Tips for International Students, including the fun!

Tips for International Students, including the fun!

Le Royaume-Uni attire des étudiants de partout dans le monde et est réputé pour ses établissements d'enseignement et des installations, vie nocturne, tout l'art et la culture pour ne citer que quelques petites choses. Entre 2015 – 2016 le Royaume-Uni a attiré 127,440 les étudiants étrangers originaires de l'UE et 310,575 from outside the EU (Institutions.ukcisa.org.uk, 2017).

Déménager dans un nouveau pays peut être extrêmement difficile, différentes cultures, langues, et vos papilles gustatives peuvent tous les ajouter à une expérience traumatisante pour les étudiants. Despite its faltering economy, météo capricieuse, and the sky-high living costs the UK still attracts students from throughout the globe with its world-class institutions and facilities. This article looks to give students a ‘heads up’ et les aider à vivre dans la facilité au Royaume-Uni.

L'hébergement est cher.

Malgré la baisse à l'échelle mondiale en ce qui concerne les pays les plus coûteux à vivre dans, en grande partie en raison de la dépréciation de la livre, le Royaume-Uni est encore un endroit cher pour vivre et étudier. Londres a été récemment classé la ville 30 la plus chère du monde pour vivre. Cost of living will, bien sûr, vary depending on location in the UK and lifestyle. Renting a furnished two-bedroom apartment in the London averages about GBP 1,900 par mois, with large price variations between different areas (Expat Arrivals, 2017). Louer dans d'autres grandes villes telles que Manchester, Birmingham ou Leeds sera un peu plus raisonnable.

Les étudiants peuvent chercher à économiser de l'argent en louant une chambre dans une maison plus grande, it is possible to rent a room in London for around GBP 400 per month (Expat Arrivals, 2017). Maison-actions sont également un excellent moyen de rencontrer d'autres jeunes. Students can use websites such as mystudenthalls.com to find these types of accommodations.

Use Public Transport.

Aside from the cost of accommodation, moving around London can be expensive. As a current student in central London, I have seen my fellow student spend up to 1000 pounds on their transportation a large chunk of this budget is allocated for UBER or other similar services, in contrast, my average monthly expense is around 90- 100 pounds for commuting.

The United Kingdom is served by a national network of trains and long-distance buses, but with the growth of low-cost airlines in Europe it is also possible to fly between cities at very reasonable prices. Train travel in the UK can be expensive. En moyenne, a return train fare between London and Manchester costs around GBP 70. Students can save money by booking the journey well in advance or by investing in a railcard (Expat Arrivals, 2017).Apply for Oyster or railcard here.

Eating in.

The latest Menurama Survey from Horizons revealed that the prices on pub and restaurant menus have gone up 6% in the last six months.

The average price of the average starter (£5.59), average main course (£10.62) and average dessert (£4.20), now mean that a meal for two including a (fairly) average bottle of wine (say, £15) will cost, on average, £55.82 (Naylor, 2013). International students can look to save money by eating at home, the monthly minimum recommended amount of money spent for food per person is only 175.69 (Western diet) and 137.67 (Asian diet), potentially huge savings for students.

Accessing Libraries.

As students, libraries are a necessity, The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) represents all the university libraries in the UK and Ireland, irrespective of the mission group, this includes national libraries and many of the UK’s colleges of higher education. By joining SCONUL students are able to access 175 libraries throughout the UK and Ireland (Sconul.ac.uk, 2017).

More information about SCONUL can be accessed at their website

We will be writing a blog on the top libraries in the UK over the coming weeks.

Nightlife.

And now the fun part, the weather in the UK is nothing to shout about, but the UK is blessed with a host of nightspots and renowned for its nightlife.                                     Depending on where you are located in the UK here is a list of the 10 best nightspots in the UK (in no particular order) as compiled by The Guardian.

 

  1. Sub Club Glasgow

If you happen to be located in Glasgow you can check out Sub Club, which has been the centre of dance music in Glasgow since the birth of house music in the UK. Encore, as vibrant and lively as the first day it opened, Sub Club generally opens from 11 pm to 3 un m.

