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Life in the UK

Living in a different country is a great opportunity to learn about another culture but it can also be confusing! The following pages give you some essential advice for living in the UK and getting involved.

If you think we have missed any important information out or you would like to see another topic covered please let us know at sid@exeter.ac.uk

Cost Of Living

Living in the UK can be expensive but our handy breakdown of common expenses should help you to plan your budget.

Bank Accounts

Opening a UK bank account is one of the most important first steps when you arrive but it can be confusing for international students - follow this information and it should be easy.


Make sure that you know your healthcare entitlements as an international student.

Working During Your Studies

Most international students are allowed to work during their are studies but there are strict restrictions on the number of hours and the type of work that you do.

Driving In The UK

UK driving laws are strict and it's very common for international students to get them wrong - make sure that you know what you can and cannot do before you hit the road!

Getting Involved At the University of Exeter

The range of societies, activities, and cultural events is one of the best reasons for getting involved. Make sure you don't miss out on joining a society of like-minded people from around the world, or spending the weekend with a British family on a HOST visit.

Students With Families

Coming to the UK can be as exciting for your partner and children as it is for you, but there are important issues to consider when bringing your family with you.

Police registration

Some non-EEA nationals will need to register with the police within 7 days of arrival. This section explains the process for register with the Devon and Cornwall police.

Council Tax

Most full-time students are exempt from paying council tax but the rules are complicated and some students will be required to pay council tax at some point during their studies. Make sure you know your rights, particularly if you've received a bill in the post!

Your International News

There are always lots of things going on within the international community at the University of Exeter. 'Your international news' is published several times throughout the year with loads of information and advice for international students.