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Our Mission: To be the most engaging, efficient and supportive educational consulting firm, being there for our students all through their career with their respective institutions.
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UK FOOD AND CULTURE________________________________________________________________
A big concern for many of our students is whether they will ‘survive’ the culture and lack of their traditional food availability in the UK. Rest assured that the UK is a very diverse country and you are bound to find restaurants that cater for your local cuisine and/or get together with others from your countries and cook together. However a big part of studying in the UK is all about learning the culture and joining into the British way of life. British cuisine is very diverse; ranging from Chinese, Indian, Italian and French and well as your traditional roast beef, Shepherd’s pie, Haggis, afternoon teas or the world famous fish and chips.
Supermarkets sell a whole range of fruit and vegetables from all over the world; you can also find numerous specialists shops stocking international foods.
In the UK meals reflect the changing season of the year. In winter, soup, casseroles and roasts are popular. In summer lighter meals and salads are eaten more often.
Although we do not advocate it most cities have a large selection of your main fast food outlets like McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
In cities and larger towns you can find restaurants serving almost any kind of food when eating out in the UK. Most restaurants display their menu outside so that you can check what they have to offer before you go in.
Most students learn to get together and cook in their years at university. This is by far the cheapest and most economical way to get through your studies. The universities we work with have a diverse range of nationalities and as such you are bound to find others from your country or region that you can get together with. Larger cities like London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester have a good selection of Kenyan, Nigeria, Ghanaian and Pakistani food outlets and restaurants.
The climate of the UK is generally mild, contrary to popular belief it’s not all about rain and fog.
Our advice to students is that you must dress up warmly. Bring plenty of warm clothing and get used to the idea of wearing several layers at a go. A winter coat is a must and so are several sweaters. It may be best to do most of your shopping once you get to the UK as you may struggle to find suitable clothing in your home countries. Shoes suitable for winter must be used i.e. big boots. Please do not come in flip flops as you will almost certainly regret it.
The table below indicates averages for the UK however temperatures and rainfall do vary from one region to another.
The UK offers a wide variety of transport:
Taxi – 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
Bike – cheap alternative and healthy too! But wear a helmet and buy a good lock for your bike. Many cities have cycle routes. These are designated lanes just for bikes, 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 approx £50. The average cost per term is £25. Check with your university to see if they offer this service
Coaches – offers efficient travel between major cities
National Express Coaches offers student discounts
National Express: www.nationalexpress.com
Megabus operates in some of the major cities across the UK and offers cheap fare for just £1 plus 50p booking fee
Route information can be found at http://uk.megabus.com/BusStops.aspx
Buses – 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.
London bus information can be found at: www.tfl.gov.uk/modalpages/2605.aspx
Outside of London 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.
National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 0845 748 4950
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.
For discounted travel visit: www.16-25railcard.co.uk
A 16-25 Railcard 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 - There are many airlines that fly to the UK 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
London Underground - Known as ‘The Tube’ and 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 give you to a printable version of the underground map: www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/14091.aspx
LIFE IN THE UK
Studying in the UK is not only a wonderful opportunity to benefit from a world-class education but also a chance to experience the country's vibrant culture.
Although the UK is relatively small in size, it offers a wealth of attractions. London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the UK and if you look beyond London you will find a nation as diverse as it is accessible and affordable.
UK cities and towns display a rich and varied historical and cultural heritage. For seaside splendour, you could head south to Brighton or the palm-fringed English Riviera, or west to the surfing culture of north Cornwall or Wales. Great civic centres, such as Cardiff, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds offer some of the best nightclub scenes in Europe. Further north, Edinburgh beckons, with its blend of old-world architecture and up-to-the-minute arts, while Glasgow is one of the happening cities in the country.
Lifestyle and Leisure
The UK is a tolerant, democratic society, where different beliefs and political views are respected. In large cities, there are shops that sell every imaginable type of food from around the world, from halal meats and Asian vegetables and rice to Kosher desserts. Throughout the year, in different towns and cities, there is a succession of religious festivals celebrating various events in all world religions
If you are looking for a bit of UK culture why not visit one of the UK’s free galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery or the Tate Modern or one of the UK’s free museums such as the British Museum or the National Museum Cardiff.
Fancy an evening at the Theatre, why not check out London’s West End or the Edinburgh Festivals.
The UK is proud of its history. Looking for a day out why not visit one of Britain’s top Heritage Sites like the Tower of London or Stonehenge
Further details can be found at:
If theme parks are more your thing then Britain is home to some of the biggest and best rides in Europe; Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach are just two.
For a full list check out www.themeparks-uk.com
For further ideas of what Britain can offer the following websites will give you some inspiration:
London is one of the world most cosmopolitan shopping destinations in the world. Visit the world’s biggest shoe department at Selfridges or the remarkable iconic department store Harrods. Most large towns and cities have shopping centres. Here you can find hundreds of stores, restaurants and cinemas in one place
In London visit Westfield. This is Europe’s largest inner-city shopping centre. And it’s not just London that can boast amazing shopping experiences
Birmingham has the Bullring with over 160 stores. Visit the Trafford Centre in Manchester with over 200 stores, including three department stores
In Liverpool’s there’s Liverpool One . Scotland’s Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow offers fabulous shopping in the city. Wales biggest and best fashion destination is in Cardiff, so take a trip to St David’s.
