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Living in the UK

We know that you'll want to find out more about living and studying at De Montfort University. There's lots of useful information here on topics such as adapting to UK culture, opening a bank account, healthcare, staying safe and on the cost of living in the UK.

You'll also find comprehensive guidance and information in the  International Student Guide.

How much money will I need?

Before you arrive in the UK it's important to have sufficient funding in place for the duration of your course, and you'll need to plan your finances carefully. There's more information here about budgeting and about the cost of living in the UK.

As a new international student, you'll probably want to open a bank account once you you've arrived.  It's important to remember that you will usually need to have registered onto your course before you can open a bank account and it's a good idea to keep this mind when you plan for your first few weeks in the UK. Find out more about what you'll need to open a bank account. 


There is a Student Health Centre (De Montfort Surgery) next to the campus that provides healthcare for students at DMU and their families. If your course lasts for six months or more, you should be able to register as a patient and we recommend doing this as soon as you have registered on your course. Find out more about healthcare.

Do I need to register with the police?

Students from certain countries may need to register their visas after they've arrived in the UK. More information is available here about whether you need to register and how to do this if you need to.

Life on campus

Although you've come to DMU to study, it's important to find time to rest, relax and make friends too. Read more about some of the social and leisure opportunities at DMU.

You'll also find guidance on settling into your new life and adapting to UK culture.

Learning and studying in the UK

You may find that it takes some time for you to adjust to studying in the UK; academic culture and methods of teaching and learning may be different from what you have been used to. Don't worry - there's plenty of support and assistance to help you with this too.

Staying safe

Leicester is generally a safe place to live and study. However, as in any town or city, taking some basic precautions will help to keep you and your belongings secure. Find out more about how to stay safe.

The International Student Support team are here to provide you with guidance and assistance. Contact us at