You have your acceptance and your global ed journey to the UK is about to begin. But what about life beyond the uni? The newness of the place and budget issues can get intimidating.
Here’s all about student cities and resources in the U.K.
Student cities in the U.K.
QS Rankings, in addition to their university lists, also publish a list of best student cities for international students. It is built out of indicators that include university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and student view. And this was their 2021 list…
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|8||57||Newcastle upon Tyne|
Picking a place to live
If you are not living on campus, choosing a place to live is probably the next big decision you will have to make after courses and university. How, you ask? Cost-time benefit analysis. You balance travel time (to and from your university), cost of travel and cost of living, because, let us face it, places like London aren’t easily affordable.
But that is not all. Being an international student also means immersing yourself in the local culture and finding a spot that suits your personality. Are you a foodie? Do you look for an artsy ethos? How much do you socialise? Downtown or the suburbs? Or any other thing that will make your transition into a new country more comfortable.
And here are some of the things you can do to, irrespective of the city you are in, to live on a shoestring budget.
Living on a student budget
- Showcase your student-hood. Carry your student id around. Many places in the UK have special discounts and offers for students––whether it is restaurants, pubs, grocery stores or even some shopping outlets. Have a list of those in your locality to make the best use of it.
- Loyalty cards, discount coupons, Groupons and the like are your best friends.
- UNiDAYS is the way to go. Sign in and verify your student id there to get exclusive deals in restaurants, pubs, clothing, tech, etc.
- Budget hard and strong and do not deviate much from it.
- Thrift stores, local markets and wholesale stores work out less expensive than getting take away.
- Look for used furniture and kitchen equipment online and hustle for the best deal.
- Use public transport as much as you can.
- Explore free entertainment around your locality, like a picnic in a park, a walk through a boulevard or a historical area, or even a local library.
But, if you do find yourself in one of these cities, here is a guide that will help for the top five student cities in the UK.