Study in UK

History:  The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries : England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the capitals of Britain,Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively. Major sports includes football, rugby football, boxing, badminton, cricket, tennis and golf. The United Kingdom has been influential in the development of cinema, with the Ealing Studios claiming to be the oldest studios in the world. The flag of the United Kingdom is the Union Flag. It was created by the super imposition of the Flag of England, the Flag of Scotland and Saint Patrick's Flag in 1801.

Climate: During the summer the temperature can vary from 20 to 30 °C. We do not have a rainy or dry season – rain may fall at any time of the year. In January and February the temperature may fall below 0°C and it does snow occasionally. You will need warm waterproof clothing. You can buy coats and waterproof jackets easily and fairly cheaply in the UK, but if you are going to arrive at the end of September or October, you should bring a warm item of clothing with you to wear when you arrive.

Custom : In the UK it is considered to be polite to say thank you or please instead of just smiling - for example when you order a drink in a bar or you get on/off the bus.

Health : Generally If you are on a full-time course of six months or more, you will be entitled to free NHS medical treatment. All students should register with a doctor and dentist nearest to where they live.

Vacations :

There are eight public holidays called bank holidays in the UK. On bank holidays most offices, banks, schools, universities and a lot of shops are closed. New Year's Day: 1 January
Good Friday: Friday before the UK Easter (March or April date varies)
Easter Monday: Monday after Easter (March or April date varies)
May Day bank holiday: first Monday in May
Spring bank holiday: last Monday in May
Summer bank holiday: last Monday in August
Christmas Day: 25 December
Boxing Day: 26 December

Transport:  Smokingis not allowed on any London transport. Don't keep luggage in aisles or pathways and never leave it unattended.     

Tube:  When using an escalator, stand to the right to let those in a hurry walk past on the left.There is an alarm in every tube train carriage for emergencies. Pulling the alarm will alert the driver that there's a problem. The train will stop if any part of the train is in the station otherwise it will continue to the next stop where help can be more easily given. Tube trains don't have air conditioning, so be careful in the summer months to carry a bottle of water. If you feel unwell, get off the train.

Buses: Drivers aren't obliged to stop at every stop so it's a good idea to raise your hand as the bus approaches to advise the driver to stop.
Always get on at the front of the bus, unless travelling on a 'bendy bus'.
Exit the bus at the rear exit.

Trains:  Make sure you buy your ticket before boarding.  Make sure you're not sitting in a first class carriage if you have a standard class ticket, you may have to pay a penalty. Some carriages are 'noise free' and you can't use a mobile phone or listen to a personal stereo.

Fares:  Taxi fares change depending on the time of the day, speed and distance. 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.

Minicab fares: Minicab fares are set by the cab firm, and should be agreed before the journey. Most minicabs charge by the mile. An estimated fare is about £2.50 per mile with a minimum fare of about £5.
Ask for the fare when booking your minicab, and again before starting your journey with the driver.
Most minicab firms charge from pick-up point, but some charge from the minicab office, meaning you're being charged before the cab reaches you, so be sure to check. Like taxis, minicabs can cost more at night and on public holidays. 

JOB: Student can work only 20 hrs during their term time and full time during vacations.  Jobs can be  easily found  by consulting notice boards around campus, looking in local newspapers and jobcentres, or going along to your college or  university careers office. Many universities have their own job centres which put up part-time and holiday vacancies. One of the more popular ways of finding a job is via an employment agency, which allows you to either find a short-term job as a temporary worker or should find permanent employment. If you are a foreign national - a person from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) - working while you're in the UK, you'll be required to hold a UK identity card as part of the National Identity Scheme (NIS).
Your university or college careers service can also provide you with information and advice about employment, training and further study, and help you with job-hunting and making applications

Ways to cut costs - a few helpful tips:
Whether you're a tourist, working traveller or student, there are extra steps you can take to reduce expenses.
Here are a few:
stay at shared accommodation - rent a room in a house, flat or hostel
make good use of public transport, which is both efficient and country-wide
look out for bargains and special promotional offers on goods and services
buy groceries and cook your own food instead of eating out every day.

In an emergency that requires ambulance, police or fire services dial 999from any telephone. In the case of a non-emergency crime you should contact your local police station.

Using public transport & taxis :

Avoid waiting alone at bus stops and on train platforms.
On a double-decker bus, sit downstairs where the driver can see you.
Avoid sitting in an empty carriage on trains and the Underground.
Check the time of the last train, bus or tube back to your accommodation.
Walking near railway lines can be very dangerous; never touch them.
Always use a licensed taxi – check the back of the taxi to ensure it carries an official licence plate. Minicabs that stop in the street may be cheaper, but they are not as safe as those you arrange over the phone.
If you need immediate assistance when travelling on a bus or train you can call the British Transport Police free on 0800 40 50 40.

Be safe on the streets:
Never carry large amounts of money with you, but always make sure you have enough for a phone call and a bus or taxi home.
Avoid using cash machines at night or in isolated places, and always be aware of people around you.
Try not to display expensive items like laptops, mobile phones and jewellery.
If you think you are being followed, find the nearest public place and ask for assistance.

At your accommodation
Avoid leaving valuables in your room.
Make sure your room door is locked when you leave.
All paid-for accommodation has to have a working smoke detector and alarm.
familiarise yourself with the fire exits, assembly points and the location of fire extinguishers.
Make sure your accommodation provider supplies you with information about the procedures for emergency evacuation.

Useful websites:
http://ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ contact for advice about immigration matters


www.visitbritain.co.ukis the official website for travel and tourism in the UK. Here you can look at maps, destination and city guides, book hotels and B&Bs in the UK through Britain's largest online accommodation directory, find travel and transport information as well as lots of practical travel advice

http://www.educationuk.org/downloads/study_live_uk.pdf this will give all the imp info on studying and living in UK

www.hmce.gov.uk gives u all the info on travelling to uk

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