Many students find that the British climate very changeable. You may be used to a much warmer climate, or you may just find the greyness and dampness, especially during the winter months, difficult to get used to. British weather can vary. It is generally cold and wet in the winter and warm in the summer. Temperatures can range from -15C in Scotland to the low 30s in the summer.
The UK is generally a safe place to be but like all parts of the world, you need to make sure you look after yourself and heed advice. The British Council have produced a helpful guide for international students to help you. For further information, please click here.
The UK has a abundance of difference cuisines with everything from curries, burgers to pho and even kimchi. There is something out there for everyone. There are also traditional British foods for you to try and many eateries offer students discounts so take advantage.
Make the most of your free time as a student by taking part in the massive array of social activities open to you. Your university or college will almost certainly have a students' union which is dedicated to social, organisational activities, representation and academic support of the students in your university. There will be clubs and societies suited to everyone. The UK also has some of the best theatres, galleries, museums and shopping centres in the world. Not to mention all the sporting activities you can watch and take part in.
- Education UK is the official British Council website for international students looking for courses or for studying in the UK.
- The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) is the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing information and advice on how vocational, academic and professional qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide compare with those on offer in the UK.
- The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) site features downloadable guidance notes covering various aspects of living and studying in the UK.
- The Which? University site from UK consumer group Which? is a free-to-use, independent source of information and advice to help students find the right degree course and university.
- Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.