The UK is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European Mainland, the country includes the island of Great Britain (a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country) the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state: the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea in the east and the English Channel in the south. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. It is the 22nd most populous country in the world and it is a constitutional monarchy with parliamentary system governance. Its capital city is London, an important global city and financial center with the fourth-largest urban area in Europe.

 

Life in the UK

The UK is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European Mainland, the country includes the island of Great Britain (a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country) the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state: the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea in the east and the English Channel in the south. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. It is the 22nd most populous country in the world and it is a constitutional monarchy with parliamentary system governance. Its capital city is London, an important global city and financial center with the fourth-largest urban area in Europe.

 

Transportation

Taxi as means of getting about can be very costly to use. In London there is a minimum fare of £2.40 at all times. The fare is based on time of day, distance travelled and time taken. Fares elsewhere will vary from place to place; a typical price per mile is about £1.25. Fares and any extra charges are always displayed on the meter next to the driver. Fares are more expensive in the evenings, at weekends and during public holidays. It is comfortable but costly!

 

Bike are a cheap alternative and healthy too especially in the great city of Cambridge. Students can have more time on their hands because the time for exercise and moving around can be combined but a helmet should be worn at all times and a good lock should be used for the bike. Many cities have bike lanes, making cycling in busy cities safer. Details of the UK cycle routes can be found at www.cycle-route.com. In London you can hire a bike using ‘Barclays Cycle Hire’ scheme.  You would take a bike, ride it where you like, then return it, ready for the next person. These are available 24 hours a day, all year round. They are self-service and there’s no booking. The cost varies but for 24 hours you would pay £2 access fee and then a usage charge for 2 hours would be £6.Some universities offer a bike hire scheme. You will be likely to be asked to pay a deposit of approximately £50. The average cost per term is £25. Check with your university to see if they offer this service or make enquiries from people around.

 

Coaches offer efficient travel between major cities. National Express Coaches offers student discounts.
National Express: www.nationalexpress.com. Student discounts are gotten from the station using your student ID which will be used as identification and can as well get a national express card which is renewable every year. Mega bus operates in some of the major cities across the UK and offers cheap fare for just £1 plus 50p booking fee depending on if you book ahead. Route information can be found at http://uk.megabus.com/BusStops.aspx

 

Buses are a very convenient way of getting around. Public transport can be inexpensive if used with student discounts on offer. The cost of travelling on London’s iconic red buses is £2.40 per journey. If you going to travel on the buses or underground frequently then buying an Oyster Card may be a more cost effective option. It will also give students the opportunity to do sightseeing while getting around.
London bus information can be found at: www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/2605.aspx Outside of London you can check your local country council’s website for details of buses in your area.

 

Trains: UK’s train networks are vast and fairly inexpensive. If you are able to plan your journey in advance and book online it is generally cheaper than buying a ticket at the station. For details of tickets, train times and journey planners contact National Rail Enquiries or the train company. They will be of the relevant assistance.

National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 0845-748-4950   http://www.networkrail.co.uk
Different train operators cover different routes.
For a list of UK train operators follow the following link: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/contact/train-operator
Megatrain offers low cost intercity train travel in some of the major cities across the UK and offers cheap fare for just £1 plus 50p booking fee. http://uk.megabus.com/megatrain.aspx
For discounted travel visit: http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk . A 16-25 Rail card costs £28 and will save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout the UK. You are eligible for this if you are aged between 16 and 25 and in full-time education.

 

Air Travel is also another means of getting around in the UK. There are many airlines that fly to the UK; students could try a comparison website like:
Expedia www.expedia.co.uk/Flights or Sky Scanner www.skyscanner.net. These will search many providers for the flight you are looking for. The UK has a number of budget airlines operating offer cheap flights. These include RyanAir www.ryanair.com and EasyJet  www.easyjet.com. Just a few of the international airlines that fly to the UK

  • British Airways: www.britishairways.com
  • Virgin Atlantic: www.virgin-atlantic.com
  • Lufthansa: www.lufthansa.com

 

London Underground also known as ‘The Tube’ is a cheap and convenient way to get around London.
If you are studying London an Oyster Card offers large discounts. One day travel cards are also a cost effective way to visit the city. Visit the website for details: www.tfl.gov.uk. The following link will you to a printable version of the underground map which may be useful for guidance: www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/14091.aspx

 

Why Study in the UK

British qualifications are recognized and respected around the world. Their reputation is known globally and when you return home, you’ll find that your British Qualification boosts your career and salary prospects. British education leads the world in the field of quality assurance and the UK is at the forefront of scientific and creative innovation. Ambitious achievers who are seeking a superior education choose to find it in the UK as British education is constantly evolving while retaining the best of its prestigious 800 year heritage.

Students find Britain an attractive option as it is closer to home than any other English speaking country. This makes it easier and cheaper to return home while carrying on with your education.

Unlike other Higher Education offering countries the British Undergraduate degree is typically 3 years long (compared to 4/5 in other countries) and the Postgraduate degree is typically ONE year long (as compared with 2 in most other countries). You can therefore be qualified – and in employment – one or two years earlier with a British qualification.

The IT, Library, Accommodation and extracurricular facilities that our universities have to offer are truly exceptional. IT facilities are usually accessible 24 hours of the day to allow you to keep in touch with home.
Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while studying and 40 hours a week while on holidays as long as they apply to a Tier 4 accredited University. Hence you can now cover some of your expenses while studying.

The flexibility of tuition fees payment in some schools, accommodating international student work right with Universities which afford student the ability to handle real life challenges and gain work experience makes UK a unique destination.

Tuition ranges from 3500 pounds to 25,000 pounds in some colleges to Universities depending on location, rating, and competition.

 

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