LIVING IN THE UK

At Ingla we realise that new students may require assistance or guidance regarding various aspects of living in the UK. Our welfare staff will be able to provide the necessary information about the basic UK laws, opening a bank account, applying for a National Insurance number, registering with a doctor, local places of worship, leisure and entertainment venues or travelling around London. If you require information about any of these issues please refer to Ingla Guide or ask our welfare staff.

Laws in the UK

Becoming familiar with the laws of a different country may be a difficult task for foreign students. Some of the laws and regulations might be the same or similar to the ones in your country – but when in doubt please talk to our welfare officer for advice. For full information about living in the UK please visit www.direct.gov.uk or www.homeoffice.gov.uk if you would like to find out more about UK laws.

Citizen Advice Bureau

While living, studying and working in the UK you might come across situations when you need professional help with legal issues, housing, employment or citizen rights. Our local Citizen Advice Bureau will be able to assist you regarding most matters or direct you to the appropriate person or organisation. To find the CAB Office nearest to where you live visit www.citizenadvice.org.uk

Job Centre and National Insurance number

The Job Centres provide information on employment issues, training programmes and help you obtain a National Insurance number. The NI number is a legal requirement if you want to start working in the UK – our welfare officer can help you book the appointment and prepare the necessary documentation.

Health/NHS

Emergency treatment is usually free on NHS – if you are planning to stay in London for a longer period of time we recommend registering with a local doctor surgery (GP) where you can go if you require non-urgent medical attention. To find your nearest GP/dentist/hospital please visit www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories and type in your full postcode.

Banking

The safest and most convenient way of managing your money is to open a bank account at one of the main UK banks. Our welfare staff can assist you with opening a bank account in one the banks in the school area. You may find that some banks in your own country have links to British banks which should make bank transfers or using your debit/credit card to make purchases and withdraw money easier and cheaper.

Local Council

The Ingla School of English is located in the north London Borough of Haringey. The Council offers advice and deals with social issues like education, community and leisure activities, environment, housing, benefits, waste collection, parking and many more. Please visit www.haringey.gov.uk for detailed information on council services.

Local Places of Worship

London is a multi-cultural city where people can freely practice a religion or follow a system of belief. Our local area offers many opportunities for people to visit places of religious interest and there is list of local places of worship available from our Welfare Staff or in Ingla Guide.

Travelling in London

London is unique with its public transport network available for the commuters and tourists. With the oldest and one of the biggest underground system in the world, hundreds of bus routes and convenient city rail network, London may seem like a mysterious labyrinth to navigate through. For the latest travel updates and to plan your journey across town please visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

The School is registered with the TfL discount scheme so our full time students can apply for 18+ Student Oyster photocard and 30% discount on seasonal travelcards and bus passes. Please check if you can apply for the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard here.

Ingla Student Card and ISIC Card

Our students are issued with a student ID card may entitle to a discount in some cinemas, museums, galleries and shops. To fully enjoy the benefits of studying take advantage of numerous student discount schemes and offers we recommend applying for International Student Identity Card. Visit www.isic.org or ask our welfare staff for help with your application.