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Living in the UK

Accommodation

Whilst we cannot offer our own accommodation we work closely with providers within the city to make your transition to the student community in Plymouth as smooth as possible.

There are various Student Letting agents in the city. Visit our accommodation page or download our Student Accommodation Guide to get you started. 

Take a look at the International Student Calculator for information on typical costs in the UK and advice on how to manage your money effectively.  

Culture Shock

After the initial excitement of arriving and starting your course in the UK has ended, it's normal to sometimes feel a little homesick or even a bit lonely. This is true for British students too, so remember, if you do feel like this, you aren't on your own.

Take a look at the UKCISA Guide to Culture Shock to find out more about adjusting to life in the UK.  

If you need someone to talk to, try chatting to your tutor about how you are feeling. You can also come to the Student Hub at the college to talk to an advisor who will be happy to listen and offer support and suggestions.  

UK Healthcare

Since 6 April 2015, most Tier 4 applicants who are applying for more than six months leave will need to pay the 'immigration health surcharge' as part of their visa application. Paying this charge will mean that you are entitled to receive free health services from the National Health Services (NHS) while you are in the UK.  

The UKCISA guide to health and healthcare explains how the National Health Service works in the UK and has further information on if and how much you will need to pay.  It also has advice for EU/EEA /Swiss students and students on courses of less than 6 months on how to access health services.  

In order to use the NHS you will need to register with a GP (Doctors who work in the local community).  To find your closest GP, visit here.

UK Banking

It's important that you speak to your bank in your home country before leaving to come to the UK. If they have a relationship with a UK bank that may help you to set up an account. It's also a good idea to ask them if you can use your cash card in cash machines in the UK to access money from your home country account.

It can take up to three weeks to open a UK bank account, so make sure you have access to money for this period. Some banks also require a local address to open the account, so depending on which bank you choose, you'll have to pay rent and a deposit to secure your accommodation first.

It can be useful to bring a bank statement, or a University letter addressed to your home country address, to help you open an account in the UK.