Overseas students: how to get the most out of studying in the UK
STUDENTS VISITING UK: ASSISTANCE
Foreign Students and visiting the U.K
Moving to a new country to study can be daunting. It can feel exciting and challenging all at the same time. English might not be your first language or you’ve never lived in Europe before. Students studying anything from proofreading We’ve put together a list of things that can help you get the most out of your time here
- Settling In
If you’re studying in the UK for more than a few months, then it’s recommended that you set-up a bank account. To do this you’ll need to visit a local bank branch with your passport and some utility bills. You might also be able to find a part-time job, depending on your students visa restrictions. There is a lot to get acquainted with, and you might want to find out about public transport and where your local supermarket is.
- Making Friends
Brits are friendly and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet them before your term starts. There are always orientations and Fresher’s week, which will induct you into campus life. Drinking and parties are very popular in UK universities, which provide even more chance to socialise.
- Experience Local Culture
The UK has a wealth of museums and galleries on the doorstep, most of them are free of charge. There is usually a local theatre or two in most towns and cities which offer performances of popular shows. There are always plenty of places to eat as well, as Britain offers up plenty of local and international restaurants. Culturally, the UK is very diverse and inclusive of people from all over the world, so you’ll be able to find a place of like-minded people wherever you go.
Unless you’re used to sunnier climes you’ll need to be prepared for the weather in the UK. It’s true that it does rain most of the time and you’ll need to pack an extra jacket or two. Depending on where you live, it might be much colder in Scotland (think snow) than it would be in the south of England, where the winters rarely go below freezing.
Students are faced with the overwhelming task of finding a place to live. It is often difficult to decide on a place before you see it, but your university will be able to place you into campus halls. There are also lots of lettings agents who specialise in university housing. University halls are also a great place to meet people and often you will find housemates for the following year, which means you don’t have to live in halls the entire time.
Although there are a lot of factors to think about, it’s important to remember that everyone is in the same boat.