About The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is made of up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England, Scotland, and Wales share the island of Great Britain, which lies just off the northwest coast of continental Europe. The fourth country, Northern Ireland, is a portion of another island, which is split between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an independent country, in the south.
The UK education system is flexible, so you can study in a way that suits your lifestyle and career aspirations. When you study in the UK you meet people from different nationalities, sharing their backgrounds and discovering new perspectives. UK qualifications are recognized and respected throughout the world. It‘s flexible education system suits all streams of students and gives countless career opportunities worldwide.
Despite the changeable nature of UK’s weather, there are four distinct seasons in the UK: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. On the whole, temperatures rarely fall below -5˚C or rise much above 32˚C. One of the most noticeable climatic features in the UK is long summer days and short winter ones: it gets dark by 1600 in December, but not until 2200 in July.
Living in the United Kingdom
Finding a nice place to live is always difficult. The UK is no exception – getting the right accommodation can be hard, especially in large cities. There are wide varieties of safe and modern accommodation offered to students in the UK, you need to choose from them.
Depending on where you are looking, good quality and larger rental properties can often be difficult to find and prohibitively expensive. Furnished or partly-furnished flats rented for short periods can be especially pricey.
- On-Campus – Most UK universities offer places for new students in their halls of residence. Halls can vary from single rooms with shared kitchen and living areas to self-contained studios.
- Off-Campus – Many Students choose off-campus option (Private, rented accommodation) as they want to explore their life beyond the campus.
- Home Stay – a homestay is an option where you live with a UK family in their home. It will be a great opportunity to experience UK culture.
- Flats and houses – Students may wish to share a furnished flat or house with friends after they have been in the UK for some time. They will share all the rent, gas and electricity bills. This sort of accommodation can be cheaper than others.
- Bedsits – A bed-sitting room is a single room for both living and sleeping. Cooking facilities may be in the bedsit or elsewhere in the building. Bathroom facilities are normally shared. Bedsits give independence and a lot of freedom, but may be lonely. They vary in size and quality so a student should never take a room without seeing it first.
- Accommodation for mature students -If students plan to bring their families along, and are sure they have adequate finances to meet the extra costs involved, we would advise them to travel ahead of their families, before their course begins. In order to secure a suitable place to stay before the arrival of their dependents.
Estimated living costs
The cost of living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, budget and spending habits. You can consider a part-time job while studying in the UK to help pay off any loans or to cover your basic needs.
Level Estimated living costs (£)
Undergraduate 40 weeks 7000-9000
Postgraduate 52 weeks 9000-11000