How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

Traveling alone or in groups can be very expensive, especially if you are visiting London or other main cities. However, if you follow our guide then hopefully we can help you save the money you need for another wonderful adventure abroad. Thus, below you will find all the information on how to see the UK on a budget

 

 

Traveling

In the UK, you can use public transports to get around the city you are visiting. These include:

  • Buses – It is more suitable for those who are traveling inside one city. If you are thinking of going to all those attractions in one day, you can purchase an all-day ticket which can save you more than getting a return or single ticket. That way you can travel using buses to anywhere within the zone. Specifically, you could also use the sightseeing tour buses in many cities that will take you to popular sites!

 

  • Train – Trains can be cheaper and quicker to travel from town to town. For those who are traveling to the UK to study or stay for a longer term then you can purchase a railcard to save you money when taking the train. For traveling in cities such as London, you can purchase an Oyster card to make your traveling easier!

For those who travel in groups of 4 or 5, hiring a car is an alternative option to travel if one of you have a driving license.

Nonetheless, it is best to book your tickets in advance to save costs when using public transports or flights. We recommend using booking sites such as Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Megabus. Virgin Trains can sometimes work out cheaper than booking sites as they sometimes offer a cheaper price if you book a few months in advance.

UK on a budget

 

Sightseeing

In the UK, some museums are free to visit and yet, some requires an entrance fee. For free museums, they may ask for a small donation although that is not essential. Read on Trip Advisor before your trip to see which ones have the best reviews! If you know which ones you want to go then be sure to check out Groupon to see whether or not there is a deal so that you can save that extra cash! There may also be free events in the local area so research them beforehand!

 

 

Living/ Eating

If you are traveling to the UK to study then you may want to look at the average prices for rent in the towns or cities. Spareroom can help you find a room to stay with other flatmates similar to you.

On the other hand, you can use Airbnb to look for accommodations provided by hosts. They offer a cheaper and cost-effective way for short-stays than hotels. You can also use B&B (Bed and Breakfast) accommodations that are also relatively cheap. If you are a solo traveler then hostels are recommended for you as you can meet other people similar to you. However, always ask for advice when traveling alone and be careful when staying in an unknown location on your own.

You should also be prepared to pay more in certain cities such as London and rather than eating out all the time, you may choose to buy and cook your own food if you have the facilities. If you are eating out in London then be aware that there may be a service charge incurring.

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

 

Shopping

One of UK’s cheapest retailer is Primark and you can buy clothing there rather than bigger brands that cost ten times more. Remember if you are a student then you can use your student card to get discounts. Don’t forget that you can also get a tax refund from many shops so that can save you more money! Finally, we recommend that you should avoid tourist shops. Although they have a lot of cultural/ iconic items to purchase, their prices tend to be more expensive.

 

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
https://connect.hellouni.world/signup?code=ZH23ZXE9

What to do if you don’t know where to study?

What to do if you don’t know where to study?

Following the requests from our users, Hellouni provides some tips on what do if you don’t know where to study!

 

Consider what you enjoyed at school


With a wide range of school subjects available in school, you may have one particular subject that you enjoyed the most. If that is the area you are interested in then why not choose that as a course in University?

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

Take note of what grades you achieved in exams


You may have a few subjects that you have done particularly well in. You could progress into university studying those subjects based on the grades you have achieved thanks to your hard work!

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

Have a specific career in mind


If you already know which career you want to pursue in, then all you need to do is to find out which university degree you need. In the UK, it is not imperative for graduates to work in a field related to their degree. This mean graduate can work in another industry that does not relate to the degree they earned. Therefore, if you have achieved your degree but do not want to work in that area, then you can take your degree and work in a completely different field! 

What to do if you don't know where to study?

Attend Open days


Going to Open days is a good idea to find out more about those universities that you are interested in the study. For many of these universities in the UK, you will need to book in advance to secure your place. As each university are different, their dates for their Open days are unlikely to be on the same date! So check on their university website to find out more. Remember to take the opportunity to ask the staffs about any questions you have in mind.

 

 

Read course content


If you have doubt about which courses you should study then you should read the course content available on university websites or prospectuses. It will tell you what you will be studying in that course during your 3-4 years in university. You should also research into it by asking people on forums if you want to know more, ask ambassadors of the university, or speak to a friend or family members.

