Posted on April 20, 2021
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The UK is one of the most prestigious countries, which takes immense pride in providing a high-quality teaching curriculum and practical learning models that attract more than 750,000 international students every year. The benefit of choosing from thousands of skilled programs and courses, all in common English language, friendly and welcoming environment and a plethora of universities to choose from, the UK enlists numerous opportunities when it comes to studying abroad. 

Students graduation day

Being a leading contender in the world education forum, the UK is home to many of the world's renowned universities, including Imperial College London, University of Manchester, and Coventry University. While the country has many organisations to cater for the foreign populace, many international students take a step back while choosing their dream destination in the UK. 

What will be the grading system? Is it true that international students are treated any differently? What are the major perks of studying in the UK? Many questions such as these pop up in tens and a thousand minds every year. That's why this year we have decided to write a complete yet compact student guide-through article to help them know some of the essential things every new student should know about studying in the UK.

Let's start with the most common of all.

1. Student visa or another visa?

The most common visa issued for international students is the General Student Visa (Tier 4). This form of visa allows students to study and work part-time if wanted to. Moreover, various other types of UK visas are issued based upon the applicant’s age and their tenure of staying in the country.

For example, children falling in the 4-17 age group can apply for a Tier 4 visa to study at an independent UK school. Besides these, students above 16 years of age and aim to for less than a year to pursue an English language course can apply for a short-term UK Study visa which allows a tenure of 6 to 11 months.

Note: While all programs are in English, students pursuing studies in another language aren't required to apply for any special visa.

2. What to pack and what to leave?

Student doing his packing

Another common query that revolves around the international student community is what necessities should be zipped in their luggage. While you can't take everything with you, prioritise all the essential items catering for your studying or living needs. Try making a list of all such things and cross them after having them packed.

You can also read the ultimate moving checklist to study abroad- 2021

3. Embrace the multicultural environment 

Due to the multi-ethnicity and a highly appreciated tourist location, the UK brings together a pool of nationalities in one place. Hence, embracing the country's culture will not cover you in English modesty but will also deliver an opportunity to immerse yourself into various other cultures from all over the globe.

4. Solving your accommodation problems

As it is easy to deduce the crowd inclination towards many UK universities, finding student accommodation near your University is an arduous task to deal with. Furthermore, every University provides good and well-maintained undergraduate halls that cater for the needs of most of the sophomores and second-year students.

Besides these, there are also private student halls or studios near every major University in the UK. These housing options are practically affordable, sanitised, and come with 24×7 security that leaves out all your worry on the doorstep. If you haven't still got through, you can always check out our latest international student housing options in the UK.

5. Will I have language barriers?

There is a high probability that the course you will pursue will be in the Common English language, regardless of the course you pick. Most of the student populace is left in the middle of the desert to solve their queries related to language and communication barriers. We assure you that all courses are in English, thus leaving you in a safe spot.

Additionally, students should also take part in basic or advance language courses of all the major and minor subjects. This allows students to have a comprehensive approach towards learning a new communication model and readily help them earn college credit while they are abroad and even having the best time of their life. 

6. Figure out your costs and budget

Another major issue that sophomore and second-year students after a month is figuring out costs and monthly budget. It is no surprise that with many student-oriented scholarships and cost-cutting packages, it may cost less to study abroad in the UK than to be in your home campus. But despite so many budget options, having a pre-hand budget is necessary for every student going to study in the UK.

To help our readers out, we have calculated basic student expenses that can be expected every month while studying in the UK.

Rent for accommodation - £500

Food and other eatery shopping - £120-180

Local Transport - £90 (*one bus ride= £1.5)

Books and stationery - £40

Internet and mobile phone - £40

Social and leisure activities - £70-100

7. Healthcare is a must

COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world in unprecedented and lasting ways that once were unimaginable. Though international travel has engaged again, most international education providers focus solely on students' safety and preventive measures. Thus, it is advisable to look out for certain things for healthcare benefits regarding international students. 

For starters, students should consult with their university and student accommodation faculty to make sure their room is sanitised and 100% safe to stay. Moreover, students must also pay for National Health Surcharge Fees (NHS Fees) that entitles them to access the UK's health service. This way, you can see a doctor, get top-notch medical attention and emergency treatment for free.

*Note- Not all treatments under the NHS schema are free. Make sure you read all the related paperwork carefully.

8. You can work and study

Student working in a warehouse

With the world unlocking from the pandemic, a majority of students are eager to get back on their track and study or work at the earliest. In fact, the UK government has recently announced their latest norms regarding the UK study policy. In a note made official on April 13, the UK administration announced that all the students pursuing courses in England will now be able to enter the country from May 17 this year.

As many popular cities such as London, Birmingham and Leicester are known to take care of student work passion, it is interesting to know that the UK government allows students to work for 20-hours during term time and an unlimited number of hours outside of term time. This facility can also be extended for up to 2 years after graduation to make students useful to society and simultaneously prosper into their career options. 


So, here it is. Our preview of your study life in the UK comes to an end. As it is impossible to cover all topics, these were some of the significant features of studying in this marvellous country. Studying abroad is a dream come true for every student, and after you have finally worked hard for that entrance exam and got that offer letter, now all that is left is to pack your bags and get as fast to this country as you can. 

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