We’re so excited to welcome you to Birmingham as a postgraduate student! We hope that being part of the Guild of Students and studying in our beautiful city will be an exciting time for you – but we understand there may be some challenges along the way. Here are some things to remember as you prepare for life here at Birmingham:
Global Buddies is a buddying scheme that supports International Students to settle in to life at the University of Birmingham and meet new friends from around the globe. Established students offer their time as buddies – who can help you meet others and make the most of University activities. The scheme also offers peer to peer support, regular social events and trips to local attractions. Find out more here.
The International Students’ Advisory Service can provide you with information on applying for your visa, including detailed advice on UKBA requirements. Find out more.
Registering with a doctor
Depending on your course of study or agreements with your country, you may be eligible for free healthcare through the National Health Service. If not, you will need to take out health insurance.
Once you arrive in the UK, you should register with a doctor and a dentist, so you can access healthcare as soon as you need it. You can ask for a female doctor if you prefer, and you’ll need to show your University enrolment letter. Find a local doctor or dentist here.
Help and support regarding mental health and sexual health services can be found on the Guild Advice website.
Opening a bank account
When you register for your course and collect your student ID card, you’ll receive a letter from the University to help you open a bank account. There are a number of high street banks available who can offer you a range of accounts to suit your needs. On campus, there is a Santander branch located in the Guild of Students and a Barclay’s branch in University centre.
UKCISA have developed a dedicated International Student Calculator to help you plan your budget whilst studying in the UK.