What to do if you don't know where to study?

Location


The location of the university could be one important factor to consider when deciding where to study. Furthermore, the decision to apply for a specific university could be based on what to university is famous for. Search on the web to find out which university you could study in near you or try out our app for free to see which university suits you!

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

It is okay to feel unsure of what you want to do or where to study. Many people experience the same thing as you do. Just remember to ask for help and talk to someone who has the knowledge to help you to make the right decision.

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
https://connect.hellouni.world/signup?code=ZH23ZXE9

Tips for sightseeing in the UK

Tips for sightseeing in the UK

While there are many iconic places to visit in the UK, Hellouni team focused on the cities we know best: Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London. These places provide a unique experience to anyone thinking of coming to the UK to travel. However, they are also an exciting destination to study abroad. Therefore, here we present tips for sightseeing in the UK!

Visit Scotland: Glasgow

In the heart of Glasgow, there are many museums that you can visit within walking distance:

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Ranging from the natural history of prehistoric animals, Ancient Egypt collection and Scottish history and archaeology to Scottish Art and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, you will find a vast and extensive display of different themes.

Riverside Museum
With an impressive exterior appearance and housing over 3,000 objects for display such as the world’s finest cars, ship models, and locomotives, this transport museum will impress visitors of all ages.

Hunterian Museum (at University of Glasgow)
Known as Scotland’s oldest public museum, the museum displays a diverse collection of archaeology, zoology, and geology etc. 

People’s Palace and Winter Garden
The People’s Palace displays a collection of historical artifacts, photographs, prints and film which tells the story of how people lived in Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Moreover, you can take a stroll in the beautiful Winter Garden with the view of exotic palms and plants.

The Lighthouse
A visitor center with various ongoing exhibitions and events that promotes design and architecture. Nevertheless, It is also the ideal place to start your Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

 

Edinburgh

As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh hosts many attractions that are well known to the public. While there is the Scottish Parliament, Scots Monument, and the Scottish National Galleries, there are also many other places for sightseeing that are enjoyable for any visitors coming to the city:

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh castle is one of the tops must-see places as it locates closely to the busy center of the city. Its’ rich history, a collection of treasured items and greatest guns of medieval Europe boasts to be one iconic destination that you must not give a miss!

Ghost tours

For those who want to embark on a thrilling adventure, the ghostly tours at the Underground Vaults is the tour right for you. In addition, it is one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, therefore you may be lucky enough to see the restless spirits right before your own eyes.

 

Visit England: London

Despite being the capital city of the UK, London is also the leading tourist destination in the world. With so many sightseeing locations in London, where do you start? Well, rest assure as we give you 10 attractions on our bucket list:

  1. Big Ben
  2. London Eye
  3. Buckingham Palace (N.B. Must book in advance)
  4. The Shard (N.B. It is cheaper in the morning)
  5. Harry Potter Studio Tours
  6. Madame Tussauds
  7. The Tower of London
  8. London Bridge and Tower Bridge
  9. The British Museum
  10. West End Shows

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
https://connect.hellouni.world/signup?code=ZH23ZXE9

Going Global 2017

The theme of this year’s Going Global Conference is ‘Global cities: connecting talent, driving change’. I wanted to share with you some of our favourite global cities at HelloUni and their efforts to connect talent and drive innovative change.

London, UK

A hub of transnational education

No. of Universities:  40

Population: 8.6M

Student Population: 400,000

 

Glasgow, UK

Our HQ and where hellouni was founded

No. of Universities: 3

Population: 603,080

Student Population: 67,000

 

Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Hellouni is now on the ground in China with our Shenzen office

No. of Universities: 13

Population: 21M

Student Population: 90,000

 

We polled our international student community of 40,000 students around the world on the 2 key themes of Going Global:

To what degree does location affect a prospective applicant’s choice of university?

Are megacities posing challenges for Higher Education institutions?

 

Check out their feedback below:

 

                            

Going Global is an exceptional opportunity for hellouni to connect with colleagues in Higher Education and share all the progress we are making. We hope you found the event as interesting as we did!

See you next May in Kuala Lumpur for Going Global 2018!

