The UK's looming departure from the EU in March is good news for English learners because the weaker pound (£) means it is (at least for now) cheaper to visit England.
Coming soon and wondering what to pack? Here is my Top 5 essential packing list created especially for students visiting the UK to study English:
1. Passport, ID and travel documents
Please check visa requirements for your specific country and apply for a visa (if necessary) before you travel. It's a good idea to print your travel documents including flight information, booking confirmations and accomodation details and keep them in a waterproof travel wallet in case you need them at any point on your travels. International roaming and mobile data useage can be expensive so it's best not to rely on digital copies.
2. Notebook and stationery
Of course, any good student needs paper to write on and pens and pencils to write with. Whether you're coming for a week or 6 months, I recommend investing in a sturdy notebook with good quality paper and binding that will make you feel happy to write on and resist any damage from travelling.
3. UK electrical adapter
The UK uses a 3-point electrical socket that is not compatible with devices from most other countries. You can pick up a UK adapter from most airports, usually for a very reasonable price, to safely use your devices and chargers in the UK.
4. tablet, laptop or smartphone
Technology is great for enhancing learning. There are now many great apps and websites you can use for everything from recording new vocabulary, to building your own grammar quizzes, essay writing or honing your reading skills.
5. Clothing for all seasons
Don't forget the Great British weather. Although the summer months are usually warmer, the UK can experience all four seasons within a few hours at almost any time of the year. Be prepared for any eventuality by packing comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella and a waterproof jacket. In winter you will need warm sweaters, socks, gloves, hats and scarves and in the summer months, jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, shorts and summer dresses.
Do you have any suggestions for other students? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.