Academic Education identifies top 5 DO’s & DON’Ts to Staying in UK as a Student. If you are already in the UK on a Student visa, or in certain other visa categories, you may be able to apply to stay in the UK on a student visa. Read more bellow:
Top 5 Do’s to Staying in UK as a Student
1. Get registered for GP and NI
Get registered for a GP and NINO (National Insurance number) is a must do for staying in UK. These are free to get while you Staying in UK as a Student.
It’s speedy and simple to enroll with a GP. Call Primary Care Support England on 0333 014 2884 (alternative 1) for counsel, or visit a practice close to your home and get some information about being a patient. You can visit www.nhs.uk for more data as well. It’s always the only option to get registered for a GP close to your home.
General Practitioner (GP) enlistment is fundamental on the off chance that you have to see a specialist when you’re sick. GP records has information about your medicine, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results, hospitalization summaries, appointment letters and referral letters. It is usually free of cost to see your GP doctor.
Having a National Insurance (NI) number means to be able to work on legal terms in the UK. You need a National Insurance number to ensure your National Insurance contributions and taxes are recorded on you. It’s a combination of letters and numbers and stays the same forever.
One way is to call the National Insurance number application line directly to ask for an application form. You’ll need to return the application form along with your identification proofs and your right to work or study in the UK. You’ll be told your required documents as proof when you get your application form.
2. Plan funding and look for scholarships
One of the important first steps is to ensure availability of the finances to fund your degree. The funding available to you depends on from where you are moving to UK and the date of your enrollment in your university.
It is now an established fact that EU and EEA students will be considered overseas students just as the students coming from outside EU, starting from the academic year 2021/22. This means that new (not continuing) EU/EEA students starting university in the UK from 1st August 2021 onwards will have to pay the equal fees as students coming from outside Europe.
Students from outside Europe coming to the UK
Students from outside the EU (apart from in certain specific circumstances) aren’t eligible to apply for a student loan, no matter when you start your degree and definitely you’ll have to fund your degree yourself. Also, you’ll often need to pay fees much higher than what UK students pay varying from £10,000 – £35,000 each year.
Anyways, you need to provide evidence that you have the ability to cover the study cost, as well as your living expenses while applying for the visa.
3. Know your work
Do get yourself low maintenance work. There are ample, adaptable occasions to bring in cash in your extra time. Low maintenance occupation will support you, monetarily as well as expertly. Part-time occupations are really a major piece of learning.
If you’re from outside the EU/EEA, you’ll be able to work up to 20 hours a week while studying, and full-time during the holidays, as well as in between your courses.
If you’re coming from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you have the flexibility to work as many hours as you wish and can continue working as long as you’d like after graduation. This may change from 1st January 2021 after the brexit to be fully happened. However you can always apply for scholarships if you don’t want to rely on a part time job only.
4. Get yourself a Place first
You should be getting your accommodation sorted before arriving in the UK. Landing and having nowhere to stay would be a nightmare for a student. Your first help is your university as they guarantees to accommodate all students who apply before a certain date.
Most students either get a university accommodation or rent a room from a private landlord. University accommodations are great for international students to help you bond with people. Unlike American universities, the vast majority of rooms both in halls and private housing are single occupancy which means you won’t have to share your room at all.
5. Global and local travel
Do go around neighboring nations in the holidays. While you’re abroad, this is the best and ideal opportunity to see the world. Going to another nation is sometime very budget friendly than you expect. There are a lot of offers available, less expensive choices and student discounts accessible round the year.
Ask at the local tourist information booth for a calendar of events or a brochure for students, so you know what’s going on at your destination while you’re there, or do a quick search online before leaving. Many cities and towns across Europe offer steep discounts for students on festivals.
For a local travel, a local bus service is the most convenient way of travelling around a city. First figure the distance between your living and campus and consider a student bus pass to save some cash if necessary. Bigger cities usually have a subway system.
For example, there is the Tube in London or the Metro service in Newcastle. You can also be investing in a yearly pass to keep travelling costs down. For travel within London specifically, check out the Oyster card – it is by far the cheapest option and can be used across various different modes of transport.
Top 5 Don’ts to staying in UK
- Don’ book your flight before your visa
Getting a UK visa can be tricky sometime depending on your case. Each case is handled individually and there is no guarantee that your visa will surely be approved just because your friend had it approved. You can always keep patience and wait for the approval. Get an immediate flight and fly to catch your course on time. Take assistance of your consulting agency if you have any.
- Taking a break from studying
Try not to stop studying in a student visa. It might be tricky and stressful sometime to stay in a complete new culture but you must not forget the purpose of your stay while you are in UK which is to get an international degree. Stopping the study may affect your visa as well.
- Taking work pressure
Never work more than what you’re allowed while you are doing a part time to support studies. Many of the international students prefer to work more and more to earn more. But it affects the student life in a very bad way. Be that as it may, you’re permitted to work all day during the holidays yet make sure to get a holiday letter from your university.
- Living a lavish life
Try not to live in an expensive accommodation while studying. Accommodation cost is the largest piece of your living cost abroad. Try to consider a less expensive option, for example, private room-paying visitor over apartment. If you have extra money you can always use it for travelling around EU.
- Don’t take the British culture as a joke
Culturally, the UK is very diverse and welcoming of people from all around the world. You’ll find plenty of fellow international students at all universities, and most will have societies to help you meet like-minded people and those from similar backgrounds.
But Every international student entering the UK should initially get adjusted with their culture and social norms. The first thing you should know is that the British are very punctual and values time. The British people highly respect the elders and the disabled.
Try to give up your seat to the elders or someone who is disabled while you are using public transport. The British are known to maintain own privacy and respect others’. Try not to ask personal questions over a light relationship ground.
If you are invited to the house of a British person, it is a nice gesture to bring a gift along, such as chocolate, flowers, or wine. These tips will help you to blend with the people hence make your life easier in a new land.
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