Things to know before studying in UK:
One of the traditional powerhouses in the field of education, the UK today attracts more than four lakh international students every year, which is second only to the USA. The engine behind this amazing success story is a host of universally acclaimed educational institutions which frequently dominate world university rankings. In fact, four of the top ten universities in the world are in the UK (QS), a record that would impress even its most strident critics.  

Yet from the point of view of a student, basing a decision to study in UK solely on university rankings isn’t such a prudent idea.  It is because, as you will realise throughout this article, there are many other things to know before studying in UK –things that will put you in a better position to handle the pressure of expectation and help you grow as a person. Also, why not learn about the new country in advance, when it can add to the fun and keep you a step ahead of your peers.


So here we go bring you a list of things to know before studying in UK:

UK is friendlyThe UK is friendly, but barring a few don’ts! The growing international diaspora in the UK is a great example how the UK has embraced multiculturalism making it easier for international students to settle in and feel at home in the country. Cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester today aren’t simply representative of the local ethos and culture, but are playgrounds for international communities to showcase their differences and culture. But while it is easy to get around in the UK, there are certain things to avoid so that you don’t hurt the sentiments of the locals and stay out of trouble.

  • Littering isn’t acceptable: The British government comes down heavily on litterers, with fines ranging from £50 to £80. In fact, there are appeals in recent times to increase the fine to £150, which makes it a prudent decision to put litter in its designated place.

  • Don’t jump queues: Trying to forcefully get ahead in a line when it is not your turn is enough to rile up the local crowd. Instead, patiently wait for your turn and in line, when boarding a bus or waiting for a token at the snack shop.

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or yawning: Unless you don’t want to appear uncouth, pay attention!

  • Spitting indiscriminately in public areas is uncivil: And if you are unlucky enough, you may even be fined.

  • Don’t make a scene in public: Avoid doing things that may invite unnecessary attention towards you, like speaking in a very loud voice or listening to loud music in public. It is because, the lesser attention you grab through such actions, the safer you will be.  

ancient and the modernThe ancient and the modern come head-to-head in the UK: A cultural melting pot, the UK carries a legacy, history and architecture that inspires generations even today. Characters like Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw, today aren’t just restricted to the UK, but are warmly embraced by millions across the world. And there are kings and queens, whose stories regaled us, and the giant Shakespeare, who gifted us the literary gems. Ancient structures like Windsor Castle, meanwhile, take us back to a bygone era, as you can still smell its fragrances, so poignant and strong. Now fast forward to the 21st century, and you have modern cities like London and Manchester City replete with modern buildings and infrastructure. While studying in UK you are going to have a great time drooling over how the past and present coexist so beautifully!

Work opportunities: With tuition fees going through the roof, especially for disciplines like engineering and business management, part-time job opportunities have become a student’s best friend. It is because, working part-time, a student not only earns some decent money, but gets valuable insight into the existing labor market in that country.


To be eligible for work during study in UK program, students can opt for a course in any of the three levels- NCF6, QCF 6 and SCQF 6 or above at a UK higher education institute. Under this program, students can work for up to 20 hours per week when class is in session, and full-time during vacations. If instead the student is enrolled in a course in any of the three levels- NCF3/4/5, QCF3/4/5 and SCQF 6/7/8 at a UK higher education institute, he can work for a maximum of only 10 hours a week during session and full-time during vacation. Just like work opportunities during study, work after study in UK is also a popular route for many international students. 


insuranceInsurance: The public health care system of the UK, the National Health Services (NHS) only offers emergency services for free to international students. So, if you are studying in UK, you will have to pay extra surcharge for medical treatment and the costs of repatriation extended by NHS, with the cost around £150 per year. Additionally, universities in the UK mandate that students get registered with a General Practitioner (GP) in accordance with the country’s study abroad health insurance policy.


Since the NHS isn’t a comprehensive policy, it is not uncommon for students to buy private plans which offer more extensive coverage, including coverage for expenses related to visiting your home country for treatment. Some students even buy travel insurance plans, which by the way isn’t mandatory for admission, but provides a cushion of safety considering as an international student you will be doing a lot of travelling.


Best student cityBest student city: The international higher-education landscape is changing rapidly, thanks to the popularity of concepts like student cities. Today we have agencies like QS publishing lists of the top student cities based on parameters like safety, pollution, livability and also on cost of pursuing items like an iPad or big Mac. It then goes beyond the traditional way of listing top academic destinations (cities) based primarily on the number of ranked or universally acclaimed universities.  The UK is well represented in the best student cities in the world list as it has representations in the form of London, Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh and Nottingham.  One common feature of these cities is they put the safety and well-being of the student at the very top; allowing students and parents to breathe easy.


