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Long-distance bus services (coaches) are inexpensive and popular with students. Local bus services generally cover shorter distances than coach services and are cheaper. In London, bus services...
18/11/2015 15:41:00

London Underground (the ‘Tube’)

Many people use the Tube to get around London. There is a Tube station at Heathrow airport, but not at any other airports near London. The helpful  Transport for London website features...
18/11/2015 15:41:00


Many train services offer either ‘Standard’, or ‘First’ Class' tickets (and therefore seating). First Class is much more expensive than ‘Standard Class’, ...
18/11/2015 15:39:00

Academic culture

It may take some time for you to adjust to studying in the UK. Academic culture and expectations vary according to the subject, the level of study and the type of institution. However, there are some ...
18/11/2015 15:06:00

Tier 5 Temporary Worker

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) replaced a number of provisions with five sub-categories:   creative and sporting charity workers (voluntary work) religious workers governme...
13/11/2015 15:59:00

Apply for a NI number

Your National Insurance number (NINo) is a unique personal number which is used to record your National Insurance contributions. You do not need to have a NINo before starting work, but you must obtai...
13/11/2015 11:37:00

Employer is outside the UK

If your employer is outside the UK, your hours of work undertaken in the UK still count towards your limit of 10 or 20 hours a week in term time.  You should also check with HMRC whether you are ...
13/11/2015 11:14:00

Who needs to know?

You will need to tell various people and offices that you intend to leave the UK.  It may be useful to give some people your forwarding address.    At your institution, not...
05/11/2015 20:02:00

Travel and Shipping

Travel To get the cheapest tickets, you have to book early, at least several weeks in advance. You can often find very cheap tickets on the internet, on the websites of either travel companies or the...
05/11/2015 19:59:00

Buying a vehicle

05/11/2015 18:41:00

Learning to drive

If you wish to drive a car in the UK but do not currently hold a valid licence to do so, you will need to apply for a provisional licence and then take a theory test and a practical driving test in or...
05/11/2015 18:38:00

Is it a fraud?

You can help protect yourself by being aware of the common features of these fraudulent calls (‘scams’). The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing, because they hav...
05/11/2015 18:33:00

Bringing money to the UK

You need to be careful about how you bring money to the UK and the amount that you carry. 
09/10/2015 15:29:00

Travel insurance

We recommend that you take out travel insurance before you leave home to cover you for your journey and the first week of your stay in the UK.
07/10/2015 16:46:00

Case studies

Yang - Tier 2 Yang had a good experience, applying for Tier 2 leave in order to take up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Birmingham. He also has helpful information about ...
30/09/2015 11:06:00

NHS Debt and Immigration

Since October 2011, the immigration rules have included provisions to refuse immigration applications by some people, if they have an outstanding unpaid invoice for NHS treatment. See our information...
24/09/2015 14:40:00

Other types of immigration permission

If you are in the UK with some other immigration status, check what your passport sticker or any other documents issued by the Home Office say about employment. You can usually work without restrictio...
18/09/2015 10:42:00

Addresses and contacts

04/09/2015 14:57:00

Specific health issues

04/09/2015 14:54:00


If you are traveling to the UK from a country outside the European Union and are carrying more than 10,000 Euros with you in cash, cheques or a bankers draft you will need to declare this to...
04/09/2015 14:38:00


‘Public hire’ taxis or ‘cabs’ are taxis that are licensed to pick up passengers without advancer booking. In London, as in many UK cities, these are usually the famil...
04/09/2015 14:34:00

Road tax

You must ensure that road tax for your car is paid before you drive it. You can obtain a tax disc by applying online or collecting an application form from any Post Office. You will need your V5C reg...
03/09/2015 17:13:00

Mopeds and Motorcycles

Even if you have a licence for driving a car, you might still need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course before riding a moped or a motorcycle in the UK. On successful completion of the...
03/09/2015 17:01:00

Your contract

Be aware that you will be signing a legally-binding contract when you finally commit to your accommodation, so be aware of the implications. If I sign a joint contract will my liability be different?...
03/09/2015 10:55:00