 

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

Sometimes it’s hard to decide between the ease of studying while living at home vs the freedom of studying somewhere else. As a person who has studied both at home (in Glasgow) and away (in London), I’m here to tell you a few of the pros and cons of each.

 

 

Food

Home – It goes without saying a home cooked food is amazing! Being at home means you can spend more time on other stuff like studying and going out rather than having to worry about food shopping and cooking.

Away – On the other side, living away from home means you get to decide to eat what you want when you want. You can also improve your cooking skills and have a lot of fun discovering new favorite recipes.

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

 

Nightlife

Home – “Where are you going?” “What time are you back?” “You need to be up tomorrow for lectures”. Sometimes living at home means question time every time you even mention that you’re thinking of going out. A morning-after cup of tea in bed can make up for this though!

Away – Living away from home = flat parties. After a while, however, the novelty will wear off and you will get sick of the cleaning up. The flat always looks messier the morning after!

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

 

Chores

Home – You really do take for granted everything that is done for you before you move out. You might moan about having to clean your room/hoover every so often but as the saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone”.

Away – Bathroom, Kitchen, Living room, Bedroom…The number of rooms that you have to clean significantly increases and as does your time spent on cleaning. This can seem like quite a task, but cleaning with the help of a flatmate can be fun and you can have a flat you can be proud of showing your parents/friends when they come to visit!

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

 

Timekeeping

Home – At home, you have an extra alarm clock in the form of a parent. If you say you’re going to get up for that lecture, there is no hope of you changing your mind and sleeping in instead.

Away – How did you accidentally turn off the alarm again?! Relying only on yourself to get up for morning lectures, get places on time and leaving enough time in the day for chores and cooking can be a bit of an adjustment.

Studying While Living at Home vs Living Away

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
https://connect.hellouni.world/signup?code=ZH23ZXE9

Top Five Underrated Cities for Students in the UK

Top Five Underrated Cities for Students in the UK

Everyone is familiar with the UK’s capital city. Moreover, everyone knows London for iconic Big Ben, red telephone boxes and black cabs. Nevertheless, the city is also a hub of entertainment and live music. In addition, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Manchester are amongst other popular tourist and student destinations. However, Britain has sixty-two cities which is a large number for the size of the country. Some of these underrated cities for students provide a great living experience.

 

Leeds

This city in West Yorkshire, England, has consistently been named as one of the top five most livable cities in the UK. Nevertheless, it is an ascetically pleasing place with classic architecture and scenic gardens and views not far from the center. Therefore, if you decide to study there, make sure you do not forget to see the stunning places to visit. These include Gledhow Valley Lake, Woodhouse Ridge woodlands, and Roundhay Park. Surprisingly, this park is actually one of the biggest parks in Europe.

 

Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a thriving student city in the north of Scotland. Moreover, Aberdeen is also home to the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. The ‘granite city’ resides by the sea, and really does provide the best of both worlds in terms of city living and rural areas. The beach is beautiful on a summer day and Dunnottar Castle and Seaton Park are other notable close getaways. In addition, some of the best student pubs include Siberia and Campus, and Underground, Nox and Institute. If all this was not enough, Aberdeen’s proximity to the highlands can make all your Scottish Highlands dreams come true.

 

York

In North East England lies York, a city founded by the ancient Romans. From its Gothic Cathedral to museums and restaurants, there is no shortage of things to see and do.  Nevertheless, York offers beauty and culture with which few cities can compare. It is only two hours north of London which means it will not break the bank to take a day trip to the big city.

 

Belfast

The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, is sometimes put aside in favor of Dublin which is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is home to the well known Queen’s University Belfast among others. Nevertheless, the arts and entertainment are prominent in Belfast. Therefore, there is always somewhere to have fun after a long study session. The beauty of Ireland can easily be explored with city center of Belfast as a base.

 

Bristol

The last and probably most surprising on this list is Bristol in South West England. Furthermore, a city is Home to the University of Bristol, UWE Bristol, and City of Bristol College. In addition, Bristol is the perfect place for the creative, with street art and festivals in abundance. Perhaps more low-key and slower paced than some of the other cities on this list, the city has many independent coffee shops and bakeries as well as parks and open spaces. Visit the beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Tower, and the waterfront.

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

how to apply online for UK student visa
https://connect.hellouni.world/signup?code=ZH23ZXE9