Life In London
Your UK arrival checklist!
Moving to the UK will be a change but also a big and exciting one.
To make sure you can focus on enjoying this time, rather than worrying about it, we've prepared a simple checklist of things you have to sort out at the beginning of your stay in the UK. Make a note of your first steps...
Register with GP
Let's hope that you never need to visit your GP, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Check out this article on the NHS (National Health Service) website - it tells you everything you need to know about registering. Some GP practices are willing to come and register students in the hall, but if it's not possible, you can look up where the closest one is here. The registration process is very easy and it will not take long. You may be invited to come for a health check before you are able to book regular appointments.
Open a bank account.
We have a whole article about opening a bank account, so check it out to make everything a little bit easier. It makes sense to get one and set it up ASAP. It will simplify your life and if you're an undergrad student, you will get to use it for at least the next 3 years.
Apply for the International Student Identity Card.
Students get discounts... and we love them! But to make sure you can get discounted cinema and train tickets in London (or any other UK country), you might need an ISIC card. It is internationally recognised proof of your student status. You can either apply directly on the ISIC website or on the TOTUM website (NUS) where you can get a combo of TOTUM and ISIC card. TOTUM card is widely used in the UK; they partner with a lot of merchants and offer a lot of national discounts.
Figure out a cheap way to call home.
If you can use Whatsapp, Facebook Messanger or FaceTime then this is easy. However, things get slightly complicated if you want to call a family member who doesn't use a smartphone!
(Before you start, read our article about choosing a mobile provider for more details.)
Skype offers a pay as you go service and different subscriptions that cover mobiles and landlines in many different countries. There's an app so it's a lot like making a normal call from your smartphone. Another similar app that will let you do the same thing is Viber. Depending on where you'd like to call you would have to check which service offers the best value for money.
We hope you LOVE your time in the UK and you have a happy life in London!
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