Life in UK

Life in UK

Hello everyone, my name is Anthony and I am here to provide free advice and guidance to International Students that come all the way to UK for studying.  I have known many Chinese students and they when they first arrive in UK, many are very worried about their studies here.  uk flagBelow is a list of frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions that are not covered, please do not hesitate to contact me at service@proofessor.co.uk I can give any advice from questions about essays, life in universities, money etc.

What do I need to bring before coming to the UK?

The most essential item is of course your passport and letter from your university confirming your place of study in the UK.  You may need to show this to the custom officers when you arrive in the UK.  I have been told by my many students that they are asked to bring rice cookers or lots of passport photos.  These are not necessary as they are sold in UK.  If you are unsure, feel free to email us and ask for advice!

Questions about shopping

In UK, it is commonly cheaper to buy over the Internet than on the high street stores.  The following may be useful and please note I am not being paid to publish their websites as these are my own opinion

www.amazon.co.uk – Everything you ever need, books, electronics, DVDs, computers etc.

www.eBuyer.co.uk – This website is focused on electronics and computers.

Sometimes, Amazon does a better deal so remember to compare the prices!

Supermarkets – Famous supermarket for your food shopping include Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose.  For cheaper alternatives, you can also find Poundlands (where everything is £1), Iceland, Co-op.  You can normally find one near you.

How do I go from my place to XXX place?

Go to the website http://maps.google.co.uk/maps and type in the street name.  However, in UK, there are a lot of similar street names such as “Station Approach” or “High Street”.  For best results, type in the actual postcode which is normally a combination of letters and numbers like “HA4 6UN”, UB8 1UW”.

What is VAT and can I claim it back?

VAT stands for “Value Added Tax” and it is charged on most items that you purchase in the United Kingdom.  The current rate is 20% which means that if an item costs £1200, £200 out of that is VAT!

All International Students can reclaim their VAT back when they leave the country.  When you arrive in this country, make sure you keep your receipt of purchase!  Remember, some items such as food and books do not have VAT.  When you get your receipt, it should tell you the VAT that you have paid.

Life in UK

Hello everyone, my name is Anthony and I am here to provide free advice and guidance to International Students that come all the way to UK for studying.  I have known many Chinese students and they when they first arrive in UK, many are very worried about their studies here.  uk flagBelow is a list of frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions that are not covered, please do not hesitate to contact me at service@proofessor.co.uk I can give any advice from questions about essays, life in universities, money etc.

What do I need to bring before coming to the UK?

The most essential item is of course your passport and letter from your university confirming your place of study in the UK.  You may need to show this to the custom officers when you arrive in the UK.  I have been told by my many students that they are asked to bring rice cookers or lots of passport photos.  These are not necessary as they are sold in UK.  If you are unsure, feel free to email us and ask for advice!

Questions about shopping

In UK, it is commonly cheaper to buy over the Internet than on the high street stores.  The following may be useful and please note I am not being paid to publish their websites as these are my own opinion

www.amazon.co.uk – Everything you ever need, books, electronics, DVDs, computers etc.

www.eBuyer.co.uk – This website is focused on electronics and computers.

Sometimes, Amazon does a better deal so remember to compare the prices!

Supermarkets – Famous supermarket for your food shopping include Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose.  For cheaper alternatives, you can also find Poundlands (where everything is £1), Iceland, Co-op.  You can normally find one near you.

How do I go from my place to XXX place?

Go to the website http://maps.google.co.uk/maps and type in the street name.  However, in UK, there are a lot of similar street names such as “Station Approach” or “High Street”.  For best results, type in the actual postcode which is normally a combination of letters and numbers like “HA4 6UN”, UB8 1UW”.

What is VAT and can I claim it back?

VAT stands for “Value Added Tax” and it is charged on most items that you purchase in the United Kingdom.  The current rate is 20% which means that if an item costs £1200, £200 out of that is VAT!

All International Students can reclaim their VAT back when they leave the country.  When you arrive in this country, make sure you keep your receipt of purchase!  Remember, some items such as food and books do not have VAT.  When you get your receipt, it should tell you the VAT that you have paid.