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Usefull Informations About the UK

Banks, Post office, Police, Driving Licence and many more...


Usefull Informations About the UK

Banks in the UK:

Students who are going to stay in the UK should open a bank account. Documents proving that you are a student, your postal address and your passport are enough for you to open a bank account.

Students in the UK usually open a Savings Account. The bank will issue a Cash Point Card which will enable the student to withdraw money as long as there is money in their account.
Some banks in the UK open a Current Account for students and provide them with a cheque book.

Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Halifax, NatWest, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander are best-known banks in the UK.

Driving Licence in the UK:

In the UK you drive on the left. Wearing seatbelts is compulsory and the majority of drivers obey the traffic rules.

The speed limit in towns is 30 mph (miles per hour) and 70 mph on motorways. On other roads it is 60 mph.

A passport and a document showing where you are staying is enough to be able to rent a car. Companies like Avis and Hertz are the biggest companies in this industry.

When purchasing a car you must be given a car registration form by the seller, whether the car is new or second hand. It is your responsibility to register the car in your  name by sending the registration document to the address on the form.

All cars over three years old have to pass an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test of roadworthiness. This test decides whether the car is suitable for the roads or not and is undertaken by most garages.

Telephone in the UK:

British Telecom (BT) has the biggest network in UK and has 140.000 phone boxes.
Cash, credit card and special cards are acceptable in phone boxes. There are more expensive than mobile phones.

Mobile phone calls are cheaper between 20:00 & 06:00 on weekdays.

There is a discount for phone calls at weekends. Moreover, cards with passports offer reasonable prices.

There are also other communications companies such as Sky and Virgin.
Mobile Phones in the UK

There are two types of mobile phones plan in the UK.

1) Monthly contract

The mobile is sold with a sim card and a contract of at least 12 months is signed. It is possible to see breakdown of the calls made on your monthly statement. 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) is added to the total amount.

2) Pay as you go:

The cost of pay as you go has recently reduced in price in the UK. £5 credits are ready to use in new pay as you go phones. It is possible to buy £5, £10, & £20 top-ups at many shops such as supermarkets and bookshops. Lybara, Lyka, Orange, Vodafone, 3, Virgin, T-Mobile compete with each other in both the pay as you go and monthly contract markets.

For further information please visit: www.mobiles.co.uk

Post-Offices in the UK:

The services of Post Offices are carried out by Royal Mail. Post Offices are open between 9:00 & 17:00. Some bigger Post Offices are also open on Saturdays. Posts within the UK can be sent by either first or second class. Letters up to 100g cost 60 pence and usually arrive the following day. Letters up to 20g to European destinations cost 87 pence.

A letter up to 100g costs 50 pence if it is sent Second Class and should arrive within 2 or 3 days.

Never send cash by post. In this case it is safer to use a cheque, a Postal Order or an International Money Order.

People with a television have to pay a TV Licence Fee. This costs £136 annually. Payment can be split into 12 equal instalments. Information about this will be sent to you if you are a TV owner.

Police Force in the UK and the Law:

Police in the UK normally  do not carry guns. Nor do they have the automatic right to stop and search people who are acting suspiciously. Always ask for the ID of any policeman or policewoman who wishes to search you.

If you wish to ask for advice for on a legal issue, you can visit your school or college, the office of InterCon UK or the local Citizens’ Advice Bureau which exist in all towns.

You have the right to make one phone call if you are held in custody. There is a solicitor who can help you in every police station. Your student visa may be cancelled and you may be deported from the country if you are found guilty of a crime.

VAT in the UK (Value Added Tax):

Students paying 20% tax on most goods bought in shops or online.
If you save your VAT receipts you can complete a Tax Claim Form at the airport and reclaim the 20% tax paid whilst shopping.

By doing this, students can save a lot of money on their shopping.

Currency in the UK :

The currency in the UK is based on decimals and shown as £s. Notes are £5, £10, £20 & £50 and coins are £1 and £2.

£1 equals 100 pence. The following coins are in circulation: 50 pence, 20 pence, 10 pence, 5 pence, 2 pence and 1 penny.

Supermarkets in the UK:

Supermarkets in the UK dominate the retail sector, not just for food but for many other goods as well. Many of these supermarkets are huge and it is possible to find virtually everything you might need in in terms of both food and clothes.

Good past their ‘sell by’ date cannot be sold. Due to competitive pressures prices in supermarkets are generally good. Supermarkets often reduce prices on perishable items in the evening in order to clear stock. So evenings are a good time to get a bargain at a supermarket
 Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and others now open 24 hours a day in some of their stores (except on Sundays).
 

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This page has been updated on 12. January 2017 16:50.