Life in the UK may seem very different to what you’re used to back home, and there many unique customs and traditions that you should be aware of before you get here. Our guide to British culture can help you get to grips with some of the quirks of living in the UK, and help you settle more quickly into life in your new home.
Depending on where you’re moving from, the UK may feel far removed from your home country, with distinct cultural differences and unique traditions making it challenging to adapt to local life.
So, to help you overcome the culture shock of moving to the UK, here we address some of the quirks and customs of British life you need to be aware of, and provide information on things such as the weather, national holidays and the etiquette of eating and drinking out.
Use the links below to navigate the guide.
You’ve probably heard a lot of rumours about how poor the weather is in the UK. The truth is, it’s really not so bad and comparable to other countries in Europe – but that doesn’t stop Brits talking about it. A lot.
The weather in the UK is mild, temperate and rarely extreme. In the winter, temperatures range from around 2°C – 8°C, with minimal risk of snowfall, while in the summer things are usually a nice 16°C – 24°C. Seasonal changes do mean you need a diverse wardrobe, however, so pack jumpers and coats for the winter and t-shirts and shorts for the summer.
As we mentioned earlier, the British love to talk about the weather, so if you’re ever struggling for a topic of conversation, that’s usually a good option.
Like all countries, the UK has a scattering of public holidays throughout the year, and these are often referred to as ‘bank holidays’.
Below, we list the main UK bank holidays and the days they traditionally fall.
For the exact dates that public holidays fall on in the current year, go here.
Eating and drinking is very popular in the UK, so you’ll probably find a lot of your student budget going on trips to the pub and eating out with friends. British eating and drinking customs differ greatly from those of other EU countries, so we’ve highlighted a few things you should know before you head to your local.
Here, we offer some additional tips on negotiating British culture and customs, helping you better settle in your new home:
For more tips and advice on British etiquette, we’d recommend this article from the International Scholarship Guide.
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