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

 

 

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’.

London has 3 major airports, all of which have good bus and train links to central London.

  1. Heathrow Airport is 20 miles west of central London connected by train and Udnerground services. A one way ticket on the Heathrow Express to Paddington is around £30. A one way ticket on the Underground is around £6.
  2. Gatwick Airport is 29 miles south of central London connected by train and bus services. A one way ticket on the Gatwick Express is around £20. A one way ticket on National Express, Terravision or easyBus services is around £10.
  3. London Luton Airport is 34 miles north of central London and connected by train services. A one way ticket on the train is around £20. A one way ticket on National Express or easyBus serivces is under £10.

You can plan your journey here: www.tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

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

Tube: For information about travel in and around London we advise using the TFL website: www.tfl.gov.uk

Bus: One of the cheapest options for travel is the bus. Buses run regularly 24 hours a day, and your Oyster card will be valid to use on all London buses.

Taxis: Only black taxis (black cabs) may be hailed by customers and picked up off the street. An even easier way is to simply text the word ‘CAB’ to 60835 from your mobile to get up to 3 local cab numbers. Minicabs are NOT licensed to stop on the street. They MUST be pre-booked by law. Never get in a minicab without booking.

Trains: if you want to explore outside London, you will find these websites 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/lnformation--Advice/Livingin-the-UK/Driving

London 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.

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 UK National Healthcare Service (NHS) is changing. When you visit England, you’ll normally have to pay for NHS treatment. We strongly recommend you take out student health insurance before your arrival in the UK.

We strongly recommend registering with a GP (a local doctor). If you are not registered with one, there are many NHS urgent care service centres in England where you do not need an appointment. They are usually open 7 days a week, from early morning to late evening. You would need to take your passport and any relevant insurance papers to the GP or the NHS urgent care centre.

In most cases non-EU students cannot work in the 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: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Working/Student-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.

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 please visit: 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 websites 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

The UK National Healthcare Service (NHS) is changing. When you visit England, you’ll normally have to pay for NHS treatment. We strongly recommend you take out student health insurance before your arrival in the UK.

We strongly recommend registering with a GP (a local doctor). If you are not registered with one, there are many NHS urgent care service centres in England where you do not need an appointment. They are usually open 7 days a week, from early morning to late evening. You would need to take your passport and any relevant insurance papers to the GP or the NHS urgent care centre.

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.

In most cases non-EU students cannot work in the 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: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Working/Student-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

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.

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 UK National Healthcare Service (NHS) is changing. When you visit England, you’ll normally have to pay for NHS treatment. We strongly recommend you take out student health insurance before your arrival in the UK.

We strongly recommend registering with a GP (a local doctor). If you are not registered with one, there are many NHS urgent care service centres in England where you do not need an appointment. They are usually open 7 days a week, from early morning to late evening. You would need to take your passport and any relevant insurance papers to the GP or the NHS urgent care centre.

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.

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.

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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