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Living in the U.K.
Four countries in one
The UK is made up of four countries which are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country has its own distinct identity and language. While English is the main language spoken in the UK, other languages include Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots, Cornish, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.
The UK has four distinct seasons which are winter, spring, summer and autumn. The temperature varies depending on the season but usually does not go beyond 32 degrees Celsius and rarely goes below -5 degrees Celsius. It gets dark by10pm during summer months and 4pm during the winter.
The UK is a cosmopolitan place to live as it is home to people from many different ethnic backgrounds. About 8% of the UK population is made up of ethnic minorities that have migrated from all over the world. Though most people are Christian, many other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism are practised. The multicultural influence has brought about widespread availability of international cuisine in the UK as well as having a great impact on music, art, sports, science and literature.
Fun and exciting student culture
Students in the UK are able to explore the length and breadth of the UK inexpensively as they eligible for discounted travel. A couple of highlights include the yearly Edinburgh Festivals and Glastonbury Festival. There is a lot of choice for students interested in art and culture as the UK has over 2000 museums and art galleries, many offering free entry. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy major sports events held over weekends and a wide range of sporting activities which are ongoing at university campuses.
The UK boasts of ancient historical architecture, picturesque countryside villages, lively seaside towns and stunning natural attractions. The spectacular UK landscape is made up of impressive views of dramatic cliffs along the coastal lines, amazing lakes and rivers and magnificent valleys and mountains.
Vibrant capital cities
The UK’s vibrant capital cities are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. While all these capital cities are very modern and have gone through a lot of development, the history and landscape of the surrounding areas have been maintained thus retaining its identity and individuality.
Most private high schools will provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students. Accommodation costs are usually not included in the tuition fee.
Most universities can provide on-campus or off-campus accommodation options, and temporary quarters for students.
University dormitory usually cheaper, the cost depends on the type dormitories, students can choose a private room or shared with other students. A few dormitories provide basic amenities, catering and cleaning services. Due to the popularity, students are advised to submit applications in advance.
Live with a local family - This is the best way to understand the local culture, and it is a more common choice for short-term language course and younger students. Students will be placed in single or shared room, and the meals are already included in room rate.
In addition to the above accommodation options, students can consider to rent houses or apartments with other students. Generally, landlords require tenants to pay a month's rent and one month's rent to be paid additionally as a deposit; students should purchase their own furniture.
All international students enrolled on a course for more than six months qualify for free medical treatment under the UK's National Health Service (NHS), which removes concerns over any potential healthcare bills and is a significant benefit of studying in the UK.
UK institutions have excellent support services, which include a dedicated international students office, international student societies, academic support, counselling support and personal tutors.
Health and wellbeing on campus
The campuses are alive and busy with lots of social and sporting activities. There are excellent sports facilities on or near to most university campuses and clubs and societies catering to a range of interests. This is an excellent way to meet students from the UK and around the world as well as learning about different cultures and lifestyles.