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Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in The United Kingdom. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is the UK?

The UK is an extremely popular place for international students and is in general a very safe place to study.

You can contact your chosen university to find out more about crime statistics and safe places to live – in general, choosing to stay in university approved accommodation is a good way of choosing a safer, more student-friendly area to live.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone where possible
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month.

Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in the UK:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill