• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer-than-average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful River Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes Street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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Moving to the UK to Study: Everything You Need to Know

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Studying in a different country is an exciting opportunity, and it’s one that thousands of students take up every year. The UK Council for International Student Affairs estimates that there were 442,375 international students studying in the UK between 2016 and 2017, and that number is only going up. London is the most popular city among international students, with people travelling from as far as China and Australia to study here.

There is plenty on offer for international students in the UK, including some of the world’s highest-ranking universities, cities that are full of culture, and strong industry links (both nationally and internationally). If you’re heading to the UK to study, here’s how you should prepare to make the most of your time as a student:

TRAVELLING HERE

So you’ve booked your flight, you’ve packed, and now you’re ready to go. Make sure that you have the following:

  • Printed flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport
  • The right currency (you should have pounds sterling)
  • The right baggage allowance for everything that you need to bring along

When you land in the UK, it may be cold and wet, so make sure you’ve packed a raincoat! Once you’ve got that covered, you will need…

  • Directions to your new accommodation
  • Knowledge of relevant public transport, because you might need to travel using buses, trains, trams, or even (if you’re lucky enough to be studying in London) the tube

IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS

UK universities provide great support for international students, but here are some other key contact details to note down in case you need a little extra support.

    • UK Council for International Student Affairs
      (+44)(0)20 7288 4330
      www.ukcisa.org.uk
    • National Union of Students (NUS)
      (+44) (0)845 5210 262
      www.nus.org.uk
    • British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC)
      (+44) (0)300 330 1400
      www.the-bac.org

THE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

A large part of the UK student experience is meeting new people, socialising, and getting involved with the many student events that are on offer. Moving to a new country and away from your family might make you feel a little bit homesick, but universities offer plenty of groups and societies where you can pursue new (or existing) interests and thereby make new friends.

The great thing about clubs and societies is that you will always be able to meet like-minded people. Whether you enjoy playing sport or you’d prefer to take a painting class, there will be an activity that suits you – you just have to get stuck in.

EXPLORE YOUR NEW HOME

Thousands of tourists visit UK cities every single year, but there is only so much that you can do in a short holiday. When you move to a new country, you have the opportunity to explore the city properly. From cultural attractions to hidden gems, you’ll have plenty of time to get out and see it all.

Many international students use their time to explore the rest of the UK while they’re here. In comparison to other countries, the UK is small, and you will be just a short drive, train ride, bus ride, or flight away from other tourist cities. As a student, you’ll be given plenty of discounts on travel, food, and retail, so take advantage of it while you can and get exploring!

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ACCOMMODATION

There are different types of accommodation in the UK, and it’s all about finding the right place to suit your needs. You can choose a provider that looks after everything for you, or you can choose to take a more independent approach. Have a look at our locations and see what we offer.

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