Visa and Rent Posing Challenges for Indian Students in UK
|31 October, 2023
London is one of the world’s most desirable student cities, ranking first in 2024’s QS Best Student City Rankings, above Tokyo, which ranks second worldwide.
The city’s desirability can be largely attributed to its history, culture, economic strength, and most importantly, its high-ranking institutions, such as Imperial College London (6th worldwide), UCL (9th worldwide), and King's College London (40th worldwide), among other prestigious universities that rank in the top 100 worldwide as of 2024. This has made it a top choice for Indian students, who make up a significant portion of international students in the UK.
According to the UK government, Indian students made up one-third of all applicants for sponsored study grants. In addition, the Guardian reported that, according to the Office of National Statistics, last year, 114,000 Indian students decided to study in the UK. This number is expected to grow by 10% each year.
However, many Indian students have found it difficult to find London student accommodation, as room availability has been limited and rent prices have increased. This has led many students to stay in crammed spaces; one student reported that the first flat he stayed at housed eight people in a five-bedroom apartment.
Other Indian students have also struggled to find a UK-based guarantor, leading them to pay the full amount upfront. Many residents renting out privately have also been reluctant to rent to younger students. In addition, some locals in Edinburgh have also opposed the demolition of old homes to make way for student housing, as they have stated that the city is already facing a housing shortage.
However, it is highly unlikely that difficulties such as these will deter the resilient Indian students from studying in the UK, as they have time and time again adapted; this will most likely only result in Indian students finding new housing alternatives. To add to the struggle, the student visa fee has increased to Rs 51,787, which might limit the students’ budgets while studying abroad.
However, these issues can be improved if you start your search early, at least three to six months before the start of your study, as this will give you the time to find the closest and most affordable options to your chosen educational institution. Lastly, try to keep your options open, as London, in particular, has a housing shortage. Casita can help you find various accommodation options and can also refer you to trusted UK guarantor service providers.