UK towns and cities have long experience of providing homes for students and there are many affordable, comfortable and safe places to live.
You should always try to arrange your long-term accommodation before you leave home. Your institution should be able to help you with this. Colleges have student advisers who can advise you on how to find accommodation and universities have accommodation officers.
When you accept a study place, you should receive a package of information, which will include accommodation information. Complete the accommodation application form and return it by the date stated. Even if residential accommodation is not available, there will be an accommodation advisory office which can help you find private accommodation.
If you are coming to the UK for the first time, accommodation provided by your school, college or university might be the most suitable choice. This is an option taken up by more than half of the international students on degree courses in the UK and around 30 % of those who come to FE colleges.There are advantages to living in accommodation provided by your institution:
College and university accommodation is also affordable: a room in a self-catering hall of residence or student apartment costs from £180 to £360 per month. The term self-catering means that you will have access to a shared kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Some universities and colleges also offer accommodation where meals are provided and the cost of your breakfast and evening meal is included in the rent you pay. Where meals are included you can expect to pay from £320 to £400 per month. In the traditional student residence, bathroom facilities are shared but an increasing number of universities and colleges now offer residences with rooms where you have your own private bathroom. You would pay slightly more for this option.
If you choose to rent accommodation in the private sector, the options are private hostels, lodgings, bed-sits or shared flats/houses. A lodging is where you rent a room in a private house. Your landlord/landlady would live in the same house, possibly with their family, and would prepare your meals for you. For hostel accommodation and lodgings where meals are included, you can expect to pay £300 to £400 per month. For a bed-sit or a room in a house or flat shared with other students, you would pay from £200 to £380 per month
Studying in the UK is great value for money. Degree courses are generally shorter than in the USA and Australia, making them more affordable. Before you embark on your studies you need to have a clear idea of the total cost of course fees and living expenses. Our guide will help to get you started.
Your costs while living in the UK will depend on the type of course you follow. If you are studying a career-based, degree or postgraduate course, you will need to budget for accommodation and meals in addition to the course fees.
Regardless of their country of origin, international students on full-time UK courses that last more than six months enjoy all the benefits of the country’s National Health Service. This means free consultation with doctors and free hospital care for you and your family. See below for more details:
Undergraduate range – £15,755 – £23,190*
Post Graduate Range – 12,000GBP – 18,000GBPLiving Expenses (Apporox.)
|Home stay||£60 – £100 per week|
|Dormitory (single w/o meal)||£100 – £130 per week|
|Dormitory (shared w/o meal)||£70 – £100 per week|
|Dormitory (shared w/o meal)||£100 – £120 per week|
|Apartment (without meal)||£120 – £200 per week|
Special reductions are offered for students at many shops, theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries; and special student fares are available on buses and trains. Many discounts are negotiated by the National Union of Students (NUS), an organisation that represents the interests of all students in the UK. Recent discounts listed on the NUS website included 10 per cent off purchases of selected items at HMV (a music and video retailer) and at Topshop/Topman (a chain of clothing shops). Ask at your Students’ Union for details of the latest student discounts.
The UK Universities have good scholarships. The total worth of these scholarships is over 1 million pounds. With 198 scholarships on offer, it is a great opportunity for Indian students wishing to make the most of their UK education.Students may avail these scholarships for 29 undergraduate and 169 postgraduate courses. These include Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Bio-sciences, IT and more; at 40 UK institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Ranges from 1000GBP to 3000 GBP
Great India Scholarship – 5000 GBP
You will find this section a useful guide about United Kingdom. It explains everything from the basics such as United Kingdom Environment, Culture etc.
When you come to the UK, you get 3 countries and a province in one: England, Scotland, Wales and the province of Northern Ireland. Each has its own distinctive history, landscape and modern culture. And, because they are all within easy reach of one another, they are easy to explore. The national air, rail, coach and bus networks will get you almost anywhere in the UK, so you will not need a car, as you might in some countries. Discounts or special rates are generally available for students on most forms of transport.
Meals and diet in the UK tend to vary to reflect the changing seasons of the year. For example, in the winter, stews, casseroles and roasts tend to be popular, while, in the summer, salads and lighter meals are eaten regularly. Supermarket chains import many foods, so they are able to stock vegetables, salads and fruits throughout the year.
It is important to become proficient in English to make your stay in United Kingdom a good one. You will probably be required to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before you will be admitted to a UK university. The school may also have additional tests for graduate students who are prospective teaching assistants.
This section provides information about IELTS, TOEFL and GMAT exams.
