Firstly, if you know anyone
already in UK or have studied abroad before, then speak to them. The next step
is to tap into resources and information on the internet.
Visit your nearest Edwise branch
for free counseling on studying in UK. Don’t be afraid to ask about the course
or other arrangements.
In terms of funding your
studies, it’s important to plan and manage a budget for the UK. There’s a
useful international student calculator by UNAID. This is a good tool to help
you figure out a reasonable budget for studying and living abroad.
Ensure that you have all the
relevant documentation and visas to allow you to study in UK. Ask your counselor
on what paperwork is necessary for your study abroad. They will be happy to
If you’re from Europe, you
should obtain a European Health Insurance Card. This will entitle you to free
or reduced health care under the National Health Service while you are here.
Prepare for Britain
Before you move to Britain it is
important to keep a few things in mind.
Culturally, the UK is very
diverse and welcoming of people from around the world. You should be able to
find many like-minded students that share a similar background and beliefs.
In terms of clothing, the UK is
well-known for its cold and wet weather! Pack lots of warm and waterproof
outfits for the winter months, and don’t expect summer to be very hot!
Most student budgets won’t be
able to afford having the heating on all the time, so warm clothes are
A good idea is to live in
university accommodation for the first year then make some friends to
live within your final years of university. University accommodation is a great
place to meet new people and although coming from another country may be
daunting everyone will be welcoming. Just remember that everyone is in the
If you are staying in UK for a
period longer than a few months, it’s recommended to get a bank account. This
will allow you to pay bills and keep your money safe.
The UK banks are relatively
strict about the requirements for opening an account. This is because credit
products are usually attached and thus they need to verify your details
thoroughly. You will need the following:
Identification – a passport is
Proof of address – both from
back home and within this country, documents such as statements are acceptable
Proof of income – this may mean
a credit check and interview to establish that you will be able to maintain the
Additionally, to obtain a
student account you will need proof of your student status which is usually the
confirmation letter from your University. Student accounts are highly advised,
as they offer numerous benefits including an interest fee overdraft of up to
£2,000. See the best student bank accounts this year.
This should be a starting point
for opening an account. Remember to always check with the bank on what specific
requirements they have so you can be prepared with the relevant documents.
One of the first questions you
may ask is if your current phone will work in the UK. The answer is most likely
yes! The UK operates on the GSM band, which is the standard for most of the
However, the worst thing you can
do is keep your current SIM card in your phone while studying in the UK. You
will pay extremely high call charges for calling back home as well as on local
numbers. Here are our top tips for cheap ways of being connected.
For calling local numbers:
- If you already have a phone then you will
need a new SIM card. Pay As You Go (PAYG) means that you top up the phone
when your credit runs out and this is good for keeping an eye on your
spending. Monthly contracts are usually better value as you will get free
minutes and texts but you will have to pay out every month, coming with
added long-term responsibility. If you’re likely to make international
calls, see below.
- If you would like a new phone, check out our
comparison tool to get a great deal that will have minutes, text and data
bundled together for a low monthly price. You can even keep the phone when
then contract finishes.
For calling back home:
- Recently there have been a host of low-cost
international call providers, such as Lebara, LycaMobile and RebTel.
However in our experience newcomer RebTel offer the best value, with some calls under 1p a minute
and your first call is free.
- Alternatively, use Skype on your computer to
call another Skype computer back home for free – this includes video chat!
Going around in UK can be
daunting at first as there are many options. We are here to help you by
simplifying your choices. If you are traveling locally then look into getting a
student bus pass or consider biking.
Stage coach is a bus company
within UK that offer a year pass called a UniRider. This is a cheap and easy way to travel around
the city and can save you a lot of money throughout the year.
If you are within London then the
tube is often the fastest way to get around. Also, for travel in London, take a
look at the Oyster card. It is by far the cheapest option.
The two main options for
national travel across UK are by coach or train.
Trains are often the quickest
and most comfortable way to get around the UK. Tickets should be booked as
early as possible to save money (as much as 80% off) on advance fares. The cheapest train fares are
available at First Transpennine Express as there are no booking fees.
Coaches are a cheaper alternative
to trains, but they can take double the travel time to arrive. Our top pick for
saving money is Megabus,
with journeys starting at £1 between the major cities. If you cannot find a
suitable arrival and departure point, then try National Express as they
offer the largest coach network in the UK.
If you are travelling home to
somewhere outside of the UK then you will need to look at the best and cheapest
options for travel. In most cases flying will be the transport of choice. Air
travel can be quite expensive but if you take a look at price comparison sites
such as Momondo you
can cut the cost of travelling home.
Shipping and storage
Often students will need to move
their stuff from abroad to UK and back.
Additionally, your accommodation
may not provide storage in between term times. However, there are options
available to safely store your goods until you need them. The main
considerations for a storage unit should be location of the unit and the price.
Working in the UK
If you want some extra cash or
valuable experience then you may be wondering what your rights and options are.
The short answer is you will be able to work while studying and possibly after
the completion of your studies. Also, as a rule, the EU is more flexible for
allowing working than outside of it. For more information see the official
guidelines at UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Bursaries for international students
Make sure you speak to your
respective counselor regarding any finances which may be made available to
support your studies. There are also some external charities that offer
bursaries for international students studying in UK.
For complete details on Study in UK Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 / 08600911333