Internet, phone and post

 

  • Internet

    • By default, most UK universities with provide free internet access via Wi-Fi or through computer suites or student labs. However be prepared to queue up for a PC the closer you get to deadline season and final submissions for the year. If you are living in on campus accommodation or within the vicinity of the campus grounds, internet access is usually included with your rent. If you happen to be living off campus for the year and require the internet, you can subscribe to roaming WI-FI services from companies such as British Telecom, Sky, Talk Talk Etc, visit the public library and for a small fee be able to use the computers with a library card, or utilize the free internet access in places such as coffee shops.
  • Phones

    • It is not difficult to obtain a UK mobile number for yourself. It is easiest to purchase a simple “pay as you go” sim-card for your cellular device. It works by purchasing “top-up cards” thus allowing you credit to use the line and make phone calls using your own UK mobile number.

    • Additionally if your private rental accommodation has a home broadband, then by default the premises should have a land line. Ask you landlord and they should be able to provide you with the properties telephone number.

    • The country code for the UK is +44. If someone were to try and call you from abroad, they would need to use +44 as the dialling code. If you are in the UK and want to call abroad, you will need to dial 00 followed by the respective country code.

    • The emergency services number in the UK is 999. If dialled, you will be asked if you need the police, ambulance, fire brigade or the coast guard. You choose the option that is appropriate to your situation and your call forwarded to the applicable department to handle the emergency.

    • In the long run you may be able to save more money if you conduct your phone calls via an internet calling service such as Skype. You can set up an account for free and using the “top up” service you will be able to buy credits at a very affordable rate. This credit will allow you to make national and international phone calls for a very nominal fee. All you need it a computer or laptop with working speakers and a microphone.
  • Post Office

    • Postal offices are usually open from 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday, and from 9 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday.  However this may differ depending on if it is a main branch or a simple collection office for missed parcels and deliveries. Keep in mind that the opening hours do also vary and differ if there are any national holidays or during the Christmas season. Make sure to ask your local post office what their opening hours are going to be like nearer the time.  For more information on postal services, visit the Royal Mail website.

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