Living in the UK
Four countries in one
The UK is made up of four countries which are England, Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country has its own distinct
identity and language. While English is the main language spoken in
the UK, other languages include Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots,
Cornish, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.
The UK has four distinct seasons which are winter, spring,
summer and autumn. The temperature varies depending on the season
but usually does not go beyond 32 degrees Celsius and rarely goes
below -5 degrees Celsius. It gets dark by10pm during summer months
and 4pm during the winter.
The UK is a cosmopolitan place to live as it is home to people
from many different ethnic backgrounds. About 8% of the UK
population is made up of ethnic minorities that have migrated from
all over the world. Though most people are Christian, many other
religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism
are practised. The multicultural influence has brought about
widespread availability of international cuisine in the UK as well
as having a great impact on music, art, sports, science and
Fun and exciting student culture
Students in the UK are able to explore the length and breadth of
the UK inexpensively as they eligible for discounted travel. A
couple of highlights include the yearly Edinburgh Festivals and
Glastonbury Festival. There is a lot of choice for students
interested in art and culture as the UK has over 2000 museums and
art galleries, many offering free entry. Sports enthusiasts can
enjoy major sports events held over weekends and a wide range of
sporting activities which are ongoing at university campuses.
The UK boasts of ancient historical architecture, picturesque
countryside villages, lively seaside towns and stunning natural
attractions. The spectacular UK landscape is made up of impressive
views of dramatic cliffs along the coastal lines, amazing lakes and
rivers and magnificent valleys and mountains.
Vibrant capital cities
The UK’s vibrant capital cities are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh
and Belfast. While all these capital cities are very modern and
have gone through a lot of development, the history and landscape
of the surrounding areas have been maintained thus retaining its
identity and individuality.