Student Life in the UK

Studying abroad is not just about gaining qualifications. Student life gives you a unique opportunity to broaden your experiences as well as your mind.

A vibrant social life is very much part of the UK student experience. Most universities are affiliated to the National Union of Students and offer subsidised bars, as well as the chance to create or join interest or sport clubs. International students often form societies offering food, films and speakers relating to their national or cultural backgrounds.

Long vacations, budget fares and student discounts combine to make student travel an opportunity not to be missed. The UK has an outstanding array of hip cities and natural landscapes, so whatever your preference, go visit it! And with continental Europe on your doorstep, you’ll never be short of a fresh destination.

Want to become involved in UK Cultural life?
The UK’s culture and history is one of the richest in Europe. Take some time out from the library and find out what is going on in your university town. We provide you with a directory of websites to help you track down the experiences that interest you.

Want to travel during your studies?
UK students have the freedom to explore their world. We tell you how to travel around the UK and provide a comprehensive guide to student travel connections to Europe. And we give you an invaluable directory of budget and student travel services to help you plan your adventures.

Want to hear more about student life in the UK from other international students?
Who better to tell you about studying in the UK than current students? We’d like to hear about your student experiences. If you have stories or photos that you’d like to share then email them to us to include in our student community page.

UK Culture
Top 100 Questions Answered
Are there certain things you’ve always wondered about the UK? Like why do the British love tea so much, and why do Scottish men wear skirts? Click here for the fascinating answers to 100 of the most common and more interesting questions about the UK.

Useful links:

Culture Lab UK is a guide to style, culture and technology in the UK from the British Council.London Pass provides free entry to over 60 attractions, free public transport, £5 worth of free telephone calls, commission-free currency exchange, discount offers and lets you beat the queues and save after just two attractions.

London Pass provides free entry to over 60 attractions, free public transport, £5 worth of freetelephone calls, commission-free currency exchange, discount offers and lets you beat the queues and save after just two attractions.

Streetmap provides detailed address searching and street map facilities for the UK. You can search by postcode, place, grid reference and telephone code. Print off maps to save lugging an A to Z around.

This is London is a comprehensive guide to the UK capital covering everything from sport, weather, day’s out, fashion to dating, and lots more.

As well as providing a comprehensive guide to UK cities Time Out provides guides for continental and global cities. The guides are especially useful for anyone looking for a city break.

The UK Pub Guide is Britain’s biggest pub guide and tells which pubs are the best to visit and explains pub culture. And visit you should, because the pub has been at the heart of UK culture for centuries and it looks set to stay that way.

Visit Britain is your official travel guide to the UK. Click on ‘Practical Information’ for fact files on planning your trip and making the most of your stay once you’re in the UK.

What’s On has a simple to use search engine that will find films, gigs, theatre and other special events on in or near wherever you are in the UK.

Student Travel
Student travel is the perfect way to make the most of the freedom and flexibility of your university years. You can take advantage of student travel discounts to explore the UK and Europe during vacation time or even at the weekends.

This guide to student travel in the UK aims to give you information on how to get to the UK at the start of your course, and will also give an indication of the opportunities for national and international student travel during your studies.

To use this guide, simply click on the headings below:

Student Travel to the UK
Where to stay when you arrive in the UK
Student travel in the UK
Student Air Travel – Internal flights within the UK
Student Air Travel – External flights to and from the UK
Student Rail Travel
Student Coach Travel
Car Hire
Ferry and Boat Travel
Student Travel Directory

Don’t forget that and its sister site offer student discounts on budget accommodation across the UK as well as some European destinations. For current prices and availabilities on please click here


Fun in the UK

The United Kingdom is a well-developed country for tourism. Information Centres are everywhere and provide simple maps, transportation information, tourist sites, accommodation booking services, etc.

Apart from well known destinations such as Cambridge, Oxford, the Highlands of Scotland, Edinburgh, Wales and Lake District, you can also find plenty of museums and country houses dotted all over the UK that are free or charge a nominal sum. Don’t forget the musicals and theatre especially in London and to really get to know the British, visit a pub or take in some of the famous night life. There is always something to do in the UK!


Pubs are at the heart of British culture. Many people go to the pub for a quiet social drink with friends. You don’t need to drink alcohol to go to the pub, and you certainly don’t need to get drunk. Whether it is a quiet country pub, or busier ones in towns and cities, visiting a pub is a great way to get to know the UK and its people.


Night Clubs

The UK has a vibrant and dynamic club scene. You will find any style of music you want, and will be able to spend as much or as little money as you want! There are many underground places where you can check out up and coming DJs, or you can see the biggest names on the international club scene.


Live Music

Live music in the UK is the best in the world. New bands and the biggest name bands from all over the world will be playing regularly, just take your pick! As the UK is easy to travel around, it is easy for you to get to see all the bands that you want.


Music Festivals

Festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading are world famous and an amazing place to see a huge variety of bands and other performances over a long weekend.



Britain is famous for its shops, whether you are after brand names or bargains, you will be able to find it in the UK. You can find great deals at certain times of year, such as the January Sales, and you will be amazed at the huge variety of shopping destinations.


Shows and Musicals

The shows and musicals that the UK has to offer can rival any in the world. There is a huge variety of productions available to you, the hardest thing will be choosing which one to go to!


Historical Britain

With a long and rich history, Britain has so many attractions to offer that it is impossible for you to visit them all. Country houses, castles, Roman ruins, palaces and more are found all around the UK. They are usually very reasonably priced, and joining an organisation such as the National Trust will allow you to visit many attractions for free.


Galleries and Museums

Places like the Tate Modern and the British Museum are both renowned around the world and free for you to visit. The UK also has a wealth of other galleries and museums ready to make your stay a rewarding cultural experience.



There is a huge variety of restaurants available in the UK, offering food at an equally huge variety of prices. Curry is the most common food that people eat at restaurants, but you can easily find good food from all over the world. Remember though that eating at restaurants in the UK will be more expensive than you are used to in your home country.


Trips around the UK

There are so many things to do around the UK that it is important you take the time to explore this fascinating country. Great transport links and cheap Bed&Breakfasts mean that weekend trips are cheap to do and easy to organise. Stay in touch with your classmates and other students you meet in Go2uK, they may be staying in a city you would like to visit!


Trips around Europe

The UK is only a short flight away from France, Spain, Italy and many other beautiful European countries. Cheap airlines like easyjet and Ryan Air, as well as cheap hostel accommodation make weekend trips to Europe an exciting part of your time in the UK.


The Great Outdoors

Many parts of the UK have breathtaking scenery that is both free to enjoy and easy to get to. More adventurous people can take their own equipment and go hiking for several days, others can take a gentle stroll along a well marked footpath.



Football, rugby, tennis, cricket, squash, badminton, snooker and pool were all invented in the UK. British people love sport, and you will be able to take part in, or go and see the games you like, when you like. Universities offer good chances for you to join sporting teams, and this is a great way to meet people.


If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.