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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

Paying the bill

02/09/2015 17:39:00

Student exemption

02/09/2015 17:33:00

Travel to your institution

Check any information your college or university has sent you, as it may include information about how to get there from the main airports and other ports in the UK. Some colleges and universities al...
02/09/2015 16:31:00

Study skills for success

02/09/2015 13:08:00


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

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

Further Advice

We hope the information in our Student Zone will answer most of your questions. But if you cannot find the information you need you may want to speak to someone for further advice: ...
25/06/2015 14:32:00

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17/06/2015 10:54:00

Money saving tips

Here are some top tips to help you get the best out of living in the UK as a student, from travel discounts to bagging a bargain in the supermarket.
26/05/2015 10:47:00

Working (Test)

07/05/2015 09:46:00

Doctorate Extension Scheme

24/03/2015 12:25:00

Employment (Tier 2)

Tier 2 of the Points Based System replaced work permits from 27 November 2008. There are different subgroups of Tier 2: Tier 2 (General), the provisions of which are summarised in this Informa...
24/03/2015 11:59:00

4 things you need to know

Remember For some of the schemes, you might have to return to your home country to apply from there. This is because most of the schemes have strict rules about who is allowed to 'switch' from ...
23/03/2015 16:04:00


These are large classes, usually lasting around one hour, where a lecturer (or tutor) talks about a subject and the students take notes. On some courses there can be over a hundred students in a lectu...
20/03/2015 14:55:00


These are smaller classes where students and a tutor discuss a topic. Seminars often last longer than lectures. You will know in advance what the topic is, and the tutor will usually ask some students...
20/03/2015 14:54:00

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

You must have a CAS before making an application as a Tier 4 (General) student. A CAS is an electronic document issued to you by the institution (college, school or university) that you have chosen to...
20/03/2015 14:54:00


SUMMARY Before driving any vehicle (car, motorbike, van etc) in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), you should check that you meet all of the legal requirements which ...
20/03/2015 14:51:00

Complaints about your institution

Informal complaints If you have a problem with the institution where you are studying, you could start by discussing it informally with a tutor or other relevant member of staff. If your institutio...
20/03/2015 14:51:00

Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK

If you wish to enter into a marriage or civil partnership in the UK, the period of notice (of intention to marry) you are required to give to the registrar will increase from 15 to 28 days from 2...
20/03/2015 14:51:00


UK elections The next scheduled UK parliamentary general election is on 7 May 2015.  For details of other upcoming elections and referendums in the UK, see the website of the Electoral Commissio...
20/03/2015 14:51:00

EEA and Swiss students: Studying, Living, Working

Where can I find out more about being an EEA or Swiss national in the UK? On the Home Office website, you can find general information, application forms and instructions for immigration ca...
20/03/2015 14:51:00

What kind of work can I do?

You can do most kinds of work, but you must not: be self-employed be employed as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach be employed as an entertainer take a perm...
20/03/2015 14:50:00

How many hours a week can I work?

Summary  The maximum hours you can work during term-time are normally printed on your visa sticker or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), and will depend mainly on when you made you...
20/03/2015 14:50:00

Can EEA and Swiss students work in the UK?

Can you work in the UK? All EEA and Swiss national students can work in the UK, however, nationals of Croatia may be subject to the 'Worker Authorisation Scheme' and need to obtain the appr...
20/03/2015 14:50:00

Can I work during my studies?

Summary  Many Tier 4 (General) students can do some work in the UK during their studies. Tier 4 (Child) students who are aged 16 or older can work up to 10 hours a week. Younger students are not...
20/03/2015 14:49:00

Refunds and Deposits

Accommodation deposit If you have paid a deposit for your accommodation, see our information about accommodation deposits and speak to your landlord about how to arrange for return of the deposit.&n...
20/03/2015 14:46:00

Reverse Culture Shock

20/03/2015 14:46:00

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...
20/03/2015 14:45:00

Where, when and how to apply

20/03/2015 12:54:00

Requirements and evidence

There are some requirements that you must meet in order to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa. Also, the evidence you submit in support of your application must meet specific requirements, otherwise y...
20/03/2015 12:54:00

Applying for a Tier 4 (General) visa

This information is based on the Immigration Rules, and on the policy guidance and application forms issued by the Home Office for Tier 4 (General) applications. We update it as soon as possible after...
20/03/2015 12:53:00

Courses you can study under Tier 4

You can study a wide range of courses in the UK, but you must check that the course you want to study is at a high enough level. The levels of courses studied in the UK are defined by the following...
20/03/2015 12:53:00

Time limit (cap) on study

There is a maximum time limit ("cap") on studying with a Tier 4 visa. Before they can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, a Tier 4 sponsor will need to check that your application wil...
20/03/2015 12:53:00

Independent study

On any course you will be expected to do some independent study. This usually involves working on your own (or sometimes in a small group with other students) to research a topic and produce written w...
20/03/2015 12:47:00

Seeking help

Lecturers and tutors will normally be available to provide help and advice on a very limited basis outside timetabled classes. You should try to ask your questions during tutorials or if the lecturer ...
20/03/2015 12:47:00

Further information

For more details about teaching and learning methods in the UK, see the Prepare for Success website, which has video and audio clips, exercises to try out and lots of helpful tips.
20/03/2015 12:47:00

Practical Work

On many courses you will have practical workshops, for example, laboratories on science courses, performance classes in music or drama, a mock trial on a law course. On some courses (for example, geog...
20/03/2015 12:46:00


These are meetings between a tutor and an individual student or small group of students. Tutorials are usually intended to give you more focused guidance on: a piece of work you are doing ...
20/03/2015 12:12:00

Resettled Syrians & access to HE: positive ministerial statement

From 1 July 2017, Syrians admitted to UK under VPRS will be granted refugee status (not humanitarian protection). So no 3-year residence test for Student Support eligibility.
24/03/2017 10:11:00

Times Higher Education reveals the top UK universities for student experience – according to students

The results are based on the responses of more than 15,000 undergraduates rating their university.
23/03/2017 09:06:00

'Week' defined for work

Allowed to work? Make sure your hours fit a Monday-Sunday week from 6 April
21/03/2017 10:24:00

Complaints to the OIA and legal action

How to refer a case to the OIA and preserve the right to pursue legal action within relevant deadlines
14/03/2017 10:43:00

EEA students and comprehensive sickness insurance

EEA national students and their family members are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI). The Home Office has issued a statement to assure those who currently don't have CSI that the...
09/03/2017 12:39:00

Latest assessment of economic value of international students

New Universities UK research explores economic impact of international students in the UK
07/03/2017 11:43:00

Survey: How would an independent Scotland be perceived as a study destination by Non-EU International Students?

Please would you circulate this survey to any non-EU international students on your campus?
02/03/2017 10:40:00

Problems for Chinese students submitting applications to ATAS

Contact ATAS if you applied from a Chinese server and are waiting for a reply
24/02/2017 16:51:00


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