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Living in the UK

Depending on where in the world you are arriving from, life in the UK may seem very different to what you are used to. This is sometime called 'culture shock' and is a perfectly normal reaction to moving abroad.

This simple guide should help to give you an idea of what will need to be considered as part of your move, helping you settle in as quickly and comfortably as possible.

It covers essential topics like accommodation and banking, as well as things you may not have considered like climate, communications and emergency support.

Unless you've already planned and booked your accommodation at the time of starting your studies, we recommend you have accommodation for the first week of your stay in the UK.

Please note that the Southampton International Boat Show usually takes place mid-September. Southampton is very busy at this time and hotel accommodation is impossible to find unless you have made prior arrangements. You can find more information about events happening in the city, as well as hotel accommodation at the Southampton Tourist Information Centre:

Further information on student accommodation can be found in our accommodation section, which also includes accommodation in the private sector.

'Right to Rent' Act implemented

Since February 2016, international students who do not live in halls of residence or in purpose-built student accommodation have to prove their immigration status to their landlord to show that they have the 'right to rent'.

Find out more about the right to rent act, and what this means

Council tax

Council tax is a property-based tax set by local authorities (councils) in England, Scotland and Wales to help pay for services that they provide, such as libraries, the police and fire brigade. If you live in University halls or a house occupied solely by full-time students, you'll be exempt from paying council tax. You can get a council tax exemption certificate from your school office once you have enrolled at the University.

Read more about council tax and international students

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