Living in the UK
On these pages you will find a variety of information about living in the UK, including accessing healthcare and practical advice for students with families.
- Banking and budgeting
- Entitlement to healthcare
- Working in the UK
- International students with families
- Practical information
The International Student Advisors' Office is here to help you make the transition to studying and living in the UK and can help you with a range of needs from setting up a UK bank account to driving on our roads.
Our pre-arrival guidance for international students also provides much of the information that you will need.
You may also find the following websites useful:
- Culture Shock
- Don't be afraid to ask for help
- UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) contains a lot of useful information regarding life in the UK and a comprehensive list of information sheets.
- RAS (Relocation Advisory Service) is part of the Scottish Government and has a very good website offering advice about relocating to Scotland.
- DirectGov (UK Government) offers information on public services.
- Education UK (British Council) has a lot of information about living and studying in the UK. It also contains information about working while studying and about the UK education system.
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the website to check if you plan to drive in the UK with your foreign driving licence.
- Host UK is a voluntary organisation that enables international students to stay with a UK host family for a weekend. The stay is free of charge - you only need to pay for your transport to the host's home and back.