International Student Guide: Things You Need to Know

Studying abroad is an exciting adventure, and if you’re planning to pursue your education in the UK, there are several important steps to take before you arrive.


What You Need to Do Before Arriving in the UK as an International Student


This section will guide you through securing your university place, obtaining the correct student visa to England, and finding suitable student accommodation.


Securing your university place


The first step in your journey as an international student in the UK is to secure a place at a university. Research various institutions and courses that align with your academic goals and interests. Consider factors such as reputation, course content, and location. Be mindful of application deadlines and ensure that you submit all the required documents, including academic transcripts, recommendation letters, and English language proficiency test results.


Getting the correct Visa


Once you have received an offer from a UK university, the next crucial step is obtaining the correct visa, so check the student visa application requirements that pertain to you. Most international students will require a Tier 4 (General) student visa. To apply for this visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your chosen university, proof of financial support, and evidence of English language proficiency.


How to find the best student accommodation for international students


Finding suitable accommodation is essential for a comfortable stay during your studies in the UK. Many universities offer on-campus housing options specifically for international students but places may be limited.

Why not come and live with us in one of our purpose-designed international student accommodation sites? We provide a home away from home, in safe and secure accommodation with cinemas, gyms, and study spaces. We have teams to provide any support you need, which is important when you are a long way from your friends and family.

Adjusting to Life in the UK Once You Arrive


Moving to a new country can be both thrilling and challenging. This section will provide you with tips on decorating your room, staying connected, and exploring your new city and cultural experiences.


Decorating your room


Personalising your living space can help you feel more at home in the UK. Add some small items like pictures, posters, or decorations that hold sentimental value to your student moving checklist. Consider purchasing bedding, curtains, and other essentials upon arrival to make your room comfortable and inviting. Decorating your room can also be an excellent opportunity to connect with your roommates, make friends at uni, and bond over shared interests.


Staying connected


Staying connected with friends and family back home is crucial for emotional support. We offer up to 200Mbps Wi-Fi to help you stay in touch through video calls, messaging apps, and social media platforms. Remember to set up a mobile phone plan that suits your needs. Additionally, join student societies and clubs to meet new friends and build a support network within your university community.


Exploring your new city and cultural experiences


The UK is a vibrant and culturally diverse country with plenty to offer. Take the time to explore your new city and immerse yourself in the local culture. Visit museums, art galleries, and historical sites to learn about the country’s rich heritage. Engage in social events and festivals to experience the unique traditions and customs of the UK. Embrace opportunities to connect with both local and international students, as this will enrich your overall experience.

Opening a UK Bank Account as an International Student


Opening a UK bank account is a practical step that will help you manage your finances effectively. Most major banks in the UK offer specialised accounts for international students. To open an account, you will typically need your passport, university acceptance letter, proof of address, and a letter from your university confirming your enrollment. Research different banks and compare their account features, fees, and accessibility to find the best option for your needs.


Managing Your Finances


Managing your finances is an essential skill for every international student. Here are some budgeting tips to help you make the most of your financial resources:


Budgeting tips


  • Create a monthly budget by listing your income and expenses. Allocate funds for tuition fees, accommodation, food, transportation, and leisure activities.
  • Take advantage of student discounts and offers available in the UK. Many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues provide discounts to students if you show a valid student ID.
  • Cook meals at home instead of eating out frequently. This will save you money and also allow you to explore British cuisine by experimenting with local ingredients.
  • Track your expenses regularly to ensure that you remain within your budget and make adjustments if necessary.


How to find a part-time job as an international student in the UK



Working part-time while studying can provide you with valuable work experience and help supplement your finances. There are international student part time jobs available, but you’ll need a student visa to work. International students in the UK are generally allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during holidays.


How to Balance Your Degree and Making the Most Out of the Experience


As an international student, finding a balance between your academic commitments and making the most out of your experience is crucial. While it’s important to prioritise your studies, you should also make an effort to engage in extracurricular activities: Join student societies, clubs, or sports teams that align with your interests.

Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle while having fun. It’s OK to kick back sometimes and take advantage of the many opportunities for socialising on offer!


Staying After You Complete Your Degree?


If you wish to stay in the UK after completing your degree, there are options available to explore:

  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa


If you wish to pursue further studies in the UK, such as an international student internship UK, you can apply for a new Tier 4 (General) student visa. We have special postgraduate buildings for students who choose to stay on and pursue a master’s or PhD.


Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about our premium accommodation options for international students.

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