Accommodation: If you want to be frugal with your money, give up hopes of getting any help from the tuition fee, which is fixed. Instead accommodation in UK is one area where you can make some savings. Like if you are studying in UK, you have the option of staying in university halls (£150 to around £250 or £300 per week), university house or flat (£150 to £200), private house or flat (£100 to £140), and homestays (£130 to £250). Students typically prefer to stay in on-campus accommodation, be it halls or flats, the reason being you get to stay close to your college, which cuts down commuting costs and also time, and in a tight student community, where friends is easy. 


To cut costs, students staying in on-campus accommodation can go for shared halls, which are cheaper than single suits.


Scholarships: While studying in UK is costly, there are a number of scholarships that are on offer for deserving students. And these scholarships are available for a wide range of courses and levels, like Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s and PhD study is offered in all major disciplines to students pursuing master’s and PhD studies. In fact, Commonwealth Scholarship is among the few fully-funded international scholarships to study in UK, where cost of study stands at over USD 35,045.


These scholarships make it possible for students from financially weaker sections to pursue their dream of studying in UK and benefit from its vibrant education system.


Food habitsFood habits: The multicultural nature of Britain gets reflected in its food scene as well, which is evolving at a breath-neck speed. Starting from the world’s best restaurants to traditional eats, it has it all.  If you aren’t ready to splurge your hard earned money on trying extravagant food at outlandishly costly restaurants, you needn’t worry, because the UK has its share of street food. Some of the popular dishes dished out by these food stalls, something you can try to your heart’s content while studying in UK, include miniature burgers topped with kimchi, Japanese-inspired macaroons and Asian soups.


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why choose de montfort university in u.k

Tushar Karmakar 10th May, 2020

DMU is one of the top 50 universities in the country when it comes to graduates finding jobs. Students there have been developing their employability since day one at DMU where at the same time supports their students in different ways no matter what you are going to pursue after graduated from DMU. Studying at DMU is a big advantage for international students because they can gain a lot of international experiences to help achieve their career prospects.

Postgraduate placements available during PG study.


I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, I predict that I have a career period of 30 years. I wish to practice half career in the countries of the US, Singapore, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia and I wish to practice last half of my career in India. Is my wish possible? Is my wish a good one?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

As long as you have an active medical license in your country that being india yes you can practice medicine anywhere in the world provided that you have some references who can recommend you to the place you want to work at and a good background check. That is the most important thing to consider. And yes your wish can come true if you work hard for it. All the best


The USA, The UK, Australia, and Canada - Among these countries which country have best infrastructure and best Salaries for Neurosurgeons?

Suryashis Chakraborty 18th Mar, 2020

Hello Raja,

According to salary reports by esteemed Institutions like Glassdoor, the following average salary packages are expected to be earned by entry level Neurosurgeons in different countries across the globe.

The United States of America - $ 306,000 per annum

Canada - $ 312,000 per annum

United Kingdom - £ 165,000 per annum

Australia - $ 381,000 per annum

With experience, the figures may rise and may stand around amounts nearly as triple the entry level salary package.

When it comes to infrastructure, the United States of America if definitely on the top due to the prevalence and application of modern cut technologies and instruments. The industry has also applied Artificial Intelligence in the mix to revamp it's present facilities.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



Compared to USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, which country is better for Neurosurgeons interms of Working Time, Risk, Happiness, Salary, etc

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 24th Mar, 2020


Singapore will be a better choice due it advance technology. you will get to learn many new skills and have an efficient work skill. working time will be 8am -5pm which can be different as per hospital norms and rules or need.

Risk is there in everything. You have to take risk to reach success. Happiness depends on satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with yourself you can never be happy. so work efficiently and help patients to relieve pain that will be your greatest happiness. Salary is very high for a neurosurgeons.

for entry level neurosurgeons salary is $278,935 holding 1-3 years of experience.

Hope it helps!


is it hard to get into top universities with marks around 80s in ug and will I be eligilble for scholarships?

Masira 16th Dec, 2019

The cutoffs of the top universities will be an important consideration when you think about admissions. Scoring 80's will help you get around 80% and it seems like a good score and will be able to help you get into good university. However, it purely depends on what is the cutoff of a particular university. The same goes for the scholarships. There are universities that will be providing scholarships bases on merits and you can check on the site of the college before applying to see what are their scholarship providing criteria. If you have a particular university or college in mind go through their official website to find relevant information that will help you make better decisions.

Hope this helps.
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