Despite our small size, the UK has one of the most esteemed higher education systems in the world. Thousands of international students undertake graduate study in the UK every year, and this is showing no signs of slowing down. Studying abroad in the UK may seem daunting if you don’t have much experience of British culture, which means that you will need to prepare extensively for university life in the United Kingdom. To help you get ready for your international university studies, we have made a handy guide that lists some of the most important things to remember before you begin your studies abroad. Following these tips will help your time studying in England become a rewarding and exciting experience.
Find the Best Student Accommodation
Finding the right place to live is one of the most important parts of studying abroad. There are many different student living options available in each University City and town, but many might not be suited to the needs of most international students. At Study Inn, we are committed to ensuring every student is welcomed equally and supported throughout their studies. We have over 142 nationalities currently residing in our various student accommodations in Coventry, Nottingham, Cambridge and Sheffield, so you will be in good company if you choose to stay at our student apartments. Our all-inclusive services provide you every bit of equipment and appliance you will need, and we provide a fast internet service so you can easily keep in touch with friends and family back home. Our rooms and buildings are secure 24 hours of the day, so you can feel safe whilst living abroad. While we are committed to ensuring every student’s needs are met, not every student accommodation provider will have the same attitude. If you are staying in a City that does not yet have Study Inn accommodation, make sure you do your research on where you staying. Whether you are staying in privately rented or university owned properties, make sure you will have access to everything you need, good security and clean, well-furnished rooms. This can make a huge difference to your studying experience.
When coming to live and study in another county, no amount of planning is too much. This is essential to ensure everything runs smoothly. Making checklists is a great way to stay organised before you start your journey to the UK. For instance, creating a checklist on the immigration process, including obtaining a valid passport, reading the guideline, receiving your CAS and applying for visas is a great way to ensure you do everything correctly and don’t run into trouble further down the line. Make a list of everything you need to pack, as this will save you a lot of time. Research the city you are moving too, including supermarkets, public transport, shopping, restaurants and other points of interests. This will all be invaluable once you begin your move to Britain.
Get Ready For British Culture
Much of the United Kingdom is considered multi-cultural and welcomes people from all nationalities. However, as with any new country, some of our customs may take a while to get used too. Many of the stereotypes afforded at British people are now defunct, but, we are still a nation that thrives on politeness. We value our personal space and will always say please and thank you. Waiting in line is also very important and you should never cut in front of anyone in a queue. British humour can be confusing at times, as it often focuses on the ironic and sarcastic, and what someone is saying might not be what they really mean. The weather can also take some getting used to. We are famous for our weather and talking about it, but not always for the right reasons. The winter months can be extremely cold and wet, which can make staying warm difficult, especially when heating bills can be expensive, so make sure you pack lots of warm coats and jackets.
This is just a small glimpse of studying in England, and there is a wealth of information to help you settle in once you are here, so make sure to do more research on studying in Britain.