About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck university of London is a higher education institute specializing in evening courses and degrees with almost of it students attending part time evening studies.
It has a multi-cultural student population with students coming from over 120 countries attending the diverse courses offered ranging from short introductory courses and degrees to full-time PhD degrees.
Rankings and awards:
- Birkbeck was ranked 111 in the world for Arts & humanities in the 2011 QS World University Rankings.
- Birkbeck was ranked as number 149 in the world in the 2011-12 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
- Birkbeck was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education research.
International students in Birkbeck:
For students entering the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, the following courses are available:
- Full-time Master’s programmes
- Full-time MPhil/PhD programmes
- Full-time undergraduate degrees
A small number of international students are eligible to study part time.
Student accommodation at Birkbeck, University Of London.
International students studying at Birkbeck University of London might encounter some difficulties when searching for a suitable housing solution. While Birkbeck University of London provides assistant with finding accommodation for students in London, whether in the University of London Halls of Residence or via its Housing Services, it might happen that the available rooms will get filled up quickly, and as such – it’s best to take time to plan and inquire in advance regarding accommodation alternatives.
Renting a flat might be a costly venture, especially when looking to rent in the more central parts of London, that’s why a more fitting and growing in popularity accommodation solution is to share a flat with other flatmates, whom are not necessarily students at Birkbeck, Just make sure to prepare a checklist of important questions when visiting the house shares and meeting the flatmates.
Keep in mind that international students from different countries might have different expectations when sharing a flat, so you’ll need to make they allow for household expenses to be split fairly between the roommates, and themselves at all times. Equally important, always remember that with the current economy struggles, international students will be facing them too, just like yourself, and they also will be watching their overall spending budget tightly. Therefore, to avoid any unnecessary misunderstanding, it is wise to plan ahead the flatshare’s monthly budget together, in order to ensure that all parties involved are certain that all expenses are being shared properly and fairly, without anyone being taken advantage of.
Moving into a flatshare with other Birkbeck University of London students or students from any other university in London is a great way to not only share the living costs in London, but to also make new friends – so try have a chat with your future flatmates before moving in, get to know their hobbies and fields of interest and to see if you’re preferences match.
Remember – safety is important! So before going physically to see a flatshare or to meet with strangers, have a look at their published ad of their single or double rooms to rent in London near the college or their detailed flatmate profiles, get as many details about them as possible, messages and chat online with your potential new flatmates in a secure way, so you can both protect your privacy and save time by only going to see rooms and meet flatmates which are compatible with your requirements.