Rent and other costs

When considering accommodation, you'll need to consider all the associated costs, not just the rent. Here are some issues to think about.
03/09/2015 10:28:00


Many students prefer to live close to their place of study, but this may not always be the best choice.  You may need to balance cost, quality and convenience, especially in larger cities.  ...
03/09/2015 10:26:00

The property

Here are some suggestions for issues to think about when choosing accommodation.  
03/09/2015 10:20:00


If you have refugee status or Exceptional Leave or Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave in the UK you can claim all welfare benefits, subject to the ‘ordinary’ rules, and you can...
03/09/2015 01:20:00


On most courses you will be given a book list. You will not usually be expected to buy or even read every book and journal article on the list. Items on a book list may contain: essential, basi...
02/09/2015 12:46:00


Seminars can be intimidating if you are not used to this kind of teaching. Don’t worry. Many other students feel the same at first. Participating actively in seminars is an important part of the...
02/09/2015 12:46:00

Definitions: for Student Support assessment

This secion has explanations about words and terms which occur in our information on Home or Overseas fees? and Student support. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combin...
31/07/2015 10:51:00

What is Christmas all about?

Read our Christmas guide for international students.
13/12/2017 10:30:00

Changes to the Immigration Rules

Outlining the key changes in the Immigration Rules which impact on students and their family members
08/12/2017 17:07:00

Photo competition – our winners!

We received more than 150 fantastic entries from students and colleagues all over the UK.
09/11/2017 10:15:00

Reminder: deadline for Chevening scholarships is 7 November

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
01/11/2017 15:54:00

PGT student? Take part in a cross-cultural study

The study will explore why PGT students may choose to seek help or avoid seeking help when they have academic problems.
26/10/2017 09:10:00

Read the latest stories from HOST

Read about some of the latest HOST visits in HOST Matters
25/10/2017 10:41:00

Closing soon: Study UK Alumni Awards

Do you know someone who studied in the UK in the last 15 years and is now living outside the UK and doing great things? Encourage them to apply!
10/10/2017 13:39:00

Students: enter the UKCISA 50th anniversary photo competition!

Show us what studying in the UK means to you and have chance to win £50!
05/10/2017 08:59:00

Students’ unions: advising new sabbatical officers on immigration matters

Read our brief guide to help international students and recently elected sabbatical officers to understand the immigration requirements they need to meet.
15/09/2017 15:16:00

Welcome to the UK

Watch videos featuring fellow international students and find out about studying in the UK
12/09/2017 11:38:00

97% go home when visas expire

Government reports show that 97% of international students go home before their study visas expire. And the Home Secretary has commissioned the MAC to undertake a review of the impact of international...
25/08/2017 10:42:00

EU: No major changes

Despite much debate, students may be re-assured to know that there have been no recent changes for those arriving in 2017 or 2018
03/08/2017 12:27:00

International students of 2017-18: your journey starts now!

Got lots of questions about what to bring to study in the UK? Read our pre-arrival information to help you prepare.
03/08/2017 12:11:00

More doubts about student migration figures

Report confirms unreliability of statistics on activities of former international students
01/08/2017 15:13:00

Cancelled: Brexit live chat on the Guardian’s student network on 26 July

Join us and other expert panelists at the Guardian’s student network for a livechat about Brexit
20/07/2017 13:35:00

WeAreInternational re-launched

Show your support for #weareinternational campaign
05/07/2017 14:37:00

Manchester Metropolitan University wins our Paul Webley Award for Innovation

Research into recruitment strategies and how they compare with real international student experience wins our award, with Nottingham Trent University and Edinburgh College highly commended
28/06/2017 17:55:00

UK proposals for EU citizens after UK leaves EU

UK government publishes proposals on rights of EU citizens after UK leaves the EU
27/06/2017 12:37:00

UUK International report: UK ranks 1st among its competitors for international students’ overall satisfaction with support services and overall living experience

Research launched today examines the experience of international students in the UK and key competitor nations.
22/06/2017 08:48:00


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