Accommodation Services would like to welcome you to the Uk and
Wolverhampton. This page is aimed at giving EU and
International students a brief guide to help you settle into your
new surroundings. If there is anything you cannot find on this page
please contact us for
Your first few weeks in Wolverhampton
will be an exciting time, with new places to discover, new people
to meet and a new culture to explore. As well as excitement, if you
have not spent a lot of time in the UK before, it is natural to
experience culture shock as you adapt to the differences from your
home country. After the initial exhilaration of your arrival, you
may at times feel homesick, confused or anxious, or crave familiar
surroundings. Understanding that you may experience these
feelings will help you to overcome them and adapt to life in
Once you’ve arrived, the more you join in
with University life, the more at home you are likely to feel. Here
are some suggestions for settling in successfully:
Counselling Service can provide support if you are finding
adjusting to life in Wolverhampton difficult.
You may find UK culture significantly
different to your home country. Some of the key features of British
society you will encounter at University include:
The cost of living in Wolverhampton is similar to other major UK
cities and how much you spend will depend on your lifestyle.
Accommodation Services offer you the
opportunity to purchase various items such as Bed Linen, towels and
kitchen utensils via the Accommodation Online Shop. This will save room
in your case’s for other items and will be in your room on
Prices are very different depending on
where you shop and what products you buy. Supermarkets often have
‘own-label’ brands which are cheaper than more recognised brands.
The shopping list below should give you an approximate idea of the
cost of basic products in the UK from a supermarket. Wolverhampton
has a variety of major supermarkets including ASDA, Sainsbury’s and
Tesco, cheaper supermarkets including Lidl and Aldi and premium
supermarkets such as Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.
See an example of 'My Weekly
This section is designed to answer your questions about
the practicalities of living away from home.
You can find out more about life in the UK
by getting in touch through our social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter etc).
Council Tax is a local government tax to
pay for public services (such as street lighting) and the amount
charged is determined by the value of your home. The majority of
students are exempt from paying council tax.
Full-time students registered for more than
six months are exempt from Council Tax, as are students living in
British electrify works on 230 volts and
most sockets take 13 amp fused plugs, with three square pins. If
you will be bringing your own electrical equipment with you, make
sure that it can be used safely on this voltage and find out
whether you will need an adaptor.
Smoking is not allowed in enclosed public
spaces like restaurants, lecture theatres, public transport and all
University accommodation, as well as some outdoor public spaces,
such as bus stops and train stations. You may be fined if you smoke
in these places, or anywhere else displaying a ‘No Smoking’
In the UK all televisions must be licensed.
There are various ways to purchase a license and the cost is
£145.50 a year for a colour TV or £49.00 a year for a black and
white TV. If you have a TV in your own room in accommodation you
will have to purchase your own separate licence. Please consult
website for further information.
British toilets are the flushing, pedestal
type. Toilet paper should be flushed away after use. Separate
facilities are usually available for disabled persons and for baby
Wolverhampton has a temperate climate, with
few extremes. Average summer temperatures of 15°C (59°F) and winter
temperatures of 4°C(39°F) are occasionally raised or lowered for a
week or two. Light rain falls on around half of the days of the
year, which can make it feel colder in winter. Despite this,
British weather can be unpredictable, and a rainy morning often
turns in a beautiful, clear blue day. For accurate weather
information please refer to the Met Office
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