  1. Fabric London

First opening in 1999, Fabric now occupies a 45,000 square foot space in Central London. The club is split into 3 rooms each providing the visitor with a unique experience. One notable feature of the club is the “bodysonic” dancefloor “sections of the floors are attached to 450 bass transducers which emit bass frequencies, allowing clubbers to feel the music through the low-end frequencies transmitted into their skeletons via their feet.” (Fabric London, 2017)

  1. Les sites arc

Si vous arrive d'être dans l'une des nombreuses universités à Birmingham, vous êtes de la chance, Le lieu de Rainbow a été à l'avant-garde de la scène clubbing dans « Brum » et est un grand lieu, avec des chambres multiples fournissant tous les différents « vibes ». « La cave » par exemple est situé en bas et est petit, a un plafond bas, grand éclairage et le son. In contrast to that, you have ‘The Warehouse’, une grande pièce sans fioritures.

  1. Leeds Centre West Indian

By day this venue is a community centre, mais la nuit il se transforme en un des lieux les plus étonnants, providing party-goers with an authentic dancehall experience. Divisé en deux parties, la chambre principale et la deuxième chambre, ce lieu va vraiment donner aux étudiants internationaux une soirée inoubliable.

  1. Soup Kitchen Manchester

Situé dans une ancienne salle de boxe dans le quartier nord de Manchester est Soup Kitchen. Le lieu a deux étages, the upstairs has a bar/ canteen with a resident DJ that spins good music while you enjoy your food, and downstairs is the basement club and gig venue. The Soup Kitchen has an intimate vibe with the focus being the music. The crowd that frequents is a mix of seasoned local and young bright students.

  1. The Night Kitchen, Sheffield

Located in an old Sheffield cutlery is the Night Kitchen, which utilizes the location to create a dark warehouse-party atmosphere. If it was not for the lines outside, it is safe to assume that you would not give the warehouse front a second glance. If you’re looking for a space to simply enjoy good tunes without all the stage and light shows this is a great venue to get lost in the music (The Guardian, 2015).

  1. Haus at Camp and Furnace, Liverpool

Similar to The Night Kitchen, Haus in Liverpool tries to replicate the feel of a warehouse- party. The place is dark, visual displays take the place of traditional lighting. What makes this venue standout is that it allows promoters to get creative and let their imagination run wild, as they treat the venue as a blank canvas.

  1. Full Moon Pub and Attic Bar Bristol

Located in the ‘artsy’ part of town (Stokes Croft) are two buildings separated by a Shisha Bar Courtyard; the Full Moon Pub and Attic Bar brings a festival vibe to every weekend. The music can be described as eclectic and the owners have more roots-orientated music policy. Good news for students, is that there is usually a very low (or free).

  1. Concorde 2 Brighton

le Concorde 2 à Brighton ressemble plus à une salle de concert d'une discothèque, mais il fournit encore l'intensité brute que les clubbers recherchent un vendredi soir. Ce lieu a été autour depuis les années 90 et a tout, super endroit, une grande scène et système sonore incroyable.

  1. Dalston Superstore, Londres

L'hypermarché Dalston fournit tout ce dont quelqu'un aurait besoin pour une nuit incroyable sous un même toit. Le rez-de-chaussée a un thème de style Brooklyn, avec d'excellents cocktails et DJ incroyable à travers Londres. There is an art exhibition held at Dalston on a regular and the basement is where people go to let their hair down and have a good time.

Pour ceux qui sont assez chanceux pour être situé dans la capitale des villes, we will be compiling a list of the capitals most student-friendly bars in the next few weeks.

En tant qu'étudiant international actuel au Royaume-Uni, I hope that readers will find this blog post helpful, si vous avez besoin d'aide dans l'application pour un visa d'étudiant ou de services connexes, s'il vous plaît nous contacter ...

 

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