Before you arrive
If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.
Download the pre-arrival guide.
For students starting in February, term starts on Monday 6, February. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 10am at the International Study Centre.
Living in the UK
Specialist and international foods
Shops both on campus and very close to campus will sell most things you’ll initially need. You may also find that some of the larger supermarkets stock the products that you require. There are also many restaurants serving food from around the world so you will be able to find something to remind you of home.
Life in Britain will almost certainly be different from what you are used to. It is difficult to define exactly what the ‘British’ way of life is as attitudes and outlooks vary considerably according to where you are in the country. As a home to residents from many different parts of the world and a variety of ethnic backgrounds, Britain has a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. It won’t take you long before you are accustomed to your new life here and are able to adapt to a whole variety of situations; everything from understanding British etiquette and mannerisms to cooking your own food and running your own bank account.
To start with everything is new, exciting and different, but as time goes by you may start to wish that things were the way they were back home. Don’t despair as this stage will pass – and much more quickly if you talk to someone about how you are feeling.