at schedules of theatrical performances now, so I can decide when I want to head down to London for these. Train tickets are cheaper when booked in advanced.
Listen to our Brit friend! Long johns is definitely not necessary and yes, you need only bring with you minimal winter clothing. Get some sweaters from UniQlo and you should be sorted. If in doubt, get one of the winter jackets from UniQlo though I strongly recommend you buying them here because of the wider range available!
Weather in the UK is crazy! It may be summer now but it is constantly raining in the south east! Very unpredictable. Dresses and skirts are probably wearable during the summer but certainly during the other seasons. Yes, do get a few long-sleeved blouse and I take it you need them for presentations and stuff no? To be honest short-sleeved ones are fine too since there is always heating in doors. Clothes sold in Malaysia can be worn here in the UK because you will eventually wear extra layers of clothing come autumn or winter.
If you planning to travel frequently during your stay in the UK then get the young persons railcard. The card allows you to have a third of your train fares and like you said, train tickets are cheaper if you book in advance so that is like increasing the amount you save on the fares.
Also, since you heading to Cardiff, you must head to Cardiff Bay! The Welsh people are generally quite friendly as well so you will have a fantastic time there. All the best!