1. Check if you need to register
Some foreign nationals are required to register with the police within 7 days of landing in UK. For this, you’ll need your passport, 2 passport pictures, and £34 in cash.
2. Buy a coat
It is often said that the only thing certain about the British weather is its uncertainty. We would suggest you take along a coat, sturdy shoes and warm clothes to UK.
3. Open a bank account
It’s useful to have a UK bank account to pay bills and rent without any difficulties. Sadly, banks tend to give a lot of privileges and benefits to those with UK passport. However, you can get a basic bank account which will not give you credit but will enable you to get money from cash machines and make payments.
4. Join the international society
Your university or student union will help you if you face any difficulties with your course or life in UK. Your best resource, though, is your international society which will have specific experience and understanding of your needs. Most of these have a lot of social events which is a great way to meet people.
5. Learn more English
If you’re reading this, then you must have a decent command over the language. However, the academic English you’ll be required to use in assignments is quite advanced. Institutions usually offer a range of courses, from free lunchtime tutorials to residential pre-sessional courses that cost £200 – £300 per week.
6. Stay healthy
Looking at the weather of Britain, there are high chances that you might catch a common cold very easily. If you do, then make sure to get rest, take fluids and vitamins. If the symptoms get worse, consult your local doctor. If you are a student in UK, then medical services are free for you for six months or more.
7. Stay in touch
As soon as you reach UK, make sure to get a local sim and a good talk time package along with an internet package. Being a student internet is probably the most important thing in your life. Not only to connect with others but also this will help you to complete your assignments efficiently.
8. Don’t be a victim
Generally, the UK is a very safe and welcoming place for international students. But still, it is better to be safe than sorry. Students can often be a target for thieves, so, always keep your windows and doors locked if you go out. And when you go out, try to stay in groups and don’t leave valuables on display. You can always call the emergency services free from any phone, and for non-emergencies contact your nearest police station. Also, make sure to get an insurance policy.
9. Get a job
Working part-time is a great way to earn cash and meet people. If you’re from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), you don’t need permission to work in the UK. If you’re from outside the EEA but on a full-time course of study, you can work up to 20 hours a week in term time and full-time during holidays. (Unless your visa or passport stamp states otherwise).
10. Move around
Being in a new city, definitely makes you curious. So, move around and go visit places at every chance you get. Look at the beautiful places around and try to get familiar with the place. It is convenient for students to move around because public transport in UK is generally cheap and well-organized. Also, it is really safe to move around in public transport and explore.