You will need to have a valid passport and a visa in order to enter United Kingdom. Since it can take several months to obtain a passport and all the documentation, start the process as soon as you can. Here you will find information regarding Visa requirements and procedure, Immigration procedure.
Student visas can be obtained from the offices of the British High Commission in Delhi and the British Deputy High Commissions in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Students need to prove that they have an CAS statement from the Institution (CAS – Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), sufficient funds to cover the entire cost of studying and living in Britain and that they intend to return home on completion of their course.
The British Government determines the list of visa-national-countries. Your nearest British Council office or British Mission (British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission) will be able to tell you whether or not your country is on the list. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK Visas website features a visa enquiry form where you can check if you require a visa.
If you are a visa national, you must apply for entry clearance before travelling to the UK. There is a charge for the application. You must satisfy the ECO at a British Mission that you meet the Immigration Rules. The ECO will then issue you entry clearance (more commonly known as a visa) in the form of a sticker in your passport. The entry clearance should normally be valid for the whole length of your course. When you arrive in the UK, the Immigration Officer at the port of entry (e.g. Heathrow airport) will put a date stamp in your passport to show when you entered the UK. Your permission to be in the UK begins on that date and expires on the date indicated on the entry clearance.
You will usually be allowed to bring your spouse and any children under 18 years of age to the UK, if you are holding an offer for a Master’s Degree from a University and as long as you can show that you can financially support and accommodate them. You will also need to show the ECO a marriage certificate, and a birth certificate for each child. It is advisable for them to apply for entry clearance, even if they are not visa nationals. They will normally be given permission to stay in the UK for the same period as you. Your spouse will be allowed to work if your permission to be in the UK lasts for 12 months or more. Make sure your spouse has a copy of your passport with them if they apply after you – the Immigration Officer will need to see the page showing your name, your entry clearance sticker (if you have one) and how long your permission lasts. If your permission to be in the UK lasts for less than 12 months, your spouse will not be allowed to work.
This section takes you through the profile of Universities in United Kingdom. It starts with tips on finding the course that’s right for you and ends with choosing the right university.
In the UK education system, it is important to make your choice of institution according to the course you wish to take and the institution’s reputation in that field. If you want to study food technology, for example, find out about the different courses offered and choose by academic criteria such as faculty qualifications, practical work experience opportunities, and so on.
|British Degree||Indian Equivalent Degree|
|British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree||A three-year Indian Graduation Degree like B.A. or B.Sc. and other such courses.|
|British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree||A four-year Indian graduation course like B.E. or B.Tech. Or other such courses.
ORA post graduate degree, from Indian university, like M.A., M.Sc. or other such courses.
|British Master’s Degree||A post graduate degree like M.Tech. or M.E. from I.I.T. or I.I.Sc. and other such colleges|
The academic year in Britain starts in September or October and finishes in June or July of the following year. In schools and colleges of further education, entry is possible in September or January (depending on the course). Higher education institutions normally only have one entry point, in September. The applications to the universities are usually made three to four months prior to the date of commencement of the course.
This section takes you through the universities application procedures step by step. It also gives a helpful guide for studying in United Kingdom, Teaching Methods and Quality Education.
Requires only 15 years of education for direct entry into postgraduate programme.
International students studying at UK institutions are not required to obtain permission from the jobcentre to take spare time and vacation work.
One centralized application form for six undergraduate courses and generally no application fee for postgraduate courses.
In UK, most undergraduate degrees take only 3 years while postgraduate degrees take one year; you spend less time away from home and less money on course fees.
Educational institutions are constantly monitored and reviewed to ensure that courses offered are of high quality.
Qualifications from the UK are some of the most recognized and respected worldwide.
There is a high success rate for international students in the UK education system.
Health surcharge mandatory for 1 year+ 4 months. ( 150GBP+75GBP = 225 GBP).For bachelor degree – 3 years – 3*150 = 450+75= 525GBP.
There are many routes into education in UK, so chances of accessing the British system are high.
UK is the gateway to Europe, rich in history and has welcomed international students for hundreds of years.
The UK offers exceptional scope for acquiring academic and vocational qualifications to enable you to pursue a wide range of careers.
UK schools, colleges and universities pride themselves on helping international students find the most appropriate course.
British Council offices globally offer assistance to students seeking to study in the UK. Some offices advise students, help them fill in application forms and send the forms off for them. Some can help you apply over the internet. All offices have a wide range of information materials and resources, as well as university and college prospectus, which you can consult for reference. A good prospectus provides answers to all the questions you want to ask about an institution or a course.
The best time to begin preparing your application for degree courses is June to August a year before the September/October when you would like to start.
