Other student welfare including english language support, childcare and schools and personal safety
English language support
The English language Centre provides a range of English classes to support you during your studies here at Liverpool. The classes take place during Semesters One and Two and are open to international students registered at The University of Liverpool. Classes are also available for international members of staff and visiting fellows. All classes are free of charge to LSTM students. For more details, visit the Language Centre site:https://www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/in-sessional-support/
Childcare and schools
State schooling in the UK is compulsory from the September following the child's 4th birthday and is free of charge. This applies to the children of all international students except for students on visitor visas. If you are bringing school-age children with you, your choice of school will largely be determined by the location of your accommodation. The Student Experience Officer can assist with finding a suitable school. In the term following their 3rd birthday, children (including children of overseas students) are entitled to free part-time nursery education, either within schools or playgroups. Children below the age of 3 can be cared for in private nurseries. This will cost around £130 a week. Information on childcare can be found at http://www.childrenscentres.info/ or http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/early-years-and-childcare/
By international standards, the UK is a safe country, with low levels of violence and street crime. However, crime is more prevalent in large cities and Liverpool is no exception. You will need to take extra care of your belongings, not only when you are here, but also during your journey. It is important not to carry large amounts of cash with you and not to leave your belongings unattended.
A useful booklet produced by the British Council advises international students on safety issues and can be downloaded from http://www.educationuk.org/global/articles/safety/. It would be useful to read the section entitled "Arriving in the UK" before leaving your home country.
Student Experience Officer
Tel: +44 (0)151 705 3756
Fax: + 44 (0)151 705 3348