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Tips for Studying In Europe: What You Need To Know
Moving to the UK to study was easily the best thing I’ve ever done. A life changing experience, the leap of faith is a chance I took that I will never regret. From the new culture, to the new people and new food, the complete contrast in lifestyle broadened my mind and opened me up to experiences I’ve never even though about. Whilst I can’t recommend this highly enough (from an educational as well as an amazing experience), aside from all of the excitement, there are a few serious things you need to consider before studying abroad to make sure you don’t face any issues and can thoroughly enjoy your time. Most of these things may seem trivial but many don’t think of them, so put your map aside and read these tips to make your time abroad as easy and enjoyable as possible. These are the things I wish I’d of know so this is sort of a highlight to help you on your way to do things even better than I did!

Set a Weekly Budget

Before you travel over there, research the area and come up with an average spend each week. Create a spreadsheet and break your costs down into categories like food, travel, study costs, going out and unexpected costs and create yourself a weekly budget. This way, you can see how much money you will need to be coming in and this will help you control your outgoings too. It will be very easy to get carried away in the first few weeks and compromise the rest of your time, so start early and you’ll be surprised how far a small budget can go.

Transport

Depending on the location of your studies, looking into a monthly bus pass or train pass could be very beneficial. The odd pound here and there won’t seem like much, but if you add it up over time you’ll realise how much you can save if you do splash out and spend a bit more initially. When travelling around, try to leave your important travel documents at home. Passports and other important documents should stay hidden away, as you will have some serious issues trying to get them back when abroad. The last thing you want when travelling is to be on the phone to immigration solicitors when you should be taking in the sights – something I unfortunately had to do!

Invest In A Guidebook

I understand this may seem old fashioned, but you really can’t underestimate the power of a good hand book. Available online, one of these will provide you with a variety of little tips that you never would have known; the best restaurants, the cheapest shops, the nicest tourist spots and the best walks. As you’re going highlight the different places you’ve visited and you can keep this as a memory forever.

Prepare

Being prepared before you go will help you settle into your new environment so much better. Buy enough mini toiletries to last you a few days and you will save lots of space and weight in your suitcase. Make sure to research average weather patterns to be ready for any eventuality. If you think it’s going to be difficult to purchase everything you need in your own country, make a list so you’re completely ready to get everything you need when you arrive.

Embrace The Unknown

Although it may be tempting to research your new home in detail before you go, try to hold back and just explore it all when you get there. Put a couple of days aside to look around, use your guidebook, find out about surrounding areas and just immerse yourself in the new culture you’re now apart of. Maybe learn a word or two in their language before you head off, but leave yourself to learn as you go; don’t be afraid to make mistakes just learn from them!

Moving to a completely new place to learn is scary, but it will be an experience you will never forget. Be confident, use your common sense and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. For me, I went, got my education and in that very immigration company I sought help from, my degree has now led me to a position providing help to those who want to follow in my footsteps so I can’t recommend it highly enough… so… what are you waiting for!
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