A Guide To Being An International Student In The UK

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Thousands of international students choose to study in the UK every year, making the UK the second most popular destination for international study.

At CRM Students we are proud to welcome students from all around the world, providing them with outstanding accommodation. Currently 7,500 students have chosen us as their international home when carrying out their studies in the UK, and this number continues to grow each year.

Safe & Secure

We have long-lasting strong relationships with Universities, Colleges and Schools, being the preferred student accommodation provider we bring quality accommodation, trust and experience to the market.

We also understand the importance of providing a safe and secure environment and that is why our student accommodation is fully secure and supported by CCTV and all rooms have individual key access.

Friendly Community

With so many home and international students choosing to stay with us you’ll meet a great mix of students from across the UK and around the world. We not only provide you with a safe home whilst you're studying, but we also offer a great range of facilities that enable successful studying as well as a fun social life. Our accommodation teams want to ensure you settle in and have the best experience possible, so you will find many social activities and opportunities to meet new people and make fast friends.

Accommodation Starter Pack – UniKitOut

Do you need to order bedding, kitchenware or bathroom accessories before you move in?

Did you know that you can order EVERYTHING from UniKitOut? They are a UK based company that will deliver your items before your check in date. Your parcel will be waiting for you at the reception desk or in your room, ready to use from day one.

You can even get 10% off your order if you use our discount code “CRM10“. Get shopping with UniKitOut!

Useful Tips

When preparing for your overseas studies there’s plenty to do and remember, let us help you with your planning so you arrive with us calm and confident and ready to begin this exciting chapter.


The UK Council for International Students is a great source of information and will be able to help you obtain everything you need for studying and living in the UK. Take a look at www.ukcisa.org.uk.

UK Bank Account

In order to open a student bank account in the UK you’ll need the following;

  • A valid passport
  • A valid visa – Non-EU students only
  • Proof of address in the UK – A tenancy agreement or utility bill should suffice
  • Proof of address in your home country
  • Proof of student status – You’ll normally receive this once you enrol at university
  • Proof of income – This may mean a credit check and interview to establish you will be able to maintain the account.

There are many UK-based consumer websites that will provide recommendations about accounts offered by UK banks and will allow you to compare and decide the best account for you. Take a look at some of the below:

The British Bankers Society is also a great source of information for opening a UK bank account as an international student, information found here: bba.org.uk

UK Guarantor Service

Finding a suitable guarantor is not always possible especially for international students as they may not know any UK residents, especially one who is prepared to take on the responsibility. This is where Housing Hand can help.

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