International Students Guide for UK Universities

International Students Guide for UK Universities

The UK is a multicultural country with an immense number of international students from all over the globe. It is the second most popular country for students in the world. By diversity, we mean flocks of students on campus with different cultures. There’s exposure for many students and you can meet people from all over the world. 

It has world-renowned universities, anyone who earns a degree gets a lot of respect around the world. You get a variety of choices to choose the subjects as it is extensive.  There are some of the cheapest universities in the UK too. Most students want to study abroad, but they are unsure as there’s no proper guidance to help them pursue their studies. After you get a degree from a UK university, your CV will look great for a job application, and having this qualification is a great selling point.

Some of the popular universities in the UK are the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, University of Durham. The best colleges are located in London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester. 

Most studied courses are MBA in the UK for Indian students, law, business management, social studies, sociology, computer science, media, and communications.

Universities Admission Process

The admission process differs for each course and program. For any course you choose and the universities, there are basic requirements. If you are an Indian student, you will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Also, you need to have an academic record of 65% for the arts stream, and 80% for science and commerce in class 12. 

Required Documents

  • 10th and 12th mark sheet
  • IELTS/PTE/TOEFL/others
  • Academic transcript
  • Passport
  • Reference letters
  • Statement of Purpose: It is an introduction letter to your college. SOP is written in the first person and states the reason for the application. You have to highlight the reason why they should accept you and your benefits from the course.
  • Letter of Reference: It is a reference letter by a third person stating about your personality, qualities, and capabilities of a prospective student to recommend you to the college. The person could be a teacher, professor, manager, etc.

However, please take note that these are just basic documents, it differs from university to university.

Enrolments Process

  • Do not wait for last-minute applications and submissions.
  • Some universities ask for a video interview, so always be on your toes and stay prepared.
  • The acceptance letter will help you in getting your visa.
  • If you get rejected, you will receive a rejection letter via email.
  • Once you are selected, start to gather your paperwork.
  • You may notify the universities of your decisions, pay a non-refundable amount and apply for the college.
  • Every university has a different fee structure.

Living Expenses in UK

The UK is an expensive country, international students have to pay more tuition fees than a student from the UK or EU. It starts from &10,000 and goes up to &38,000 for medical degrees. 

As per the new requirements from UKBA, you have to have a budget of at least &1,265 monthly to study in London. 

Let’s take a look at some of the basic things for living in the UK:

  • Accommodation
  • Utilities
  • Groceries
  • Phone bills
  • Books
  • Airfare

Other expenses depend on your social life:

  • Travel
  • Vacation
  • Dining out
  • Car rent

Lifestyle perks

If you are studying at any university in the UK, you will need to have a bank account. The college will provide you with a letter during your admission. Also, it is important that you get yourself registered with a local doctor, and your college will guide you through all the procedures. The university will give you access to many societies, clubs, etc., and arrange events for you during your study period. 


As a student, you need to decide whether you want to stay in a managed accommodation or a private landlord. With managed accommodation, you can get catered and self-catered options. When you decide where to stay, you can seek help from your university, they will guide you with the accommodation available. If you want a private stay, the university will provide you with private properties and landlords in the particular area.

There are various types of accommodations available in UK

On-Campus– This is a type of furnished apartment-style living on campus

Short-term stays– This type of accommodation means a hostel and hotel, also known as temporary housing.

Rental– This type of accommodation is done through an agent to lease to rent a property.

Homestay– This type of accommodation gives you the option to live with a family in their homes. 

UK Visa Process

According to the new rules by the UK government, there’s a reinstatement of the 2-year post-study work for international students. However, you should have a look at the requirements for acquiring a visa:

Visa student Application Form

  • Letter of acceptance issued no more than six months by the education provider 
  • Proof of funds to meet the basic needs i.e. &800 per month in London, and &600 outside London. 

Step by Step Process

There are several steps to be followed before applying for a visa, and it takes three weeks to be processed after the application. 

Step 1

You must have a confirmation acceptance for studies

Funds to cover your expenses including the course and living expenses

Step 2

Original documents are to be provided at the time of applying for the student visa.

Step 3

Apply and register online for an appointment at the visa application center.

Culture of UK

People in the UK are concerned with manners and etiquette, so make sure you read and understand their culture before moving there. Few examples which might help you adapt to their culture:

  • Punctuality
  • Social etiquettes
  • Travel 
  • Personal space
  • Queues

If you are not sure which university to choose and need a study guide on any of the universities. You can always be in touch with Ewritingchamps services.