Life in UK
What is it is like to Study and live in the UK??
The United Kingdom (UK) is a welcoming and friendly place to live, and it is a fun place to study!
Improve your Skills, make new friends, try new food, and spend your weekends visiting our famous cities and attractions.
Daily life in the UK
Eating in the UK
It is easy to find good food in the UK and we have some of the world’s top restaurants.
Lots of cheap restaurants, and food markets, are available for students on a budget. It is possible to try food from all over the world, even in small towns. Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican food are all very popular.
Traditional British food includes fish and chips, full English breakfast, Sunday roast dinners, Yorkshire pudding, cornish pasties, cream tea, pies, haggis, local cheese, and of course plenty of tea and cake.
Supermarkets are good places to find cheap options for lunch and snack, to reduce the cost of living.
Weather in the UK
Does it always rain the UK? Not usually! The UK has lots of different weather, sometimes it rains, sometimes it is sunny and beautiful.
Money in the UK
The UK uses its own currency, called the pound (£). Cash machines (ATMs) are easy to find and are usually free to use.
You can pay by debit or credit card almost everywhere in the UK. Cash is usually required at very small shops, outdoor markets, some pubs and cafes, local buses and for taxis.
Exploring a new country
British sightseeing and attractions
The UK is home to some of the world’s top museums and art galleries, music venues and theatres.
Outside the cities there is beautiful countryside and many castles, historic houses, parks and gardens.
Language centres usually organise student social programmes which will include visits to the UK’s popular destinations. Typical trips often include Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, London, York and Edinburgh.
Where can you study English in the UK?
The UK is a union of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 62 million people live in the UK. Most people live in England, which is the largest of the four countries.
There are over 100 different cities and towns in the UK. Each destination offers something unique, so every student can find the perfect place to study.
Public transport in the UK
The UK is small country with lots to see, and it is easy to use public transport to explore. Trains are the fastest way to travel, especially for long journeys. Book your tickets in advance for the cheapest prices.
Coaches are often the cheapest way to explore the UK – you can travel between major cities for as little as £5.
Airport transfers – when you arrive in the UK
If you want someone to meet you at the airport, you can book an airport taxi transfer through your language school.
If you are travelling from the airport by public transport, there will be coach services and sometimes a train service. In London there are express train service – these are the fastest option but they are more expensive than slower travel options.
People in the UK
Diversity in the UK
The UK has a very diverse population – people from all over the world live here. There are many different international communities, and international students will feel welcome.
The UK is a tolerant society, and it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.
Different accents in the UK
There are different regional accents in the UK. A person from Edinburgh will sound a little different to a person from Bristol. Students do not need to worry about this. Teachers and host families will always speak very clearly for students, and local accents are useful helpful and friendly.
English is a global language, and it is an important skill to be able to understand different English accents from around the UK, and the world!
Apply to a UK Boarding School
If you are interested in securing a place at a UK boarding school for your child, but are confused by the different options and unfamiliar UK school system, we can help you find the right destination and school with expert guidance and support.
Our team consists of former Headmasters and Headmistresses, plus teachers and school administrators, who have collectively been in the schools for over 100 years.
We know how stressful and difficult it is for children and parents to relocate, which is why you are in safe hands with David Boddy, formerly Chairman of the UK Society of Heads and Head of St James Senior School for Boys in London, and Senior Consultant Suzie Oweiss, formerly of the Good School Guide.
Why use the Boarding School Service?
The Boarding School Service guarantees your child an offer from a UK boarding school, or all your fees are refunded.
An initial 60 minute consultation is free of charge and will provide an overview of the UK education system and its schools. It is important for your child to be in attendance during this first meeting, as your consultant will need to learn more about their wishes for the future. Parents should bring all supporting documents to the first meeting, detailing the child’s academic, social, artistic and sporting achievements.
Coaching, Mentoring and Tutoring
Many of the UK’s best schools are highly competitive to get into, and a coaching, mentoring and tutoring service is also provided. Children will need to perform well in entrance tests and in subsequent interviews, usually with the Head Teacher or a senior Admissions Tutor, and our consultants are familiar with many of the school admissions departments and can help prepare students for what is to come.
We will also:
- Make contact on your behalf with appropriate UK schools
- Advise on all curriculum and subject options
- Organise appointments and visits to schools
- Establish any learning support programmes where English language ability is lacking or some other special learning need is identified
- Advise on school contracts and financial terms
- Help arrange favourable fee-payment schedules and plans
Apply to a UK Boarding School
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