Last Updated: January 22, 2021

Living in UK

Many students dream of studying internationally for the entirety of the college experience.

Moving to a different country, experiencing a new culture and lifestyle is a chance that is rarely offered past college studies. However, living in a completely new country can seem daunting and unnerving, even to the most prepared student.

Unsurprisingly, the UK is a very popular location for international students looking to study abroad. However, before starting college life in another country, prospective students should plan their budget, not only for the university but lifestyle and residency as well.

Below you will find all the information you would need to get a rough idea about living abroad. Let's look into it!

Currency Conversion

One of the most important factors for international students to be aware of is the transition of currency between their home country and the UK. This information is not always consistent as the rates seem to be affected by a lot of factors, hence, it is advisable to check the conversion rate frequently.

The most recent conversion rate is: 1 U.S. dollar is equal to about 0.73 British pounds.

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 rate for tuition on a 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 ($13,000) and the minimum of £6,000 ($9,000). But this amount is reserved only for UK students.

The tuition fees for international students are on a spectrum, depending on the university and the course you have chosen, but the average fees for undergraduate students begins at £10,000 ($15,000) going up to £38,000 ($55,000); whereas for the postgraduate (taught) degree the fees begins at £9,000 ($13,000) and can go up to £16,000 ($22,000).

It all depends on the location of your university, the course you have enrolled in and other factors. Once you have an idea of the tuition fees, you can set aside the amount needed for housing.

Housing

To successfully move to the UK as an international student, tuition is not the only cost that should be considered. Before moving, it is advisable for international students to look into their chosen university's housing accommodations and determine if on-campus would be a good choice - price pointwise.

It is possible that very few universities would provide no accommodations on-campus. However, 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 living arrangements.

Remember: 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).

Cost of living in the UK (per month average)
In London University accommodation - £750; Private housing - £850
Outside London University accommodation - £520; Private housing - £500


Note: Accommodation costs mentioned above are subject to change as per cities. Areas outside London have a considerably lower price point overall.

Local Travel

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

Note: Your visa is not affected by going to travel to different countries from the UK.

But more importantly, if you choose to live off-campus, you might have to bear the cost of traveling to your university. The average cost of public transport in London is close to £60, whereas outside London it ranges from £45-50.

How is the cost of food in the UK?

Students living on-campus might be able to save on food expenditures, although students living off-campus would have to create a budget for themselves. Grocery stores in the UK are all on a spectrum of price points. You will have choices and varieties of grocery stores to choose from as per your budget. Furthermore, getting a grocery card would be a huge benefit on your side as it would save plenty of time and money.

Creating connections

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. In most universities, joining a society/club is free of cost and the society/club receives funds for any field trips, so overall its a free opportunity!

You could also keep an eye out for heavy student discounts that you can get almost anywhere in the UK after showing your ID Car!


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