International student life

University is a place to have new experiences, find new friends and make memories that will last a lifetime. Outside of your studies, Staffordshire University has plenty on offer, whether that's learning new hobbies, sports, or getting involved in student politics-  there's something for everyone!

You may feel that life in the UK may be similar to home, or you may be concerned about the differences in our culture - we're here to support you. We're excited that you've chosen to come to the United Kingdom and want to ensure you feel at home here, which is why we have created a guide to life in the UK to help you get settled.

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Making friends

One Staffs Café is a social event which takes place every week, usually in the Digital Kiln (5th Floor of the Mellor Building) on the College Road campus. It's a chance to meet other students, relax and chat in a friendly environment. You can connect with new and existing students, find out about different cultures and traditions, and also discover what connects us all here at Staffordshire University. Everyone is welcome!

Keep up to date with the goings on of the cafe by joining our Facebook group.


Be aware of culture shock

Culture shock is a term used to describe the impact on a person moving from a familiar culture to once which is unfamiliar. It can affect anyone.

Some of the things that can affect culture shock are the different accents, foods, manners, and weather, plus a lack of family, friends and colleagues who you would normally turn to, to give you support and guidance.

It is very normal to experience this, and also it is usually temporary. There are also things you can do to help minimse the effects, such as keeping in touch with home - by phone, letter or email, have familiar things around you that have personal meaning such as photographs and try and find a supplier of familiar food, eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise, or join one of the Students' Union Societies where you can take up a new sport or activity or continue an interest from home. This will also help you make new friends. Also, try to find someone to talk to who will listen uncritically and with understanding rather than isolating yourself.

Make sure you spend time out of your room. It is very easy to become isolated when you are in a foreign country. Although you might be nervous trying something new, you’ll soon find that you didn’t need to worry! Students are generally a very happy bunch who are friendly and easy to approach. Telling people you’re from another country will always spark some interest around you.

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