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Top tips for studying in the UK as an Indian student

Top tips for studying in the UK as an Indian student

by Newcastle University

We asked our India team to tell us their top tips for prospective Indian students. From Indian grocery stores to building a community, find all the information you need to make your new life as a student in the UK a success.

Relocating to the UK is a big decision, and it’s normal to want to know what to expect before you arrive.

Here are our top tips for studying in the UK as an Indian student.


1. Get to know your roommates 

Moving away from your family to build a life in the UK can be scary. By building a community, you will find friendship and a support system. 

Get to know your roommates by starting conversations with them, or having dinner with your international flatmates. 

Don’t feel disappointed if you don’t click with your roommates right away, friendships take time to grow! And you will also make plenty of friends on your course, and if you join any societies.  


2. Make the most of student discounts across the city 

As a student in the UK, you get access to lots of benefits. One of these benefits is you can enjoy food, clothes, public transport and a number of events at a discounted price! 

Newcastle is ranked among the UK's top 10 most affordable cities by QS Best Student Cities 2022, so, with the discounted rates and already cheap cost of living, Newcastle University is a great investment for international students.  


3. Find well-stocked Indian grocery stores  

The UK is a diverse place with a wide range of restaurants and shops to suit people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  

In Newcastle, areas such as Fenham and West Road offer well-stocked Indian grocery stores, where you can find all your usual home comforts.  

However, you will also be able to find your basic Indian food essentials in local supermarkets! 


4. Make the most of a UK university 

UK universities are some of the best in the world with degrees that are designed to make sure you don’t leave university as just a graduate, but as a highly employable young professional.  

Make the most of studying at a UK university by taking initiative and getting in touch with the careers service, joining societies and more.  

These aren’t just great ways to make friends and expand your CV, but they’re the perfect opportunity to start building a network of contacts for when you enter the working world.  


5. Ask for help as soon as you need it  

Every student needs help at some point in their university journey.  

Whether you’re struggling with your essay writing, don’t quite understand your assignment or maybe you’re just feeling lonely and struggling to adjust to life in the UK, ask your professors and supervisors for support.  

Here at Newcastle, we have a free writing development centre for those wanting to perfect their essay-writing skills. We also have a dedicated wellbeing team who offer 1-2-1 counselling sessions, a 24/7 TalkCampus service, wellbeing workshops and more.  


6. Don’t over-pack 

When you move to a new country, it’s easy to think ‘more is better’ and fill your suitcase. This is especially the case when it comes to moving to the UK, where the weather can be unpredictable.  

But don’t be tempted to bring too many woollens. You can easily shop for them once you have arrived, and the cost of clothes in the UK is very similar to India.  

This will make packing and travelling much less stressful. 


7. Don’t isolate yourself  

The UK and India are two very different places. It’s normal for you to need time to adjust to life in the UK. 

But try to be open-minded. Explore the UK, interact with different cultures and learn about the history of where you’re living.  

The value of studying abroad is it not only builds your confidence, but it’s also an unforgettable life experience. So don’t be shy about stepping out of your comfort zone, trying new things and mixing with other students who you can learn from and grow with.  


8. Look after your health  

University is full of lots of fun and exciting experiences, but it can also be challenging at times -  especially when you have exams or assignments.  

As an international student, you have the extra challenge of getting used to a new climate! 

This can take its toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. So, if ever you need to, be sure to make the most of your university’s wellbeing services.


9. Visit places of worship with the South Asian community 

The UK is a country that respects different belief systems. Just because you’re moving to the UK, doesn’t mean you have to be without a safe space to worship and reconnect.  

Visiting places of worship is another perfect opportunity to find a community and support system within the UK.  

In Newcastle, you will find a Hindu temple and a Sikh Temple on West Road, and there’s even a mosque on the Newcastle University campus 

10. Don’t leave your coursework to the last minute

Every student is guilty of misjudging a deadline, or thinking they can write a well-formed essay in a day. It happens! 

But do your best to avoid this by staying on top of your deadlines.  

As soon as coursework is assigned, make a plan of how and when you can work on it. It doesn’t have to be right away, but having a plan in place and setting your own personal goals will help you keep on track. 

 11. Covid-19

Although most Covid-19 restrictions for England lifted in July 2021, we know how quickly things can change. If the public health situation deteriorates and restrictions need to tighten, our Outbreak Response Plan and the steps we’ve put in place will make sure our students have a safe and fulfilling university experience. More information is available here.

We hope you have found this blog post useful. Moving to the UK is a huge decision, and it’s natural to feel a little nervous, as well as excited. Here at Newcastle University, we value our Indian students, the contributions they make to our academic community and their ambitions. If you have any questions about moving to the UK, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team