Back Bridge in London at night time

Before You Arrive

New Students

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.

Our new centre is located by Canary Wharf, a thriving business hub close to the City of London. A hugely multicultural place, you'll also be close to the exciting area of Greenwich, where you can enjoy everything from music at The O2 to important historical sites.

Download the pre-arrival guide.

Living in the UK

Specialist and international foods
Shops both on campus and very close to campus will sell most things you’ll initially need. You may also find that some of the larger supermarkets stock the products that you require.

Social attitudes
Life in Britain will almost certainly be different from what you are used to. It is difficult to define exactly what the ‘British’ way of life is as attitudes and outlooks vary considerably according to where you are in the country. As a home to residents from many different parts of the world and a variety of ethnic backgrounds, Britain has a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. It won’t take you long before you are accustomed to your new life here and are able to adapt to a whole variety of situations; everything from understanding British etiquette and mannerisms to cooking your own food and running your own bank account.

Water
Tap water in Britain is safe to drink but if you feel wary of this, bottled water and water filters are readily available at most supermarkets, which you could buy on arrival.

Homesickness
To start with everything is new, exciting and different, but as time goes by you may start to wish that things were the way they were back home. Don’t despair as this stage will pass – and much more quickly if you talk to someone about how you are feeling. Remember that all of your fellow students are in the same position, and our staff will help you make friends and adjust to your new life in the UK.