Moving away from your country and culture is a big step but don't worry, we're here to help you!
Life in the UK is going to be different to what you're used to - there are things British people do that we don't even understand ourselves...
This breakdown will make it easier for you to settle in, and help you understand aspects of British life:
- Be prepared to queue
Not sure why, but we have queues for everything. You'll be waiting in line at the bank, at the bus stop, in a shopping centre or for a public toilet. God forbid you try to push in - we won't argue with you though, probably just roll our eyes or tut instead...
- Those 4 important little words...
Please, thank you and sorry! Us British people are wary of our manners and making sure we are being polite, sometimes over polite. We tend to apologise even when not in the wrong too. For example, if you bump into a British person they will probably say sorry before you do. Weird!
- We constantly talk about the weather
It's definitely up there with the most common British conversation starters, mainly because it's very unpredictable. The majority of the time it's raining or cloudy so when the sun comes out - it's a pretty big deal and we won't stop going on about it!
- So. Many. Accents.
If your only experience of hearing British people speak is watching Harry Potter or Downtown Abbey, you'll be in for a shock. Every county in the UK has a different accent but being at university means you'll hear a mixture every single day, so it's good experience.
- Tea for everyone!
Tea is pretty much life in Britain. It's the ultimate comfort and will help no matter your mood or the weather. Unless you're pretty confident that you make a cracking cuppa, don't offer to make any because there is a constant battle for the 'perfect' tea.
- Are we being serious or sarcastic?
The British sense of humour is one of a kind. We are very sarcastic and sometimes it's hard to understand if we're joking around or not. You'll soon pick it up and if not just use a polite, fake laugh.
- British grub
Some traditional foods may seem a bit strange at first but visit your local pub to sample some. Some favourites are roast dinners, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, toad in the hole and of course a full English breakfast.