12th Nov 2022
Afia Azmi

Don't Waste Time! 9 Facts you need to know before studying in the UK

Studying abroad has become such a trend today when earlier, even dreaming about places abroad was a vision. The world that has become so dynamic has only become more competitive for today’s generation. The struggle to do more and do better has become the propelling force behind students wanting to go abroad for further studies. As such, the career benefits of studying abroad have escalated.

Renowned for its academic excellence, living and studying in the UK provides an unmatched experience. For international students, the UK is the best place to look. There is a wide range of options of degrees to choose from. You can choose your own time to pursue a long-term or short-term degree.

So, while you prepare for your stay abroad in the UK, here are some facts to excite your trip ahead.

Students! Save! Money!

In the UK, students can avail of discounts on various services/products. One of the popular schemes is the NUS Extra card (which allows you to save on food, travel, tech, and other essentials) and the Young Person’s Railcard, which will enable you to save 1/3 on railway travel.

Spooky Clock Alert!

Birmingham University in the UK is well known for its old Joe clock. It is rumoured to be a stroke of bad luck for students who stand underneath this clock when it chimes. So you might want to stay away from this throughout your exams.

For Potterheads

Cardiff University has its own Harry Potter Society. It might be your dream to land at this urban Hogwarts that organises film screenings, discussions, assault courses, and even its own Triwizard Tournaments. 

Posh London University

With London in its name, the University of London prides itself for its royal and elite alumni such as Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Princess Beatrice, and Vivienne Westwood all attending Goldsmiths, University of London.

A Museum for University

The University of Glasgow’s “Hunterian Museum” was built in 1807. It is Scotland’s oldest public museum. The museum has a large collection of art and scientific relics including the world’s first-ever ultrasound machine.

Fancy Food Nest

The UK is home to over 150 Michelin-starred restaurants. The French chef’s only British restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, has held three Michelin stars since 2010. Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in the village of Bray, near Windsor, has been serving gastronomical meals for more than 25 years. Book early for those instagrammable pictures and cuisines.

Black Friday Shopping

Student savers unite because this is how you must shop. The UK has been famous for its Black Friday sale since its introduction in 2010 by Amazon. But since ASDA Stores took part in this, the online deals have been soaring. 

The Largest Library

London houses one of the world’s largest library. The British Library in King’s Cross, London, has over 170 million items in its catalogue, including the Magna Carta. It also holds exhibitions to showcase some exquisite, first-hand copies ever written, such as manuscripts of Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible, etc.

There’s A Cheese Sport

Cheese Rolling is one of the strangest sports taking place every year in Gloucestershire during the spring. In this competition, an 8-pound round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the top of the Cooper Hill, and participants chase after it down to the bottom. 

Cambridge for Hollywood

Cambridge has been used as the backdrop location for nearly 71 film shoots. Some famous movies are The Theory Of Everything, Pirates of The Caribbean, and Sylvia.

The United Kingdom is rich with wonders, curiosities, and history of the famous and objects introduced/made by the famous. From food to travel to study in some of the oldest universities, the UK has consistently kept its position as one of the most student-friendly, exotic, and exciting places to study abroad.

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