UK life is an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. Study in the UK and you’ll find an array of exciting experiences to discover - music, celebrations, accents, people to meet, places to visit – the list is endless. As the UK is such a cosmopolitan society you’ll find that many UK customs are already familiar to you – so you’ll settle in faster than you think.
Religion in the UK
If you follow a religion and worship regularly at home, then you can continue to do so when you study in the UK. UK religion covers all faiths and every major world religion is welcome.
The food you can buy in the UK reflects the many ethnic influences in British society. Most supermarkets sell ingredients from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as food from many other parts of the world. The British are increasingly healthy eaters and there is a very wide range of organic produce available in shops and supermarkets.
Of course, you’ll still find the famous English breakfast and fish and chips, but you’ll also see a very diverse range of meals and menus while you’re studying in the UK.
UK entertainment for international students
Music is a big part of UK culture. Whether you just listen or take part, you’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music. From small clubs, independent cafes and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals or gigs, you can listen and dance to live music all over the UK. Many big-name and independent artists and bands play at UK university or college venues too.
'There are a number of international student accommodation options you can choose for UK study. We’ve put together some useful tips to help you make up your mind. '
There are two main choices for international student accommodation – halls of residence or private flats and houses. Your options depend on your UK study choice and the institution you apply to, but here are some things to consider in choosing a great place to live:
• How close is the accommodation to your place of study?
• Are there good public transport links?
• Is it close to shops and facilities?
• How big is your room?
• Will you have enough quiet and privacy for study?
University/college owned international student accommodation
Most UK institutions provide accommodation for international students. This will either be a room in halls of residence (either full-board or self-catering) or a self-catering shared house or flat. If you want to stay in university/college owned accommodation you should apply as soon as you are accepted on your course.
Private accommodation for UK international students
You can make the most of your independence as an international student by renting private accommodation. The most usual type is a room in a house or flat shared with other students. It’s a good idea to agree how to split bills beforehand and you’ll do your own cooking and cleaning.
UK accommodation for international English language students
If you’re studying English in the UK, your English language centre can help you arrange accommodation. The choices available will depend on where you study: it may be halls of residence or a hostel, or lodging with a UK family. Living with a UK family is the most common option and will give you the opportunity to practice English in a supportive environment.
Independent school accommodation in the UK
If you are planning to study at a UK independent college or school, you will most likely be offered boarding at that institution. Independent boarding schools offer a relaxed, home-like atmosphere. Pupils stay in bedrooms or dormitories on the school site, living under the same roof as residential house staff and their families.