- Monday, November 19, 2018
If you’ve decided to study in the UK, you have plenty of different cities to choose from. Each city has its own advantages for international students, with thousands of people travelling to the UK from around the globe each year to further their education.
Many international students gravitate towards London because it is the capital city of England, it has the most jobs, and it has more universities and colleges than anywhere else in Britain. However, not every overseas student heads to London – some will go to other cities like Birmingham, Manchester, and, of course, Liverpool – former ‘Capital of Culture’, birthplace of The Beatles, home to one of the most successful football clubs in history, and much more.
If you do choose to study in Liverpool, there are certain things that you should know before you visit to help you make the most of your time as a student.
Apply for the Right Visa
If you are heading to the UK from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will have to apply for a student visa. This visa is known as a Tier 4 (general) student visa, and will be available to you if you are over the age of 16.
There are certain conditions that you have to meet in order to qualify for a student visa.
- You must have been offered a place on a course
- You can read, write, and understand English
- You have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
Liverpool Has Two Major Universities
When you applied for your course, you will have either chosen to study at the University of Liverpool or at Liverpool John Moores University. Both of these institutions are great for different reasons. The University of Liverpool is renowned for its science and business degrees, while John Moores is well known for its humanities courses.
When you arrive in Liverpool for the first time and you’re enrolling onto your course, make sure that you’re following directions to the right university. Both universities have buildings spread out across the city, and heading to the wrong one could result in you missing your introductory lectures.
There Are Societies for International Students
Moving to a new country is difficult. It can feel lonely, and making friends is an important part of student life. Regardless of which Liverpudlian university you choose to study at, there will be an international society for you to join.
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By joining the international society, you will meet plenty of people who have chosen to study in the UK. They will be in the same position as you, so you’ll have plenty in common. These societies will arrange activities and trips so that you can become familiar with the city and make some new friends in the process.
You Might Be Able to Find a Taste of Home
Liverpool is a multicultural city with a huge non-student international community. This means that you will be able to find just about any restaurant that serves your favourite cuisine. In fact, Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinatown in Britain!
Settling into Liverpool Life
Depending on where you come from, life in England will probably be a little different than what you’re used to. Be prepared for wet weather, and to get your head around speaking a new language. You’ll meet plenty of friendly people while you study in Liverpool, and the diverse and social culture makes it easy to settle in.
Daniel Sefton is a writer for The Student Housing Company: providers of modern, purpose-built student accommodation across the UK.
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