Group of students enjoying coffee by the harbourside

Adjusting to life in the UK and at UWE Bristol

Cultural differences

It can take time to adjust to life in a new country and as you adjust to life in Bristol you may realise that aspects of your new surroundings such as the food, dress, climate and values may be different from those in your home country.

There may be times when you feel uncertain or confused by your new surroundings, but advice and support is always available. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has useful information about adjusting to a new culture.

Adjusting to life in the UK

There are lots of things you can do to settle in to your new life in Bristol:

Get involved

Get involved in the community and meet people:

Explore the city

Walk around your neighbourhood and discover your local shops and services. There are a number of shops, restaurants and food markets in Bristol that sell a variety of international foods. You can find a list of some of these places on The Students' Union community webpage.

English language support

Improving your English will support your academic writing skills and help you gain confidence. We offer a wide range of English language courses, specifically designed for international students.

Student support

The Global Student Support team co-ordinate our international student orientation sessions, and they can give you information and advice to help you settle in. Contact them at:

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 32 86964

You can also get in touch with the University's student support services.

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