Practical information to prepare for student life in the UK:
Are you interested in studying in the UK, but not sure?
You may be wondering what student life in the UK is like.
Rest assured, we have gathered in this article all the practical information to prepare you for student life in the UK.
Food and Drink in the UK
The cost of food and drink in the UK requires some budgeting and some practical rules to follow.
Here are some tips from Mel Wickman, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Birmingham:
- Choose the right time to shop for meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit …. A good time is an hour before the stores close or the day before a store closes because prices are reduced.
- Plan your meals and make sure they are balanced, not based on one type of food. For example, proteins are expensive, so you can accompany them with a vegetable dish. You can also prepare legumes, which are rich in protein.
- Borrow a recipe book from a classmate, or search the internet for easy student recipes.
- There are many restaurants in the United Kingdom that offer specialties from many countries as well as Western dishes.
- The campus restaurant has a variety of dishes on its menu to suit the tastes of students from all over the world, including Halal food.
Good Deals Discounts
Life in the UK is expensive, but there are ways to save. In fact, you can take advantage of discounts and promotions.
- The National Student Union and the International Student Union offer significant discounts for students in stores, restaurants, etc. You can take advantage of these in the UK.
- Some electricity and gas companies also offer discounts: talk to your landlord.
- Buying books can cost you a fortune, so ask your teachers what basic books to buy. Also, you can check out books for free at the university library or look at the campus bulletin board for used book ads.
- The biggest promotions in the UK happen after Christmas (after December 26).
- Calculate all of your tuition costs and expenses in the UK to create a realistic budget.
- If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you can contact the International Student Affairs Authority in the UK.
This will help you study in the UK as smoothly as possible.
Currency and Banks
The British currency is the pound sterling. You will need to know the exchange rate between the British pound and your home currency. Most UK banks offer bank accounts to international students from all over the world.
Before you open your bank account, be sure to shop around for the best deal.
Transport in England
British train tickets are quite expensive, but you can get discounts if you book your tickets online.
You can get a 30% discount on the price of subway tickets by taking an Oyster Card, available for students over 18.
In the UK, you usually buy your ticket directly from the bus driver. You can also subscribe to the Oyster bus service.
To avoid being late for traffic or to go for a ride with friends, you can rent a bike (for up to 24 hours).
Shopping in the UK
You want to buy clothes or stuff at low prices, or even without money! Yes, it’s possible, read on:
Their revenues are distributed to charities around the world. The clothes are recycled and resold cheaply after refurbishment. You’ll find not only clothes but also shoes, books, video games, and anything else that can be recycled.
This is a very common method in the UK: you can trade anything you want with someone else who also wants to trade things. For example, trade clothes you no longer wear for someone else’s shoes, and so on.
Discounts and money-saving tips
Finally, you can check out the financial tips for international students in the UK and benefit from their experience.
In addition, you can also check out the alphabetical list of UK city guides to learn more about the city you will be studying in.
We hope that you are now ready to live and study in the UK and that you will find these practical tips for preparing for student life in the UK helpful. We wish you good luck!