Studying abroad requires research and equal preparation to complete it successfully. It is advisable to spend time making necessary preparation to ensure not only about the institution, course or visa documentation but also about the lifestyle, culture & accommodation. To settle in a new country with different customs, languages, food and practice requires effort and adjustment.
Planning your Arrival in the UK
Travelling will be a lot easier if you prepare well for your journey. Make sure everything is well-organized before you leave your home country. You should plan your journey from your point of entry into the UK to your final destination. If you don’t have such information, you can look up to your place of study on the internet before you leave. Many institutions provide airport pick up service for your arrival in the UK. In case you require this service, you will need to book it in advance. The more you plan in advance, the better you will feel during your travels.
Planning your Luggage
While planning for your hand luggage, you should keep in mind about the weight limits. You need to know how much baggage an airline allows. Also there are certain items prohibited like alcohol, guns, foods, tobacco or prescription drugs that aren’t approved in the UK.
While traveling to UK, the required documentation to be included in hand luggage include:
Valid passport and visa
Offer letter/ CAS
Accommodation confirmation and destination address
Cash or Visa Cards
Air tickets and departure details
Airport pick up and University contact details
These are some of the most important documents to be included in the hand luggage so that they could be furnished when required.
Climate and Clothing
The UK has a reputation for having cold, wet and dreary weather. So, you better be prepared. In regards to the climate and clothing, it would be appropriate to pack accordingly as per the seasons:
Autumn (September to November)
Winter (December to February)
Spring (March to May)
Summer (June to August)
Transportation in UK
Transport in the United Kingdom is facilitated with road, air, rail, and water networks. Roads and motorways are Britain's primary domestic transport routes. Travel by car, van or taxi is by far the most common means of transport, accounting for 85 percent of passenger mileage in Great Britain. Using public transport in Britain is an easy, economical way to travel and a great way to experience the local life.
Accommodation in UK
Accommodation in the UK can be the biggest challenge you’ll have to tackle as an International student. When choosing accommodation, practical advice would be to think about your own needs: how close it is from your institution, how much it will cost, how secure it is and so on. The available options include:
University/ College Accommodation: Most universities and colleges have their own accommodation, hall of residence for the students.
Private accommodation (houses/ apartments): The most usual type is a room in a house with sharing facilities. Usually the cost can range from £ 500- 1200 based on the area of accommodation and type you choose.
Opening Bank Account
To open an account you will need to provide documents showing proof of identification, your UK and home addresses and your student status. Documents required for opening a bank account :
Take enough Money
It can take up to five working days to open a bank account, so it is advisable to have some sterling in cash and travellers cheques on arrival to meet immediate expenses during your first weeks in the UK. Either in cash or traveller's cheques, make sure you have enough money to cover custom charges, transportation costs and emergency expenses. Also, notice that airports usually charge higher fees for currency exchanges.
Going to the UK to study can be an amazing experience. If you take the time to research, to meet other people, and to check everything twice, you will likely have one of the most life-changing experiences of your entire life. It may be trying at first, but if you’re really devoted to the idea of studying abroad in the UK, just do it! You will not regret it for one moment.