When it comes to choosing a course to study at university, where you’ll study is almost as important as what.
Obviously, choosing the right institution is key, but if you’re looking to study abroad, choosing the right country is also vital.
If you’re considering studying in the UK, here, we answer the top 7 most asked questions about student life there.
- What are the universities in the UK like?
- What are the living costs like?
- What is there to do in the UK?
- What is student accommodation like?
- What is freshers’ week?
- Are extra-curricular activities offered?
- What’s the weather like?
What are the Universities in the UK like?
With over 395 universities and other higher education institutions offering more than 50,000 undergraduate courses, the range of subjects available to study is almost endless.
On top of that, degrees earned from UK universities are respected all over the world.
Many UK universities are members of prestigious domestic and international research groups, and are internationally recognised, with 4 of the universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022 top ten being based in the UK.
What are the living costs like?
The costs of living in the UK will largely depend on where you choose to study, and what extra expenses you’d have, such as a gym membership or streaming subscriptions.
Current UK students visa requirements call for at least £1,015 to be deposited into your bank account each month, with that rising to £1,265 if you want to study in London.
According to Which? the monthly costs for the below are:
- Food shop: £74
- Transport: £80
- Clothing: £42
- Eating out: £26
- Water, gas & electricity: £46
- Phone & internet: £27
To help, many shops and organisations in the UK offer discounts for students.
For example, an Oyster card in London can give 30% off of train, bus or tram tickets, and students outside of London can apply for an NUS Extra Card for a small price.
What is there to do in the UK?
A country with a deep history and a wide range of cultures, you will never lack for something to do in the UK.
Whether you’re based in a bustling metropolitan city, or a picturesque cobblestoned village, you’ll be sure to find a mix of restaurants, bars, pubs, concerts, and even outdoor markets to while away your time.
Quite a compact island, if you manage to exhaust the options in the city you’re studying in, you’re never far away from a new one with new attractions.
For example, Manchester is a city famous for its culture and is filled with galleries, stadiums, museums, and restaurants.
If you’re considering studying there, you’ll want to check out our list of the city’s hidden gems for students!
What is student accommodation like?
Finding a place to stay in another country is a tall order, but many universities have halls and campuses where students can live.
These can range from a block of flats with amenities such as laundry rooms and study facilities, to sprawling campuses with bars, pubs, and restaurants.
Often organised by the university and reserved for first-year students, halls allow you to get to know other students, as well as get to know the city you’re living in so you can make a more informed decision if you move out in your second year.
What is freshers’ week?
Something you may have heard of when talking about studying in the UK is Freshers’ Week.
The term “fresher” refers to a new undergraduate student, and Freshers’ Week generally takes place in the first week of a new academic year.
During this week, the university holds a wide range of events to welcome the new students.
These events are a way for various societies and groups to attract new members, as well as introduce different facilities or extra-curricular activities the university has to offer.
Are extra-curricular activities offered?
Most UK universities have a Student Union, which is a body run by students and full-time professionals who look out for the best interests of the student population.
Through the Student Union, there will be a wide range of groups and societies concerning topics such as sports, politics, music, culture, religion and much more.
Outside of the societies, there are sports teams available to join, some of which compete at national and international levels, as well as other extracurricular activities such as student radio and theatre.
What’s the weather like?
Possibly one of the most common questions asked, we can confirm that it doesn’t always rain in the UK. On the whole, the weather is largely similar throughout the country.
If you’re studying in more northern areas, or in Scotland, it most likely will somewhat colder than in the south, while the western coast can experience the most rain.
During the summer months, the temperature can range between 15 °C to 25°C (59° – 77°F), but have experienced warmer temperatures of around 30°C.
If this all sounds good to you and you’d like to learn more about studying in the UK, contact our friendly advisors today on +44 (0)23 9283 9210.