Please be aware that at this stage in the semester I check the system for approval of applications on a weekly rather than monthly basis, as most students apply for the student discounted Oystercard in the first few weeks of the semester.
It would be most helpful (to your finances!) if you could give me a quick heads-up if you apply at any point from today onwards: just shoot me a quick email, so I will be alerted to the fact that your application needs approval.
Also, TfL would like to have all applications approved and then verified by mid-semester, so please ensure you apply by then. (Incidentally, the same deadline applies to Council Tax applications!)
Incidentally, Transport for London has managed to retain a couple of the old-style ‘Routemaster’ buses – they run on the routes numbers 9 and 15, which go right past the major touristic spots in London – and you can use your oystercards on them! If you ever have family or friends visiting and are at a loss as to how best to entertain them, then these bus rides are a real treat!