Moving to university as an international student

Posted 11 months ago

Here's the low down on everything you need to know

Welcome to Nottingham, and if this is your first time in the UK, welcome to the UK!

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and daunting. This simple guide aims to provide you with helpful tips and friendly advice to ease your transition as an international student moving to the University of Nottingham.

Preparing for arrival

Visa and Documentation: Make sure you have the right student visa and the documents you need from UK authorities. Familiarise yourself with the visa application process and any specific requirements for your country of origin.

Accommodation: Make sure you've got your student accommodation sorted in advance, please don't arrive without anything sorted. Have a look at the university-offered options, or think about private rentals and remember to think about factors like location, amenities, and budget.

Packing essentials: Bring clothes that are suitable for the UK’s changing weather. Bring adapters for your devices, important papers (passports, visa papers, university letters), and any special things you may want from home.

Organise your travel to Nottingham: Make sure you plan your journey before you arrive. Look around at the different travel options for when you will be arriving.

Settling into student life

Attend orientation: Participate in university orientation programs for international students. These events are designed to help you acclimate to campus life, make new friends, and understand the various support services available.

Open a UK bank account: Look into different options once you arrive, there are so many to choose from. Just make sure you shop around and see what best suits your needs, whether that's transferring money abroad free of charge, or having a bank store to visit.

Get involved: Getting involved in events and societies to suit your interests and hobbies is a great way to meet like-minded individuals, and immerse yourself in campus life.

Culture shock can affect a lot of international students, so here are six things you may find different about life in the UK.

Adapting to Nottingham life

Public transport: Learn how to get around with the local bus, tram, and train services. Think about getting student travel cards or passes to save money on fares.

British cuisine: You should try some classic British food like fish and chips, Sunday roast, or a big full English breakfast. Be brave and check out the different kinds of food the UK has to offer.

Explore Nottingham: Don’t just stay on campus, go out and see what Nottingham has to offer. Check out historical places, museums, parks, and local things to do. It’s a great way to learn about the UK’s rich history and culture.

Seeking Support

Student Support: Seek guidance and support from Nottingham support services that are available to all students. They can also provide valuable advice on visa matters, cultural adjustment, and any challenges you may face as an international student.

Student Services: Familiarise yourself with the range of student services available on campus, including academic support, counseling, health services, and career guidance. These resources are designed to ensure your overall well-being and academic success.

Coming to the UK as an international student is a fun adventure with lots of chances to learn and grow. Enjoy the British culture, get involved with the university community, and ask for help when you need it.