Here is the complete guide for Study in UK and Education in UK. Various surveys on the best universities of the world confirm that UK continue to be home of some the best institutes of higher education in the world. The place of UK in providing quality higher education at a global level comes only after USA. Some of the best universities of UK, like the Oxford University and Cambridge University, continue to fascinate the scholars across the globe. UK qualifications are recognized and respected throughout the world. British universities and colleges provide a diverse, creative and inviting environment, which will encourage you to reach your full potential.
Courses in the UK meet strict academic criteria and universities and colleges will encourage and motivate you to excel in your subject. Many universities and colleges provide international offices, international student societies, planned social activities, academic support, counselors and advisers to make you feel welcome and supported throughout your time in UK higher education.
Even in the post graduate level the land of royalty is providing nothing but the best. UK universities provide internationally recognized qualifications of the highest standard. They also offer more opportunities than ever before: there are currently over 55,000 postgraduate taught courses and research opportunities to choose from on the Prospects database alone.
Increasing numbers of international students, from over 180 different countries, are choosing to study towards a higher education course in the UK. Some of the reasons students choose to study here are listed below:
1. A good international reputation.
2. A good quality of education
3. A wide range of courses
4. An interesting place to live
If you are planning to come to the UK for University then you will most probably take the Halls of Residence option and these normally start from about £50 per week, moving up to around £80 per week for some larger universities. Some will have catering facilities such as a canteen, but others will just have a kitchen so you can cook your own food.
If you opt to not go the halls of residence option, you can always go and find your own accommodation and the best way to do this is get a group of 6 students that you would like to live with. You can then go house hunting and find your own accommodation. The benefit of doing this is that firstly its fun to look for a house together and secondly with 6 people costs are split 6 ways and so it can be a much cheaper option. Rents can range from anything from £35/ week upwards depending on the standard of accommodation.
If you are coming to the UK for ESL lessons or for another reason you might want to opt for a homestay. These are often shorter term visits and for that reason it is not common to come to the UK for a degree program and to stay at a home stay for the entire time of your degree. Homestays generally start from about £100/ week in London and much less if you go outside of London. Although this looks more expensive you have to consider that this price will be inclusive of meals and all accommodation.
Working out what living expenses you will need to consider and how much they will cost you will depend on so many factors. For example if you want to live the lifestyle you have been doing with your parents back in your home country – this will probably be very expensive to do, so you might have to make compromises!
Food - if you buy your own food, try and budget in about £25 to £30 per week to purchase food supplies. You can of course be smart and savvy about this and save much more.
Telephone (landline) – BT has a base rate of £10/ month for just line rental so calls are charged on top of this so that would be £2.50 per week.
Telephone (mobile) – the cost of mobiles varies depending on the provider and tariff you are on. Prepaid is generally cheaper to control costs, but if you make a lot of calls a contract will start at £5/ week.
DSL/ Internet – most companies charge a base of £5/ week for standard DSL in the UK
Bills – if you live in a house or apartment you will need to calculate water, heating and electricity into your budget – this can be anything from £10/week for all bills depending on the time of year.
Travel – if you live away from University you will need to include travel expenses in your budget. This can be anything from £10/ week, more if you live in London.
Study Materials – books, notepads, paper, printer cartridges are all things you will need and you should budget about £7/ week for this.
Fun – it’s not all study when you come to the UK, there will be time for some fun so you need to think about the cost of this. A cinema ticket in the UK costs around £8, a pint of beer £3, a DVD rental around £3. These are all costs you will need to budget so set aside what you’ll need for fun!