Advice for moving to a new country
First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone who passed their first year (myself included) and to wish everyone who has resits in September the best of luck! If your dream has always been studying abroad, then this entry is for you. Everyone knows how going on a holiday feels: relaxing, strolling, having no care in the world, however, moving to a new country without any of your relatives for more or less than 9 months is on an entirely different level. I honestly believe that 18 y/o who do have the courage to study abroad have no idea what to expect. Believe me, I have been there. Altogether with moving abroad, there come responsibilities and a taste of adulthood. Yes, your parents still have to sustain you, your accommodation, your needs, but you learn how to sustain yourself and that is one of the essential life lessons you gain while living on your own in a foreign country.
Here is a list of my top advice for moving to a new country:
- apply for student accommodation as soon as you can (I remember that I applied for accommodation on campus at Warwick around May or June last year)
- book your plane/ bus/ train tickets and any other transportation before travelling to the new country, as they get quite expensive last minute
- do get a Passport from your home country as you never know when you need to identify yourself
- do make a lot of research in terms of food, transportation, accommodation
- do invest in technology, as you will need your own devices for school and keeping in touch with your family and friends from back home and from Uni
- do make sure to have enough money to live there for a while, as it does take some time to open a bank account and sort everything out
- language is an important matter and if you do not know the language spoken in that particular country, it might be a problem to travel around and ask for information
- be aware of the health insurance and the medical services available
- do your packing right (take everything you absolutely need with you or make special arrangements with delivery companies that can bring you later more of your stuff)
- Download Skype. Buy Skype credit. Love Skype.