Living cost for postgraduates in the uK
If you’re applying for a Tier 4 student visa, you’ll need to have funds of £1,015 per month of study (or £1,265 if you’re studying in London), which should give you a rough idea of monthly living costs.
Working in the uk
EU, EEA and Swiss students can work in the UK without any restrictions.
If you’re from outside the EEA and are in the UK on a Tier 4 (student) visa, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term-time. If you work more than this then you will be breaching the conditions of your visa and you may be requested to leave the UK.
Rates of pay for part-time work vary, but the national minimum wage for those between 21 and 24 is currently £8.36 per hour, rising to £8.72 for 25-year-olds and above.
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You should start looking for a UK bank before you leave your home country. Bank accounts typically take 3-10 working days to setup, and you can usually apply online. Make sure that you have enough cash to last you for your first few weeks in the UK. Also bear in mind that most UK universities will not allow you to complete your registration without a UK bank account (unless you have a banker’s draft for the full amount of your fees).
In most UK banks you should be eligible for a ‘basic bank account’. A basic bank account will give you a cash machine card and facilities to transfer money into your account. If you need other services such as a cheque book, debit card or access to credit then you will need a current account or an account specifically designed for international students.
To open a UK bank account you will require the following documentation:
- Your passport and a valid visa – EU citizens can use their National Identity Card instead of a passport
- An acceptance letter from your university in the UK – This must be an unconditional offer of a place on your course
- Proof of your address in the UK (and perhaps of your home country address) – Proof of your UK address will probably be your accommodation contract, but check with the bank beforehand
The UK has a comprehensive public transport network that makes it easy to visit destinations across the country, as well as providing an efficient way to get around the city or town you live in.
You can check train times and ticket prices on the National Rail website. It’s generally cheaper to book train tickets in advance rather than on the day. If you plan on taking the train often, it’s worth getting a railcard, which will entitle you to a third off the price of rail fares. Depending on your age, you can buy a 16-25 Railcard or a 26-30 Railcard. For more information, visit the Railcard website.
Buses are one of the most common ways to travel with UK cities. Some urban centres also have their own tram network, while London is home to the Tube – the oldest underground railway in the world.
inner city travel
Most major cities in the UK have their own airport, allowing you to reach a range of destinations across Europe and further afield.
If you wish to drive a car in the UK then you must ensure that you have a driving licence