4 Top Tips for anyone studying abroad in the UK
Studying abroad remains a popular choice for many students all over the world. Not only does it give you the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture and gain life experience, but it may also give you access to some of the best universities in the world. Though there are many benefits to studying in a foreign country, it’s a huge life decision that can’t be taken lightly. The key to every other part of the process is your choice of destination – this will largely dictate your overall university experience.
The UK remains one of the most popular destinations for young people looking to study abroad, second only to the U.S. In the UK, international students make up more than a fifth of the entire student population, and more than a third of all postgraduates, making this demographic an integral part of UK student culture. So if you already have your heart set on studying there, or are still weighing up your options, here are four top tips for any international student staying in the UK.
Join some societies
Societies are the beating heart of any UK university. They allow students to indulge in their
passions around like minded peers, or even explore some new hobbies that could stay with
them for a lifetime. Besides your course and your accommodation, joining different societies
will be the easiest way to make friends. After all, you already know you’ll have at least one
thing in common with everyone else.
There is a society for everything. However niche your interests are, you’re sure to find a
social group filled with people who share your passions. Put your name down for different
activities during freshers’ week, and remember that you don’t have to commit to anything.
But keep in mind that the more things you try, the more well-rounded your experience will be.
Keep your support network close
Moving into university is an unsettling prospect for many people – let alone those who are
flying across borders to do it. Especially in the early weeks, you may find yourself needing to
lean on your support network, whether that’s friends and family back home, and/or peers in
your new surroundings. Whilst anyone back home will be there for emotional support,
anyone you meet at university will be best placed to help you adjust and make the transition
a little easier, since they’ll be in a similar situation to you.
Get familiar with public transport
Whilst the availability of public transport will vary depending on where you’re staying, the UK
generally is very well connected. Especially if you’re based in one of the larger cities like
London, getting familiar with the buses and underground network early on will make it easier
for the rest of your time there. Note down your nearest train station and bus stop, so you’ll be
able to ask for directions if you ever get lost.
Set aside some time for exploring
Particularly in your first year, you may find yourself with a little extra time between university
work and social responsibilities. And though your university commitments have to take
precedence, what better way to experience the local culture than by venturing off campus to
see what this beautiful country has to offer?
As a student at a higher education institution in the UK, you will be eligible for discounts at
certain retailers, restaurants and even on transport. Make the most of these perks, and tick
off a few different places you’ve always wanted to visit in the UK – you’ll thank yourself for
setting the time aside when your university experience is all over!