One thing the British like to talk about (other than the weather) is sport If you’re a football fanatic; whether you follow Manchester United or Arsenal, keep up to date with what’s going with the Football Associations website www.thefa.com/news. When the weather turns warmer tennis factors strongly and if you visit Wimbledon you must try some strawberries and cream, don’t forget your coat (it usually rains!) www.wimbledon.com. Is Cricket more your game how about a visit to Lords? www.lords.org. More information can be found here.
The UK is a world leader in the clubbing world. There is an enormous choice which covers just about every taste in music. Manchester and London remain the most famous for clubs in the UK, but every city and larger town offers a vibrant clubbing scene.
If you fancy seeing the latest blockbuster most large towns have a cinema, if you use you student ID most offer discounted prices.
Vue Cinemas: www.myvue.com
ACCOMMODATION IN THE UK
Where you decide to live is a very important decision as you will be living here for the duration of your course. Choose somewhere where you are going to be happy.
Halls of Residence
Most universities provide their own accommodation for students. These are usually based on campus or very close by. These can be en-suite rooms or a room with shared facilities. Some universities can offer meals. They are usually overseen by a resident member of the university to ensure the welfare and safety of the students. We recommend that at least for the first year you consider staying in this type of accommodation. It would have easy access to the university and allow you to settle into the country much better. It would also allow you to meet with a variety of other students and cultures.
Many students resided in properties owned by private landlords. You will have your own room, but will be sharing the kitchen and, usually, bathroom. You will usually split all bills with the other students. You will be responsible for your own cooking. The universities usually have a list of approved properties and can help you find somewhere to live.
Homestay allows you to rent a room from a local family near to where you are studying. This helps you learn the local lifestyle and language. You would normally live, eat and share the majority of your time with your host family. Usually all meals, bills and laundry are included. Your university will have a list of approved families.
Make sure for apply for your accommodation as soon as you have chosen your university. Demand for accommodation is also very high and availability of on-campus accommodation, (if available) can not be guaranteed.
UK STUDENT VISAS
Experience shows that students who attempt to apply on their own find the whole process complicated, time-consuming and daunting. The great majority of all student visa applicants get visa refusals and such refusals will stay on your record at the High Commission. This is where the visa expertise of the Riabisel Education team can make all the difference – often turning those painful refusal letters into joyous student visas!
So how long does it take to obtain your visa? Each case is different but the new systems now being operated by the British High Commission tend to rely very heavily on meticulous paperwork rather than interviews. Putting such documentation together can take up to 2 or 3 months – but the good news is that the Riabisel Education Visa Protocol Officers have been rigorously trained in helping you to prepare and submit such documentation.
As a Riabisel Education student you will only be counselled by a counsellor who has first hand experience of the precise requirements. Our visa specialists will help you to complete the visa application forms, advise you as to the bank statements you must normally provide and counsel you as to the sponsorship letters and other documentation that is so vital if your application is to be successful. Where necessary we will provide you with a vigorous mock interview in preparation for what you should expect at the UKBA.
If for some reason you get a visa refusal after applying through Riabisel Education, unlike other education agencies, Riabisel Education does not close its doors to you. As long as we feel that you are genuine and still have a fighting chance, we will help you turn around the rejection.
We have a high success rate amongst student visa applications as long as you follow our advice throughout.
Our statistics show that you are twice more likely to get a visa through Riabisel Education’s help than on your own and our advice to students is that no matter how confident you feel, check things through us.
Tuition fees are paid at the beginning of your course (before registration at least 50% is needed although you may be needed to pay a deposit before you even apply for your visa in your home country)
£5,500 - £12,000 per year
Engineering and Science Courses
£6,500 - £12,000 per year
£7,000 - £16,500 per year
How to pay your fees
Once you have your offer you will be required to pay your course fees. Your university may allow you to pay in instalments. Please check with us to find out if your university accepts instalments. If you paid part of your tuition fee before applying for your visa you will need to product the payment receipts when you register with the university. Once you have paid full you can register obtain your Student ID.
Cost of Living in the UK
Below is a rough estimate of how much international students spend during one academic year; however this will depend on the standard of living you will expect. You need to consider opening a new bank account and registering for a National Insurance Number. The cost of living will depend on whether you live in or outside London and on your own lifestyle.
The minimum living costs required by the UKBA are:
Outside London: £800 per month
London: £1000 per month
The following is a guide for the things you need to budget for:
Accommodation; will vary depending on the type of accommodation you depend (private rental exclude heating, lighting, electricity and, in some cases, water rates)
Books and photocopying
Clothes and toiletries can be a large expense
Entertainment and sports will vary depending on your interests
Travel expenses, phone calls, birthday presents and additional course costs
When you first arrive in the UK it is advisable to take some money in the form of currency notes and some Traveller's cheques.
Make arrangements to have your money transferred to your account in a bank in your home country, which can later be transferred to your new bank account in the UK.
Make sure you apply for your Student ID card as many local shops, theatres, cinemas, museums and special fare prices are available on buses and trains.