Career-based Courses: For all other career-based programmes, you should apply directly to the institution which offers the course. Contact the institution and ask for a prospectus and an application form. Alternatively, all British Council offices have standard application forms that you can use, or contact GEEBEE Education
There is no standard closing date for applications to career-based courses but you will need to leave yourself enough time to apply for a visa, make travel arrangements and arrange accommodation.
In making a decision, the college will consider your background, interests and abilities and will treat your application on its individual merits. Once you have accepted a place, the college will send you a letter confirming this.
Degree Courses: To apply for full-time undergraduate degree courses, you simply make a single approach through the centralised application process. This service is provided by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). All UK universities and most colleges of higher education are members of UCAS. Your route through the UCAS application process is described in this section.
Applications for part-time degree study are not made through UCAS and you should contact directly the institution in which you are interested. Increasingly, universities and colleges are making their application forms for part-time study available on their website, either to complete online or to download.
The UCAS application process – GEEBEE can help you with this Before applying, check the minimum entry qualifications in the prospectus of your chosen university or college. Be aware, though, that the institution may ask for more than these requirements. Any entry requirement will be shown clearly if the institution offers you a place.
You may apply to up to six institutions on a single UCAS application form. The current fee for applying through this system is £5 for a single choice and £15 for up to Six choices. You can submit only one UCAS application form per year.
When UCAS receives your application form, it will send a copy to each of your chosen institutions. Each institution will consider your application and send details of its decision to UCAS. UCAS will forward the decision to you.
For each application, three outcomes are possible. You may be sent an unconditional offer which means you can begin the course at the start of the next academic year. Alternatively, you may be sent a conditional offer which means you have to achieve specific entry requirements in your qualifying examinations.
Finally, the institution may reject your application. If all your chosen institutions reject your application, you will still be able to apply to another UK institution through Clearing.
Do not respond to any offers you receive until UCAS asks you to reply. Then, you can accept no more than two offers. Your first choice will be your firm acceptance and your second choice will be your ‘insurance’ acceptance. But note that if your first choice is to accept an unconditional offer, you will not be able to make a second, back-up choice. Once you accept an unconditional offer, you are committed to that institution.
Universities will confirm or withdraw their conditional offers after they have been notified of the results of your qualifying examinations. Therefore, it is important that you send your examination results to the university or college from which you are holding offers as soon as possible. If you have not matched the entry requirements for either your firm or your conditional offers, you will be able to enter the Clearing procedure.
This section gives you details about your Work Permits and Student Work Regulations in UK.
Students studying at UK institutions may take part-time or vacation work without needing to obtain permission from the local job centre. Similarly, they are able to do work placements which are part of a course or to undertake internship placements without the need to obtain permission from Work Permits (UK) .
The conditions covering the hours and type of work they may do are:
Following the rules
As you can see, there are many employment opportunities for international students in the UK. But there are a few conditions you should keep in mind:
You cannot run your own business, be self-employed, provide services as a professional sports person or entertainer, or pursue a career by taking a permanent full-time position.
With the exception of work organised by your university or college, money that you hope to make while doing part-time or vacation work cannot form part of your visa application. You must show that you can meet the cost of studying and living in the UK without employment or financial assistance from the state.
Note: Employment regulations for international students can change at any time, so check the current situation on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate web site www.gov.uk
The Rules state that applicants must be able to support themselves and any dependants without working. This means that while there is provision for students to take employment during vacations or spare time, no account may be taken of any prospective earnings from that employment in assessing the ability of a student to meet the maintenance requirement, except where the educational establishment at which the student has a place.
Is a publicly funded institution of further or higher education which is itself providing and guaranteeing the employment, and has provided details of how much the applicant will earn
Is able to guarantee that there are jobs available and how much if anything the applicant will earn.
20 hours/week – part time and during holidays 40hours/week.
Some changes have been introduced that have made it easier for students to stay on in the UK to work. Subject to meeting the relevant criteria, students who have successfully completed a recognised degree course may be able to switch to work permit employment in the UK after completing their studies. An employer can apply for a work permit for such a student without the student having to return home first. You can find more information about the current position if you click on work permits – on the Home Office’s website: www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk
Special provisions have always applied to Doctors, Dentists and Nurses and these will continue.
On graduation, there may be opportunities to work with leading UK and international corporations in the UK, or to join national and international firms in Europe, the United States or, indeed, in any part of the world. At the end of your course, you may be able to stay and work in the UK through TWES. To be eligible for this scheme, you will have to do one of the following
Undertake training leading to a recognised professional or specialist qualification
Follow a graduate training programme leading to international employment
Join a work experience scheme where you gain up to 12 months work experience with a UK employer