INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE HOUSE AND HOW WE WORK:
HOW TO JOIN AN ENGLISH COURSE:
HOW TO BOOK HOMESTAY
What is homestay?
Homestay is accommodation for students with an English speaking family. Homestay hosts will provide students with a study bedroom and treat the student as a full member of the household; this means students will eat together with their homestay hosts and they will share the common living areas eg sitting room, kitchen, garden, and shared bathroom. Sometimes a homestay host can provide the student with a room which has its own bathroom which the student will not need to share; this is called an en-suite.
When to book your homestay accommodation?
You must book your homestay accommodation 14 working days before your arrival date. Please do not arrive and then tell us you need homestay because we may not be able to help and you may end up paying a lot of money to stay in a hotel while we try to find somewhere for you.
When is homestay available?
Homestay accommodation will be available from 2022 for adult students. If students want to book homestay they will need to:
How much will homestay cost?
Accommodation in Milton Keynes is expensive and rent in Milton Keynes is almost as expensive as London! Homestay can also be expensive, depending on what you want. It may be cost students from £700 to £1500 per month to stay in homestay accommodation.
Can students choose their homestay?
In 2022 it may be possible for students to choose which homestay family they want to live with.
From December 2021 we will enter information about our homestay families on a homestay website which we thing might help students choose what they prefer.
HOW TO BOOK FREE ENGLISH LESSONS WITH CELTA TRAINEES
If you are an adult student who is studying at ELH at Elementary (A1-A2) or Intermediate (B1-B2+) level you can:
HOW TO APPLY TO STUDY AS A VISA STUDENT
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING AND STUDYING IN MILTON KEYNES AND THE UK:
ARRIVING IN THE UK
When you arrive in the UK to come to English Language House you will usually arrive at one of the big London airports such as Heathrow, or Gatwick but you may arrive at Luton airport or Stanstead airport, which are smaller. All of these airports have transport links which students can use to reach Milton Keynes.
Luton airport is the closest and is 25 miles away.
HOW TO FIND ACCOMMODATION IN MILTON KEYNES:
However please bear in mind that:
Milton Keynes is very popular for rented accommodation so it may not be easy to find exactly what you want and you may need to think again about what is acceptable to you.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes is a modern town in a historic county.
It is only 30 mins from London by train and 40-45 mins from Oxford or Cambridge by car. Because it has excellent transport links you can get to any part of the UK easily from Milton Keynes and, because it is such a modern town, there are lots of things you can do and see.
LIVING COSTS IN THE UK
You can expect to pay £800 – £1,300 a month, to cover accommodation, bills, food and other living costs.
Milton Keynes can be just as expensive as London for accommodation.
If you have a scholarship or financial support, make sure you know what is and isn’t covered.
The National Union of Students card and the International Student Identity Card offer great student discounts in many shops, restaurants and businesses. Have a look to see if you could save money with one of these cards.
Check out VisitBritain for lots more UK student discounts.
ABOUT MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT THROUGH THE NHS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
See The 2021 Guide to the NHS for International Students(June 2021) which has useful information for students and includes the following about using the NHS, which is the UK's state health care system:
WHAT IS THE NHS?
The NHS (National Health Service) is a free health service for UK nationals and some people who live, study and work in the UK. BUT it is not free for everyone who travels to the UK from abroad and you can pay a lot of money to see a doctor or dentist if you do not have health insurance to cover your medical and dental costs!
ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ALLOWED TO USE THE NHS?
International Students can use the NHS but it may not be free and you may have to pay a lot of money to see an NHS doctor or dentist or to use an NHS hospital. So it is always a good idea to take out private health insurance to cover your costs, if you need to see a doctor or dentist in the UK.
WHO CANNOT USE THE NHS FOR FREE?
If you have a student visitor visa for up to 6 months only:
WHO CAN USE THE NHS FOR FREE?
If you have a student visitor visa for up to 11 months:
Some useful vocabulary to know:
HOW CAN I SEE AN NHS DOCTOR OR DENTIST?
When you arrive in the UK and you move into your accommodation you should find out where your local GP surgery and where your nearest NHS dentist is; some dentist only work privately and some who are NHS may not be able to accept new patients so its a good idea to find out before you need to see someone urgently!
You may need to register with a GP as a temporary patient and you may need to pay to see him/her and for any treatment you receive.
How to register with your local GP:
AFTER YOU REGISTER WITH YOUR LOCAL GP:
After you register with your local GP you will get an NHS Number. You will need to use this if you go to the Hospital or if you want to change GP’s.
The GP you want to register with will probably have a website to do this, otherwise, just walk in that they will guide you on how to do it. This website helps you to find and register with your local GP.
IN CASE OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
If you have a medical emergency you may have to go straight to the hospital; your GP may tell you to do this or, if you have called 999 for a serious medical emergency, the ambulance may take you take you there.
MEDICAL TREATMENT THROUGH THE NHS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
WHAT IS THE IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE?
The immigration health surcharge is money you pay when you apply for your visa.
If you have paid this you will be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England as if you were an ordinarily resident person.
There may be conditions when you may not have to pay the surcharge and you can see details here:
Paying the surcharge only gives you access to services the NHS provides. Paying the surcharge does not mean you're treated faster.
Doctors will assess the urgency of your condition in the same way ordinarily resident patients are assessed and, if necessary, you'll be placed on a waiting list.
Patients in England are required to make contributions towards the cost of their NHS care, such as paying prescription costs or dental charges. You're required to make the same contributions.
Find out more about paying NHS charges
If you're coming to England for 6 months or less or did not pay the surcharge when you were required to, you'll be charged for certain NHS services unless an exemption applies.
More information for visitors from outside the EEA
PRIVATE MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT
There are private doctors, dentists and hospitals you can visit if you need to.
Private medical treatment is expensive so please make sure you take out health insurance that will cover the costs if you need to see someone privately. To search for a private doctor or a private hospital near you, you can use a web search engine such as google or bing or you can use a website such as: www.privatehealth.co.uk or
www.cqc.org.uk. If you need us to help you search, please let us know. We are not permitted to recommend a doctor or a hospital to you, but we can help you to understand the English information you will find so that you can decide what to do.