Home away from home? Or a totally new world?
What is life like for international students in the UK?
With more than 600,000 international students studying in the UK annually, the United Kingdom is one of the most popular study destinations in the world.
With Its rich academic history, easy post-study visa rules, and friendly people, the United Kingdom is a popular destination. However, many young Nepalese still find themselves asking, "Will I find friends, or will it be a lonely ride?"
"Does the UK have good Nepalese food? Or will I have to adapt to completely different cuisines and food habits altogether?"
In this blog, you'll get a splash of what living in the UK is really like.
Student Life in the UK for International Students:
Student life in the UK varies depending on the location of your university. Cities like London, Coventry, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Glasgow have international students in high density, so finding familiar faces is a fairly easy ride.
Right from food to finding friends, students studying in big UK cities find the adaptation from Nepal to the UK pretty smooth.
Fun fact: Did you know Butter Chicken Masala is one of the national dishes of the UK?
That's right, studying in the UK will not feel too far from home after all!However, if you will be studying in the lush countryside of the UK, it might not be this "desi-fied", but you will surely find an on-campus international student community to help you connect with students from Nepal and other neighbouring regions
The 'UK Council for International Student Affairs" was set up in 1968 specifically to work with and support international students. It is an advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them. UKCISA offers a range of immigration, fees, student support, cross-cultural, orientation and mental health training as part of their resources to international students.
You can get in contact with a UKCISA volunteer and they can guide you on the latest rules on visas and immigration, student finance, tuition fees, and a wider student experience in general.
Imbibing the 'English' lifestyle!
Studying in the United Kingdom is a great opportunity to diversify your cultural knowledge and interact with students from different cultures.
But what's the best part?
This cultural diversification gives you a strong sense of identity and individuality. It will be an interesting off-campus learning experience for you when you are studying in the UK.
Although, it is unmissable that you will subtly adapt to English mannerisms during your stint in the UK. Be it the fondness for English tea or the slangs.
We bet, even your wardrobe will be dominated by either black or navy outfits by the end of your stint in the UK .
'Full-time Student, Part-Time Tourist
From the big red bus, the black cabs, and the red telephone booths studying in London or any other city in the UK will give you a taste of being both a student and a tourist at the same time.
PRO TIP: Follow city-specific Instagram pages for travel guides.
Something for everyone: What is day-to-day life like for students in the UK?
Universities in the UK provide a holistic approach to education. There are around 300 clubs and societies in the UK. It is an integral part of universities in the UK. Be it cultural, sports or career building, students always find something that can interest them.
Fun-Fact: Did you know Oxford University has 400 clubs and societies?
The academic body of the UK university encourages students to become participants of these clubs as per their own interest.
The best part is that there is no time limit for students to join these clubs. You can take your own time to explore your interests and join them at your own pace. Although, these might be pre-seasonal training for sports clubs.
UK Entertainment Circle: A perfect match for every taste!
Do you like watching theatre or are you a massive music fan or are you both? Whether you like to just listen or perform yourself, you'll find access to pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera, and other forms of world music in the UK. From small clubs, independent cafes, and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals, and tented gigs, you can indulge in top-tier live music anywhere in the UK.
And, before you start looking for tickets, we must warn you - These tickets come at a hefty price. The good part however, is that you can work part-time hours to make money while living and studying in the UK to spend on such cool events.
Cold and gloomy? Let's talk about the weather in the UK
It is true, the rain gods really love the UK. For the most part, it is rainy and gloomy; so if you imagined being covered in snow at all times, you are mistaken!
In recent times, the United Kingdom has been receiving a good summer spell. This change in climate offers residents a good mix of weather, so it's not a complete shocker!
Even though the weather in the UK may not be as harsh as you may imagine, you can still face a lot of challenges while adjusting to it. Winter depressions are a real thing in the UK! Make sure you register with your nearest GP or "University Health Service" and take necessary help when required.
PRO TIP: Every university has a "University Health Service." It is a paid health service that comes at a minimum cost. Students get on-campus GP service, easy appointments, and flu shots when registered with UHS.
Studying in the UK is known to be one of the best experiences a person can gain in life. You are rewarded with plenty of bigger opportunities to make the UK your home.
If this has excited you to study in the UK, speak to one of our education counsellors to find out more about universities in the UK.
- Is it hard to live in the UK as a student?
Universities in the UK are quite particular about their curriculum, so it naturally takes a lot of hard work to study there. However, they have a friendly on-campus environment with plenty of student support groups to help you at every step.
2. Is the UK expensive for students?
There are multiple expenses associated with studying in the UK. However, you can support yourself with part-time jobs and various scholarships financing your studies in the UK.
3. How much can a student earn in the UK?
Students between the ages 18-20 earn GBP 6.84 per hour and students between the ages 21-22 earn GBP 9.18 per hour. These rates have been applicable since April 2022 as per the UK government.
4. What challenges will you face in the UK?
Adjusting to a new academic environment, an unfamiliar living accommodation, and the rainy weather can be challenging when studying in the UK. You can take help from student help groups when facing any such difficulties while studying in the UK.