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Living in UK

Many students dream of studying internationally for the entirety of the college experience. Moving to a different country and experiencing a new culture and lifestyle change is a chance that is rarely offered past college study. However, the concept of studying abroad and living in a completely new country can seem daunting and unnerving, even to the most prepared student. The UK is a very popular location for international students looking to study abroad for their college experience. Prior to starting college life in another country, however, prospective students should look into costs, not only for the university, but lifestyle and residency as well.

Currency Conversion

One of the most important factors for international students to be aware of is the transition of currency between their home country (the United States) and the UK; one U.S. dollar is equal to about 0.69 British pound.

Tuition and Fees

Once students have completed the application process and have been accepted into a university, they will come to the point of the college process where tuition and other expenses come into play. As with most universities, there is no set flat rate for tuition per yearly basis; each university and college charges a different rate per credit and different overall fees. The maximum that universities typically charge is 9,000 ($13,440) and the minimum of 6,000 (8,950). International students can easily find these out by checking their accepted university's website under the admissions sections.

Housing

In order to successfully move to the UK as an international student, tuition is not the only cost that should be considered. Prior to moving, international students should look into their select university at housing accommodations and see if it is at all a possibility. If the university provides housing, especially to international students, then the decision comes to whether the student would like to live within the walls of the university or decide to venture out on their own to find their own living arrangements. Housing concerns can be addressed by looking at the university's website and viewing costs of on-campus housing.

However, if an international student decides to find residency elsewhere, costs can grow immensely. When looking for a place to live, students should know that prices increase the closer locations get to the heart of cities (like London). The UK's National Union of Students attempted to total amounts for students per year: 12,000 (about $19,000). The typical average rent total per year is anywhere between 4,000 (about $7,000) to 5,000, depending on the location of residence. The rest of the total is broken down into food and travel for school and possible work, insurances, personal items and a portion set aside for traveling and free time.

Local Travel

While living internationally, students need to take advantage of the opportunities surrounding them in the short time they reside in the UK. With free time, students will have chances to travel to neighboring countries, a possibility that is not easily (or cheaply) accessed living in the United States.

One of the easiest ways to become accustomed to life as a student in a new country is through international organizations and societies, typically run through the university attended. These organizations provide chances for foreign students to meet new people, attend events, go on trips and provide support and advice. Student organizations and local groups for international students allow an easy transition into a new culture, to clear up any misunderstandings or confusion and answer any questions.