Date published: September 08, 2015

How to adapt to life in the UK

Moving to a new country can be a huge shock to the system. The accents, particularly the Manchester accent, can be hard to understand, the places to go may not seem obvious and it can be hard getting used to speaking and listening to English on a daily basis.

Therefore, we thought we'd provide some top tips on how the University can help you adapt to life in the UK.

1. Go to International Cafe. Now you've arrived, you may be experiencing a certain level of culture shock. Our International Cafe's held every Wednesday from 5.00pm - 7.00pm can help you meet students from your new home, your own country and other countries around the world. Here, you can compare the cultural differences you're struggling to understand, join in with activities and make friends who can make that settling in process that little bit easier. It's free, there's refreshments on offer, table tennis and table football. Come along and like our Facebook page here.  

2. Improve your academic English. If your first language is not English it can seem quite daunting as you start your studies and have assignments; but don’t worry – there is support available to you. Salford Languages offers a scheme called LEAP to help improve your academic English. LEAP is a 12 week course offered in three week units which can be tailored to assist undergraduate and Masters students with their studies by providing a variety of sessions, workshops and tutorials to help develop English language skills and improve the quality of your assignments and dissertation. If you would like to find out more about what the course offers please click here or email

3. Get to know your new city. Arriving in a new city can be overwhelming, as you don't know where the best places to go or even where your local supermarket is. That's why we've created a guide on your new city, just for you. This guide can be found here and tells you about shops, travel and even tells you the top 10 things to do in Manchester.

4. Join our InterLINK scheme. InterLINK is a way of introducing you to another student who knows about living in the UK and being a student at Salford. InterLINK ‘mentors’ are home students (students from the UK) who can give international students friendly advice and support and help them to get used to living and studying here at Salford. If you'd like to have a mentor then please click here to find out more. 

5. Join the international society. The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester, who aim to provide international students with a warm and friendly welcome when they arrive in the city and to make their time in the UK a wonderful experience. Find out more by visiting the International Society's website here.

6. Ensure you're safe. When you're in a new place, you might find yourself scared or anxious as you don't necessarily know the city where you spend most of your time. However we've done lots to make the campus safe, including installing additional LED lighting, installing 23 new cameras to give an unparalleled 24/7 view of campus activity and employing four new security engagement officers. There are though still things you can do to ensure your safety, we advise you to not leave bags or personal items on show, to use our facilites, e.g. the bike park, to help keep your possessions secure, to pick up a free personal safety bag from our security team in the Maxwell building and to visit our security shop to pick up essential safety items at a fraction of the cost.

7. Understand what is expected of you with your studies, speak to your tutor and familarise yourself with our referencing system. We have a number of handy webpages and workshops to help you understand our referencing system. This page here is very handy and we also advise you to pop into the library to ask when their next workshop is coming up. 

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