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.
– Download the arrival guide
For students starting in January, term starts on Monday 7th January 2019. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 10am at the International Study Centre.
Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.
– Read our blog about how to prepare for your trip to the UK
Tips and advice from Study Buddies
Thinking about studying in the UK? Whether you are wondering how to get a visa, if you'll be able to buy your favourite food, or you just want to know what British people are like, Study Buddies have the answers for you.
Q&A: What it's like to study in the UK
Life in the UK may be different from what you are used to. We’ve listed some frequently asked questions below, together with answers that we hope you’ll find useful.
Q: What's it like to live in the UK?
A: United Kingdom consists of England, Wales and Scotland. People from all around the world, of all cultures, beliefs and religions live here. The UK has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that will make you feel welcome. See educationuk.org to find out more about living in the UK.
Q: What's it like to live on campus?
A: Keele University has a beautiful and peaceful campus where you will find it easy to focus on your studies, and have fun in your free time. Student accommodation that is located on campus, is within walking distance of teaching buildings, shops and restaurants. The local area has plenty to offer too – the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, is 15 minutes by bus from campus. It's great for shopping, culture and nightlife.
Q: What's the weather like?
A: The weather in the UK changes often, but it is not extremely hot or cold. It could rain and be sunny all in one single afternoon. It is a good idea to pack a coat to bring with you. During the summer, in some parts of the country temperatures may reach 20 degrees and in the winter they do not often drop below 0 degrees Celsius.
Q: How will I meet people and make friends?
A: To help you settle in, we will organise fun events where you can meet your new teachers and classmates. You can also get involved with sports, societies and groups at Keele University, or go along to fun student events taking place on campus.
Q: What if I can't speak well in English?
A: Learning a new language can take some time, so try not to worry if you don't know how to speak and write well in English at first. You can help others understand you more easily by speaking clearly and slowly. You can also repeating the words you say, if necessary. If you don’t understand someone, you can politely ask them to repeat what they have said. Over time you will become confident and comfortable with speaking, writing and reading in English.
Q: Will I be able to find food from my home country?
A: Nearby towns of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent have shops and that sell many different types of food. There are also many restaurants to choose from in the towns, so you’ll be able to try new flavours, or eat food that reminds you of home.
Q: What if I get homesick?
A: Moving to a different country to study is exciting, but sometimes students also feel a little nervous as they prepare to leave their home. It is completely natural to feel this way, and we will do everything we can to help you settle in and make new friends. Keele has a friendly, international student community so it will not take long before you feel at home. The teachers and staff at the International Study Centre are always here for you if you need to speak to someone.