Arriving in the UK
1. Think about initial costs
• Ensure that you bring a credit card, cash or travellers cheques to cover the costs of the first few weeks of your stay. It may take some time to set up a bank account to use during your studies, so you must bring enough money to cover this initial period.
• You should think about initial rent and deposit payments, food and transport costs, as well as some spending money for the social events that characterise the first few weeks of term and enable you to make friends.
2. Think about money transfer and bank accounts
• If you need to transfer money to the UK to fund your studies, you should ask your bank to advise you of an appropriate method. There are many ways to transfer money and some can prove very expensive. You should ensure that the money is transferred securely and in sufficient time to commence your studies.
• If you are a full-time student on a course of 2 years duration or more, you are entitled to apply for a student bank account. Benefits can include interest-free overdrafts, commission-free travel services and joining incentives such as record tokens and mobile phones.
3. Think about initial accommodation
• If you do not receive student accommodation from your educational institution or arrive in the UK some time before the start of your course, StudyStay.com can help you to find reasonably priced accommodation for your first few weeks in the UK.
You can make a booking online or by telephone from your home country and will benefit from special student rates at a variety of accommodations across London. Click here to search for available student accommodation.