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in Birmingham Here is some practical advice on how to prepare for coming to the UK and how keep yourself safe while you are here, from West Midland Police Community Support Officer Tracey Pickering
s multicultural city, Birmingham offers diversity, so many foods, places and events going on. This is a city to EXPLORE! But, make sure your time in UK is safe and enjoyable. Living in the new environment, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your property whilst in here. West Midlands Police Officer works closely within the university and in connection with student union to ensure your safety at uni, home living, and even in a night club that you’re going to spend your weekend.
PC Tracey Pickering, West Midlands Police Officer covers BCU.
• Find out the information before you travel to the UK. Reassurance is the accommodation safe? You can do it by going directly to book from the university or student accommodation website. Speaking to another students who already have arrived to get information. • You have to purchase a lot of things when you first time arrive here. Set up a bank account so you don’t have to carry a huge amount of money everywhere.
• Don’t carry your passport and visa around at all time. Put them in a safe place. Student ID will be enough. • Don’t put all important thing in one box to reduce the risk of the lost. It’s going to be the first thing the robber look. • If you loose item, report to the police as a lost. If you have lost your passport, report it to the security service in the university to process it to the next stage.
Find out the advice on how to prepare for coming to the UK and how to keep yourself safe while you are here, from West Midland Police Community Support Officer Tracey Pickering •Find out the information before you travel to the UK. Reassurance is the accommodation safe?You can do it by going directly to book from the university or student accommodation website. Speaking to another students who already have arrived to get information. • You have to purchase a lot of things when you first time arrive here. Set up a bank account so you don’t have to carry a huge amount of money everywhere. • Don’t carry your passport and visa around at all time. Put them in a safe place. Student ID will be enough. • Don’t put all important thing in one box to reduce the risk of the lost. It’s going to be the first thing the robber look.
• If you loose item, report to the police as a lost. If you have lost your passport, report it to the security service in the university to process it to the next stage. • Visit www.immobilise.com It’s a free website to register your electronic devices and possession. This online checking is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. It is simple, you just put your details and unique reference number. It’s easier than using UV pen.
Before you leave your house: • Lock your door and shut all the windows. • Plan your journey, to reduce the risk of getting lost. • Don’t use a mobile phone when you walk along the street. If you need to make a call, stop, make a call, then put it away. • Simply aware your surrounding. Look people around, so you know what they look like and what’s going on around you. Be careful with your belongings. • It’s better to walk in a group at night.
USEFUL CONTACTS Website : http://saferstudents.west-midlands.police.uk/ Twitter : @SaferStudents On campus BCU Security contact +443316325 Emergency: +443316969 Off campus West Midlands police: 101 Emergency: 999
eeling lonely? Miss your home and family? The majority new university students will suffer some level of homesickness. Research shows most of them can cope within a few weeks.By the third week all but a few have found symptoms decreasing. How about you? There are several factors that make people feel homesick, such as, have been away from home for the first time, low self esteem, and have close emotional relationship with family or a partner at home. For international students, everything seems get harder since they have to adapt with unfamiliar new culture. “The advantage of working in a restaurant, beside getting extra money, I have free meal!” Faustina Myra (26), BCU student
Taken from a paper published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chris Thurber and Edward Walton define homesickness as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” Homesick is a normal part as a students’ development towards adulthood. By being homesick, it tells you to realize certain needs and to find solutions to satisfy that uncomfortable feeling. While you are tempted to going back home when you’re homesick, figuring out that feeling make you grow into maturity. Yuying Wang, who studies Marketing in Aston University, has been living in Birmingham for almost 6 months. It’s not easy for her to live far away from her home in Beijing especially
“I did solo travel for the first time to Switzwerland last Christmas. It was exciting!” Yuying Wang (24), Aston University student
on the first three months. She tried to make connection to university life by making new friends and going out for dinner with others. On Christmas holiday, she went for solo-travel to Switzerland for the first time. “It was exciting experience, I could enjoy my time alone, discovered new things about myself and did everything that I really wanted to do. You don’t have to bother others,” says Yuying. Faustina Myra, international student from Indonesia -who has
been here for a year- shared her experience how to cope homesickness. Rather than confused of being alone, she preferred to find a part time job on one of restaurant in Birmingham city centre to spend her spare time. She got opportunities to cultivate a social life from her work environment. Beside that, she joint internship program about business for three months during summer break. There are many other ways to help balancing your emotional support, by seeking out activities that you enjoy the most. Finally, you can still go home for some time to get more nurtured and emotionally recharged.
HOW TO STRETCH YOUR BUDGET M
anaging a budget is not as hard as you think. The hardest thing is not to make it, but how you can stick to the new plan. Remember, money is part of your lifestyle and character. New student must face living on a budget especially when coming away from home. Here they are the step to save your money while studying, from Shara Athinson, a Student Finance Advisor from Birmingham City University:
Step 2: Go for groceries with friends Usually, some supermarkets
Step 6: Open for a student bank account For safety reason, you can put money into the account rather than carry physical cash. If your money is stolen, you will not have any money left. There are many bank accounts that operate overseas that you can consider as your option. Step 7: Apply for student card
Step 4: Decide where are you go- Getting student card will be useful, they offers many discounts and ing to live that suit your budget benefit from many merchants. You If you go to private accommodacan apply for NUS Card through tion, you need to think about your your Student Union. National Rail water bills, electricity, gas, TV also offers 16-25 Railcard. It costs license and any other type exjust £30 and will save you 1/3 on penditures for household. Sharra rail fares throughout Great Britain. suggests it is cheaper to rent stuIf you’re aged between 16 and 25, dent accommodation than private or are older and in full-time educahall, since the bills are included. tion, you can apply for it.
Step 1 : Your living cost Create your budget to know how much estimated living cost from your basic expense, these include: your rent, food, travel, and book expenditure. Based on the data taken from Save the Student! student finance survey 2012, rent is the largest proportion of a student’s outgoings, with food and socialising the next largest drain on finances at almost half that. See if there is something you can reduce from. Focus on spending money only on needs.
can buy warm clothes when summer and buy summer clothes when winter. Start buying from no will save your money, because you’re going to have quite higher cost when you buy boots or coats on winter. On orientation day, sometimes there will be shopping trip, the university will show you the cheaper shop with best deals.
offer to buy two for one deal that much cheaper. Then, you have to write down you priority to buy before you go shopping. The most important thing is, don’t go to supermarket when you’re hungry. It will tend to be impulse buying that can increase your expense. Step 3: Prepare for different kind of clothes Warm clothes will be useful for most of the time in the UK, except in summer, you have to prepare loose clothes. Best buy tips, you
Step 5: Use the resources of the library and the internet rather than buy a book Try to connect with your tutor beforehand, to know how many book and estimated cost of the book that you need during your study, to draw the cost down the money. If you need core books, just buy those. Because after you finish with them, you don’t know where you should put off your book?
Step 8: Save your travel budget in advance Whether you are planning a weekend to go around London, or spending your summer to travel around Europe, you will need to budget the amount of money you plan to spend. Still have problem? Come to your student services, they usually offers help for financial issue, such as student loan, how to save your money, how to create a budget, and so on.
Money Savings Ideas What is the best option for you: Stay in a student accommodation or shared house?
oving out on your own can be exciting for some reason, but you have to be careful to decide. Each option has its benefits. Student accommodation is a good choice for student on the first year, since you can socialize and meet new people in a sort of space. The best student accommodation usually has own common room and bar. Staying in a shared house will be good If you have a good housemate. You have to make a clear roommate rules to avoid risk in conflict. Maintain your good relationship by showing good manners.