Every country has its own unique culture. For instance, the British way of life may be very different to your own. Therefore, it can take a little time to become accustomed to your new university. That is why Hellouni provides information about student life in the UK.
What is British culture like?
Manners are very important in Britain. Children are learning from a very early age to say ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ when appropriate.
British people consider their ‘personal space bubble’ to be very important to them. Thus, it can make them feel uncomfortable when someone ‘invades their space’ by standing too close. Therefore, when talking to someone, standing next to them in a queue, or in public transport it is important to maintain a reasonable distance.
Being on time is essential. You should try to make sure you are not late for lectures, interviews or when meeting people.
Sport is a huge part of life in the UK. The best way for a student to get to know British culture and make friends is to join a team at your university or in your local town. Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport.
This website is designed for international students and has an online guide to British culture that you may find useful if you want to read more.
Most UK students stay either at home or in Halls of residence in their first year. Halls are a great way to meet people and may be a good idea if this is your first time living in the UK.
Most Halls of Residence have an onsite Student support team who are there to answer any questions or fix any problems you may have. Therefore, check out your university’s website for details on any student accommodation.
In addition, students normally begin looking for a private rental flat for the second year of university. Websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, and Gumtree are popular places to find private accommodation for students.
What will my academic life be like?
Your timetable, examination schedule and amount of classes will vary and will depend on the course you are taking.
Universities in the UK tend to take a more independent study approach to learning. Lectures and tutorials will provide you with basic knowledge but most subjects require you to do a lot of independent study and research in your free time.
What is the social life like?
Social life at university in the UK centers around the British drinking culture. Nevertheless, alcohol consumption is still a big part of university life.
However, sports teams and volunteer groups on campus are a great way to get involved and make friends outside of the pub! Activities organized could include playing against other teams, quiz nights or even weekend trips away. Therefore, make sure to check out the Freshers’ fair during the first week of term to find out what is on at your university.
Please remember that the process of adapting to a new culture can be a difficult one and it is normal to feel lost at times. Especially when you first arrive.
Where can I go for help?
Most universities also offer an international student support service who can advise on a range of issues commonly faced by international students. In addition, they are also able to assist you with financial issues, Visa advice as well as information about UK culture. Moreover, your academic adviser can also point you in the right direction about where to seek help.
Nevertheless, your university may have other services such as Nightline. This is a free, anonymous, non-judgemental telephone, email, and text support service run by students for students. Find out more information here.
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