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Life Hacks for International Students in the UK

Life Hacks for International Students in the UK

As a student in the UK, you will find a variety of exciting experiences ahead of you, including the opportunity to discover beautiful places and make new friends. Let us explore how to make the most of your student life in the United Kingdom.


AHZ Associates

July 29, 2021



  2. Plan Your Expenses How to strike a balance between the

    probable costs and the actual expenses. Explore the Culture Get to learn and indulge in the British culture and the unique history of the nation. Accommodation & Transport How to utilize the public transportation facilities efficiently and save money. Table of Contents Social Engagement Get a knack of extracurricular activities, university clubs, student unions and social events. © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 1
  3. Strike the Balance © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 2

  4. Plan Your Expenses UK Student Visa According to www.gov.uk, it

    costs £348 to apply for a student visa from outside the UK. Other Expenses These include food expenses, electricity, water, gas, internet and other utility bill as well as books and groceries. Tuition Fees This vary according to courses and universities. Verify the same via an authorised UK university representative. Accommodation Costs Bigger cities like London will be costlier. You can choose a hall of residence, off campus or private renting. Living Expenses The choice of accommodation and spending habits will affect your living expenses in UK © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 3
  5. What is the Average Expense? On average, the international undergraduate

    fees in the UK is around £12,000 per year and for Master’s , the average is between £10,000 - £13,000 per year. Note that the course fees is comparatively higher for medical degrees. For laboratory and research-based programs, average annual fees is estimated at £14,000. UK Visa and Immigration requires you to have a budget of £1,265 per month to study in London and £1,015 per month outside London. A Goal Must Have a Plan Expense Average cost (monthly) Utility £40 - £50 Food & housekeeping £160 - £200 Mobile phone £15 - £50 Books & stationery £21 Socialising £120 Transport (if you use a student bus pass) £32 Leisure £10 - £20 * All figures are indicative © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 4
  6. Get to Know the UK © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020

  7. The Options The mountains of Wales, the hills of England,

    the Lake District and the Yorkshire moors. You’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and many other genres. Most supermarkets sell ingredients from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and many other parts of the world. Numerous film festivals are organised in Britain and there are cinemas in almost every town of the UK. © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 6
  8. Even More Options… Arts & History You can visit traditional

    museums, contemporary art galleries (sculpture, painting, video and photography). Sports Many UK institutions have state-of-the-art sports facilities. You can attend or participate in organised sports activities. Local Events Participate or attend theater and visual arts events, music concerts and comedy stand-ups. Staying Fit International students do not need private medical insurance when studying in the UK. You will have access to National Health Services (NHS) UK. © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 7
  9. With it’s renowned buildings, hectic markets and vibrant lifestyle, it

    comes as no surprise that London as well as UK is a popular destination for international students. So, how can you conquer the city and what should be on your bucket list? Make the Most of Your UK Student Life • Pay a visit to at least one museum • See the London skyline • Know where to stand on the tube (metro train) • Grab a tea or coffee at Waitrose • Move across London by cable car • Visit the Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station • Buy some flowers from Columbia Street (they’re cheap) • Enjoy free performances at The Scoop • Buy affordable cinema tickets at the Barbican • Bag a study space in outstanding surroundings • Visit a second-hand bookshop © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 8
  10. Make the Right Choice © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 9

  11. Student Accommodation in the UK As an international student looking

    to study in the UK, you can reach out to reputed UK education consultants in your area to assist you with the accommodation arrangements as well. These representatives have partnership with multiple student accommodation providers around the UK and they can help you identify the right choice for you. You must ensure that you complete the procedures in advance, to secure your place. Halls of residence – these are owned, managed and maintained by UK universities. Private halls of residence or renting – these are slightly more expensive, but the facilities can be more modern. © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 10
  12. Travel & Transport With 24 international airports in the UK

    and affordable fares, you can travel long distances. Flights You can buy a ticket from the driver when you board. Use a season ticket to save money. Buses Consider booking a cab from a company recommended by your university or college. Cars & Taxis You can travel by coach to hundreds of UK towns. You can save money by using a coach card. Coaches This is a very popular way to get around the city; it saves money and keeps you fit as well. Cycling 06 02 04 03 05 01 The UK has a large train network around the country and students can apply for a railcard. Trains © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 11
  13. Maintain Study – Life Balance © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020

  14. 1 4 2 3 Talk to fellow students from different

    parts of the world and realize you are not alone. Join student clubs and societies to socialize with British as well as foreign students. Talk to your personal tutor or mentor and they will help you cope with the new surroundings. Take along a few items from your home country to make your room feel more like home. Dealing With a Different Culture © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 13
  15. Some common etiquette that is expected in the UK: •

    Simple politeness (like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’) • It is rude to be late in Britain • If you are invited to a party, carry a small gift • You are expected to queue in banks, shops etc. • If you provide a tip to someone, make sure it has not already been added to your bill. • It is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on race, gender, age, class or disability. Social Rules © AH&Z Associates Ltd. 2020 14