It is an island country located just off the coast of the continent of Europe. The UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel, Irish Sea and the North Sea and connects to France through the Channel Tunnel. The UK is a unitary state and constitutional monarchy made up of four countries – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
England consists of lowland terrain and mountainous terrain. England contributes the largest urban population of the United Kingdom. Scotland consists of Highlands to the north and west and Lowlands to the south and east. Glasgow and Edinburgh are the two metropolitan cities of Scotland. Wales makes up most of the mountainous regions of the UK. Northern Ireland mainly composes hilly areas.
The UK is a highly developed country. It was the first industrialized country with currently the world’s sixth largest economy. The indigenous people were historically descendants from the Anglo-Saxons, Celts, Normans, Norse and Romans. Today, the UK is known to have a multicultural environment and diversified society with the influx of immigration of people from around the world. Among all the different ethnic groups, English is the most spoken language in the country.
Why Study in the UK?
The UK is a popular choice for overseas students due to its geographical location, reasonable climate, diverse ethnic groups and culture and its high standard of education, making it a secure environment to live and study.
Over 104,000 international students move to study in the UK every year; this may be due to the fact that the UK has been one of the top destinations for higher education for international students.
The United Kingdom experiences a temperate climate with rainfall throughout the year. The temperature changes with the season, but is usually pleasant all year round.
England – The weather temperatures are not much lower than 0 °C in winter in February and not much higher than 32 °C in summer in July.
Scotland – The weather is usually chilly, misty and windy. The winter months have the least amount of sunshine and are usually cold and drizzly, accompanied by snow.
Wales – Welsh weather is often cloudy, wet and windy, with warm summers and mild winters. The temperatures raise high in the summer ranging between 19 °C and 22 °C and drop sharply during the winter usually staging above freezing.
Northern Ireland – The weather is unpredictable at all times of the year. Average daytime maximums are 6.5 °C in January and 17.5 °C in July.
- Light and Medium wear for the Summer
- Warmer clothes for areas with high grounds and for winters
- Waterproof Clothes and umbrella for rainy days, all year round
- National Costume is recommended for festivities
Shopping & Dining
- Shops are open every day of the week – 9:00 A.M to 5:30 P.M, Monday to Saturday and 11:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M on Sundays
- Thursdays generally has extended working hours until 8:00 P.M
- Shopping in departmental shops are the norm in big cities, while shopping at antique and craft shops are a norm in the suburbs
- Shopping areas are open from 11:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M on Bank Holidays
- Large supermarkets are open 24 hours, except on Sundays
- Supermarkets and superstores are open from 8:00 A.M to 10:00 P.M, Monday to Saturday and 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M on Sundays
- Halal food stores are available
- Restaurants have flexible timings and are usually open late
- Fish and chips, Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and Haggis are few of the native cuisine that is a must try
- English cream tea is a must try – having scones, jam, butter, clotted or double cream and tea
Travel & Transportation
- Buses, rail, ferry, trams and the ‘tube’ (subway) are the easiest travel methods in the city
- Affordable rail and bus transportation between the different countries
- Walking and Cycling shorter distances are easier ways to get around the place
- Cheap flights available to the European countries
- Student fares are available
- Taxis are expensive