Student life in the UK

Vivir y recreación en el Reino Unido

To live in the UK as a student, it is important to identify the different economic and recreational aspects to make your experience unforgettable.

Cost of Living

The cost of living can be more expensive in the UK than in other countries although it is really down to the individual to choose how to budget as the prices for many items can vary enormously. It is relatively straightforward to cut costs in the UK. The following are examples of how this can be done:Share a house with other people to divide expenses.

  • Share a house with other people to divide expenses.
  • Use your student identity card for discounts in shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries, leisure centres and for other activities. Student cards can also be used for discounts on travel.
  • Use local supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, and Tesco for cheap food.
  • Shop in street markets for cheap fruit and vegetables.
  • Communicate with your family or friends at any WiFi connection.


Setting up a bank account will enable you to control your finances much more easily. Most main banks will offer a student account, which can be easily set up with identification and proof of study documentation. Most will also offer a little incentive when you open an account, such as a railcard or money off vouchers so have a look around and see who is offering the best deals at the time. The main banks in the UK include: Lloyds TSB, HSBC, and Nat West.

Working as an international student in the UK

International students who are studying at UK Universities can help supplement any income they have by working part-time whilst studying. This can be an excellent way of contributing towards costs (e.g. rent) whilst in the UK. However, please remember that you should not rely on part-time income to pay your tuition fees. You will normally not earn enough to do this.

As an international student you can:

  • Work part-time up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during your holidays.
  • Work full-time at the end of your studies, during the period when your course has finished but your immigration permission to be in the UK has not yet expired (normally for a maximum period of four months).
  • Take a work placement with an employer (sandwich students).
  • Take an internship placement with an employer.

Sin embargo, mientras estés en el Reino Unido con permiso de estudiante, debes ser capaz de demostrar que puedes estudiar y vivir sin necesidad de trabajar.

You must not work if your visa, entry clearance sticker, immigration stamp or UK residence permit states: ‘No work or recourse to public funds’ or ‘No recourse to public funds. Work prohibited’.


Things to do in the UK

“If you are bored of London, you are bored of life”

Samuel Johnson.

Living in the UK enables you to enjoy hundreds of activities and days out.

London is one of the cultural centres of the world and the other big cities and towns of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast and Cardiff are social and cultural hubs.

The following websites give you an idea of the activities you can undertake whilst living in the UK although the list really is endless and you will never get bored! 

Fun Things To Do

Visit Britain

Visit England

Visit Scotland

Visit Wales

Visit London