Useful Information

Life in the United Kingdom

London

Estimated expenses per month

Rent £900 - £1800 (av. £1200)
Food £120 - £200
Books £30 - £40
Public transport £80 - £190
Telephone & Internet £30 - £50
Health insurance £30 - £40
Utility bills* £72 - £140
Social £20 - £50**
Total cost of living £1200 - £2500

*most student accommodation rental prices include utility bills
**average spend

 

 

Birmingham

Estimated expenses per month

Rent £400 - £800 (av. £522)
Food £120 - £200
Books £30 - £40
Public transport £32 - £70
Telephone & Internet £30 - £50
Health insurance £30 - £40
Utility bills* £72 - £140
Social £20 - £50**
Total cost of living £730 - £1400

*most student accommodation rental prices include utility bills
**average spend

 

 

 

Take special care of your passport, travel documents and tickets. It is advisable to make a copy of your documents and keep the originals stored away safely. Do not leave your luggage unattended, unless at an official ‘left luggage office’.   

If you are arriving to Birmingham International Airport, you can take the West Midlands Train from the Airport Station directly to Birmingham New Street. The journey takes an average of 15 minutes and costs approximately £4 for a single ticket. From Birmingham New Street, you’ll have access to Birmingham and your accommodation!

Take special care of your passport, travel documents and tickets. It is advisable to make a copy of your documents and keep the originals stored away safely. Do not leave your luggage unattended, unless at an official ‘left luggage office’.   

If you are arriving to Birmingham International Airport, you can take the West Midlands Train from the Airport Station directly to Birmingham New Street. The journey takes an average of 15 minutes and costs approximately £4 for a single ticket. From Birmingham New Street, you’ll have access to Birmingham and your accommodation!

We recommend using our airport transfer service, which will transport you to your accommodation in comfort. For further details, contact us at: Life.B@thelanguagegallery.com 

Bus: You can travel in Birmingham by bus which run from 5 am to 12 am. (£5 for all day travel). For more info: www. networkwestmidlands.com 

Taxis: Only black taxis (black cabs) may be hailed by customers and picked up off the street. Minicabs are NOT licenced to stop in the street. They MUST be pre-booked by law. Never get in a minicab without booking.

Trains: if you want to explore outside Birmingham, you will find this website useful: www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com 

Traffic regulations:17 is the legal age for driving in the UK. You must possess a valid driving licence and, as a European or international student, you must make sure you fulfil the legal requirements before driving anywhere in the UK. Contact the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency): www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Livigin-the-UK/Driving 

Birmingham is a very cosmopolitan, multicultural city and we take pride in our diversity. We have many interesting neighbourhoods, each with its unique culture and atmosphere. It is a great place for galleries, museums and socialising. To explore more please look at www.visitbirmingham.com and get planning your adventure!

In Britain, the climate is very changeable. It is advisable to pack clothes to suit different seasonal weather conditions. For more information about the British climate, visit: www.metoffice.gov.uk

Possessions:

Don’t leave your belongings out in the open. It’s a good idea to keep a list of all your belongings and use an ultraviolet pen to mark your valuables with your name, student ID and the school’s name.

 Whenever possible, always avoid displaying expensive items such as iPads/tablets, mobile phones and jewellery in busy public places. For further information about personal safety please visit: www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention

Safety outside:

Generally speaking, the UK’s streets are safe, but it pays to be aware of your surroundings, as you should be in any country. If you are returning home late at night, try to walk in or with a group. Avoid putting yourself at risk by taking shortcuts, carrying large amount of cash and or having your valuables on show.

 Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK. Make sure you look in the correct direction before crossing. Use the official crossings and obey the signs.

 When you’re out, don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.

The nearest Walk–in Centre to the school is:

Boots Pharmacy:

Address: 66 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA

Tel: +44(0)121 255 4500

Web: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/, www.ukcisa.org.uk

 If you are ill and would like to hear advice or treatment you can call the NHS on 111.

Nottingham

Estimated expenses per month

Rent £400 - £850 (av. £620)
Food £120 - £200
Books £30 - £40
Public transport £50
Telephone & Internet £30 - £50
Health insurance £30 - £40
Utility bills* £72 - £140
Social £20 - £50**
Total cost of living £730 - £1500

*most student accommodation rental prices include utility bills
**average spend

 

 

 

Take special care of your passport, travel documents and tickets. It is advisable to make a copy of your documents and keep the originals stored away safely. Do not leave your luggage unattended, unless at an official ‘left luggage office’.

If you are arriving to Birmingham International Airport, you can take the West Midlands Train from the Airport Station directly to Birmingham New Street where you can then catch a connecting train to Nottingham Train Station. The journey takes an approximately 2 hours and costs approximately £30-£40 for a single ticket.

If you are arriving to Manchester Airport, you can take a Northern Train from the Airport Station directly to Manchester Piccadilly where you can then catch a connecting train to Nottingham Train Station. The journey takes an approximately 2 and a half hours and costs £20-£50 for a
single ticket.

From Nottingham Train Station, you’ll have access to the city and your accommodation!

We recommend using our airport transfer service, which will transport you to your accommodation in comfort. For further details, contact us at: Life.N@thelanguagegallery.com

Bus: You can travel in Nottingham by bus. You can buy discount cards, which will work on all public transport in the Nottingham area. If you want to pay by cash, you need to have the exact money – the bus driver will not give you change. For more information, visit: https://www.nctx.co.uk/fares-and-tickets

 Taxis: Minicabs are NOT licenced to stop in the street. They MUST be pre-booked by law. Never get in a minicab without booking.

Tram: You can travel in Nottingham by tram. You can buy discount cards, which will work on all public transport in the Nottingham area. You need to buy your ticket before you enter the tram. For more information, visit: https://www.thetram.net/.

 Trains: if you want to explore outside Birmingham, you will find this website useful: www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com

Traffic regulations: 17 is the legal age for driving in the UK. You must possess a valid driving licence and, as a European or international student, you must make sure you fulfil the legal requirements before driving anywhere in the UK. Contact the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency): https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Studying--living-in-the-UK/Driving

 Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK. Make sure you look in the correct direction before crossing. Use the official crossings and obey the signs.

In most cases non-EU students cannot work in UK. EU students have no limit on the number of hours worked, but again, any work should be secondary to your studies and should be planned around your hours of study. Further information about working in the UK is available from UKCISA: www.ukcisa.org.uk/ Information--Advice/Working/Can-you-work

If you are eligible to work in the UK, you will need a National Insurance (NI) number. You can do it by arranging an appointment using the following contacts:  

Tel: +44 (0)345 600 0643  

Website: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk  

Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk  

Your NI card will arrive by post and usually takes 6 – 8 weeks.

Nottingham is a very cosmopolitan, multicultural city and we take pride in our diversity. There are lots of interesting places to visit, and historical monuments throughout the city. To find out more, visit: https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/things-to-do for some ideas, or ask your teacher.

In Britain, the climate is very changeable. It is advisable to pack clothes to suit different seasonal weather conditions. For more information about the British climate, visit: www.metoffice.gov.uk

The nearest walk-in centre to the school is: Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham NG2 4LA.

Web: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/ www.ukcisa.org.uk

If you are ill and would like to hear advice or treatment you can call the NHS on 111.

How to Apply?

  1. Contact us to discuss your interests and decide which course is the best for you
  2. Submit an application
  3. Provide all required documents (application form and passport)
  4. Receive your offer letter
  5. Start preparing for your travels to the UK
  6. Make a payment
  7. Receive your enrolment letter
  8. Enjoy your English course!
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