Student Life in the UK
An island off the coast of northwestern Europe, the United Kingdom (UK) consists of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland.
Home to four of the world’s top ten universities, is the world’s second most popular choice for international students aspiring to study abroad with over 450,000 international students choosing to pursue their higher education in the UK every year.
Cost-effective tuition fees, robust scholarship and bursary options and strong infrastructure for learning and research are resulting in international enrolment in UK universities expanding by 3.6% year on year.
Manners and Behaviour
A country that is quick to embrace the influences of other cultures, for example one of the favourite national dishes is Indian curry, you will find a lot of diversity in the UK especially in its big cities. The British are generally friendly, polite and reserved, with a sense of humour which can sometimes be a bit sarcastic.
Whilst there isn’t much formal etiquette in the UK, being polite, punctual and greeting people with a smile will always stand you in good stead.
Revolving around simple, hearty dishes, Irish cuisine makes the most of seasonal produce especially lamb, green veg and, of course, potatoes.
- Fish and Chips
- Sunday roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding
- Full English breakfast
- Bangers and mash
- Toad in the hole
- Shepherd’s pie/cottage pie
- Steak and kidney pie
Cost of study in the UK
Degree courses in the UK are typically shorter than in other countries, making studying in the UK more cost-effective when compared to countries such as the USA.
Undergraduates can expect to pay around £10,000 - £38,000 in tuition fees depending on what course you choose to study
For post-graduate specialisations, the tuition fee varies depending on your course:
- £14,100 (for classroom-based programs)
- £16,200 (for laboratory-based programs)
- £21,700 (for clinical programs)
- £19,000 (for MBA related programs)
Please bear in mind that these fees are indicative only, and are subject to both increase or decrease depending on which course you choose to study and where.
Student Accommodation in the UK
During the first year of university, you can usually expect to be offered a place in Halls of Residence or other accommodation run by the university itself. This is shared, self-catering accommodation with other students and is a great way to get to know people and make new friends.
Halls of Residence normally have shared bathrooms and kitchens, and are usually mixed sex accommodation. There is help available to find alternative student-friendly accommodation if this isn’t suitable for you.
On average, you will need around £10-12,000 per year to cover accommodation
Typical monthly costs in the UK might look something like this:
- Accommodation: £535 (£640 in London)
- Utility bills: £50
- Mobile Phone: £10-30
- Broadband internet: £20
- Study materials: £60
- Travel: £45 (£90 in London)
- Groceries: £50
- Typical night out: £30
- Gig ticket: £5-45
- Cinema ticket: £8-12
Work and Study in the UK
A great way of challenging and expanding your language skills as well as helping you support yourself, it’s possible for international students to work whilst studying in the UK.
In general, if you are studying at degree level, you are ale to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time, and up to 40 hours during holidays.
Your bio-metric residence permit should provide information on what hours you are able to work whilst you’re studying, but you can also check you are eligible to work in the UK or speak to one of our advisors who will be happy to give you more information.