PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 January, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 January, 2000, 12:00am


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Living costs in Britain are comparable with those in other study destinations such as the United States and Australia, but there are additional benefits available to international students.

If registered for a course of study for more than six months in England and Wales, students are entitled to free National Health Service treatment and free education for registered dependent children.

Leisure and travel costs can be reduced by taking advantage of special student reductions at cinemas, museums and galleries, and student fares on coaches and trains.

The cost of living for 12 months, including accommodation, heating and lighting, food and daily travel in London, Oxford or Cambridge, is about GBP7,000 to GBP9,000 (HK$89,000 to HK$115,000). Elsewhere in Britain, costs range from GBP6,000 to GBP8,000.

Students can opt to live in university accommodation, private houses or flats or a homestay.

More than half of Britain's international undergraduates live in university halls of residence or college hostels. Accommodation for international students is usually guaranteed for their first year of study.

Hall charges usually cover food, energy bills and some laundry costs. Students living in flats have to pay for their meals or self-catering. Students should allow a further GBP700 to GBP1,000 for additional expenses such as books and clothing.