Living in England

For the last 20 years England has been one of the most popular destinations among students. The number of international students going to study there is increasing each year. Some of them only go there to study, but others stay permanently.
English people are different from other nationalities, by being extremely well mannered and polite. For instance, when an Englishman steps on someones foot, usually the one to apologize first is the one who is being stepped on. Habits that at first seem strange for foreigners are caught on quickly. Self-control and the ability to stay calm and patient in every situation is considered to be an English characteristic. Despite of the pace in big cities, British people usually prefer a calm and peaceful way of life. Because of the huge amount of immigrants living in England, international students feel rather well in their new environment. England is a very tolerant country, there is hardly any discrimination left. Throughout their studies students have a lot of privileges. Majority of governmental services and institutions are willing to offer their help to international students.
For the people living in European Union, England does not require visa. This simplifies the application process and gives an opportunity to have the same rights as local students.

Getting to England is rather easy because most of the countries have straight airlines. Prices of the tickets are quite low. Popular aviation companies in Europe are, for example: EasyJet, RayanAir , AirBaltic and others. Single ticket prices start from €50.

Expenses

Habitation, food and public transportation. Living and public transportation are the most expensive things in England. Prices in England are different depending on region. In London dormitory or rental apartment prices are about £100-150 higher than in other cities in England. In other cities medium cost for an apartment near city center or university is approximately £300-350 per month. Dormitory rooms cost more than to rent a room in an apartment. This is the reason why many Real Estate companies have student houses, which are furnished and equipped with everything necessary for living. It is important to know that for renting a property, deposit is necessary and the amount is usually one months rent. Consulting about letting a property is possible via e-mail. Food costs in England are not considered as one of the highest, they are similar in most of European countries. Average cost for the public transportation is about £60. Students have various discounts. For using international transportation (like buses and trains), it is wise to make an early reservation to get discounts, which are about 30-50%.

Where to get help?

In case of any problems, students can always turn to their university. Every university has got an International Office which helps students with their problems. If students have any questions about studies then they can turn to their year manager, who supervises the courses. Universities also help students with finding a job. For more information about job hunting, students can go to Career Centers, that are located at universities. Career Center helps students to make a relevant curriculum vitae, to prepare for the interview and give advice where to look for a job. For further job-hunt, students can register themselves in governmental centers for unemployed people, called Job Center. To get medical help, students need to register themselves in residential medical center to have a personal doctor. To do this, it is necessary to have a student card and a copy of a residential contract. Students have the right to get complete medical help without a charge.
First things to do when you have arrived:
After arrival it is important to fill in and collect all the necessary documents:
1.Get a letter from the university to prove that you are a full-time student.
2. Sign habitation contract.
With the help of these documents students can open a bank account, register themselves to doctor and in a Job Center  After signing the habitation contract, it would be wise to inform the university and loan company about your new address.

Studies

In British universities, studies begin in the middle of September and start with an introductory week. First week includes: registration of students, getting to know the university and the city. Studies take place only a couple of days (3-4) a week, depending on chosen modules. Besides usual lectures, students take part of practical tasks, have discussions about different topics, prepare presentations and solve problems as an example from real life. Teachers have friendly attitudes towards international students and they are willing to answer any questions. Studies in England are interesting, full of practical tasks, group work and creative applications. Not being fully occupied at university gives an opportunity to earn some extra income. Students mainly work in the field of customer service, where they can make their work schedules according to their study time-table.

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