The United Kingdom attracts students from throughout the world and is renowned for its educational establishments and facilities, nightlife, art and culture just to name a few things. Between 2015 – 2016 the UK attracted 127,440 international students from within the EU and 310,575 from outside the EU (Institutions.ukcisa.org.uk, 2017).
Movendo-se para um novo país pode ser extremamente desafiador, culturas diferentes, línguas, e paladar podem adicionar até uma experiência avassaladora para estudantes. Despite its faltering economy, clima imprevisível, 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’ e ajudá-los a facilidade para viver no Reino Unido.
Alojamento é caro.
Apesar da queda na escala global em termos dos países mais caros para se viver, em grande parte devido à desvalorização da libra, o Reino Unido ainda é um lugar caro para se viver e estudar. Londres foi classificada recentemente o 30º cidade mais cara do mundo para viver. Custo de vida vai, claro, vary depending on location in the UK and lifestyle. Renting a furnished two-bedroom apartment in the London averages about GBP 1,900 por mês, with large price variations between different areas (Expat Arrivals, 2017). Rent in other big cities such as Manchester, Birmingham or Leeds will be a little more reasonable.
Students can look to save money by renting a room within a larger house, it is possible to rent a room in London for around GBP 400 per month (Expat Arrivals, 2017). House-shares are also a great way to meet other young people. 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. Na média, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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. Ainda, as vibrant and lively as the first day it opened, Sub Club generally opens from 11 pm to 3 sou.
- 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. Uma característica notável do clube é o “bodysonic” seções dancefloor”dos pisos estão ligados a 450 Os transdutores que emitem baixas frequências graves, allowing clubbers to feel the music through the low-end frequencies transmitted into their skeletons via their feet.” (Fabric London, 2017)
- Os Espaços do arco-íris
Se acontecer de você estar em um dos muitos Universidades em Birmingham, você está com sorte, O arco-íris Venue tem estado na vanguarda da cena clubbing em ‘Brum’ e é um local grande, com vários quartos, todos oferecendo diferentes ‘vibes’. ‘The cellar’ for example is located downstairs and is small, has a low ceiling, great lighting and sound. In contrast to that, you have ‘The Warehouse’, a large room with no frills.
- Leeds West Indian Center
By day this venue is a community centre, but by night it transforms into one of the most amazing venues, providing party-goers with an authentic dancehall experience. Split into two parts the main room and the second room, this venue will truly give international students a night to remember.
- Soup Kitchen Manchester
Situated in a former boxing gym in the Northern Quarter of Manchester is Soup Kitchen. The venue has two floors, 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.
- The Night Kitchen, Sheffield
Located in an old Sheffield cutlery is the Night Kitchen, que utiliza o local para criar uma atmosfera escura armazém de partido. Se não fosse para as linhas fora, é seguro assumir que você não daria a frente do armazém um segundo olhar. 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).
- Haus em Camp e Furnace, Liverpool
Semelhante ao The Night Kitchen, Haus em Liverpool tenta replicar a sensação de um armazém- festa. O lugar é escuro, displays visuais tomar o lugar da iluminação tradicional. O que torna este destaque local é que ele permite que os promotores de ser criativo e deixe sua imaginação correr solta, como eles tratam o local como uma tela em branco.
- Pub Lua cheia e 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. A música pode ser descrita como eclético e os proprietários têm mais política de música de raiz orientada. Good news for students, is that there is usually a very low (or free).
- Concorde 2 Brighton
The Concorde 2 in Brighton feels more like a concert venue than a nightclub, but it still provides the raw intensity that clubbers look for on a Friday night. This venue has been around since the 90s and has it all, great location, great stage and amazing sound system.
- Dalston Superstore, Londres
The Dalston Superstore provides everything anyone would need for an amazing night out under one roof. The ground floor has a Brooklyn-style theme, with great cocktails and amazing DJ from across London. 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.
For those lucky enough to be situated in the cities capital, we will be compiling a list of the capitals most student-friendly bars in the next few weeks.
As a current international student in the UK, I hope that readers will find this blog post helpful, if you need assistance in applying for a student visa or related services, entre em contato conosco ...
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