The following websites can give some information to students wishing to stay in Cardiff and the U.K.
International Student Advice
Living in Cardiff and other useful links
Finance and Cost of Living
Budgeting your finances is an important part of overseas study. The cost of living is much lower in Cardiff than other parts of the country. The Home Office recommends that outside of London the funds needed on top of a course fee is £600 a month.
This is just a breakdown of what we recommend.
EEA Nationals do not need to gain entry clearance to the UK. However, people from this area wishing to gain entrance to the UK will need to show their passport or identity card to gain access to the UK.
Nationals of countries outside the EEA need to gain a student visa (sometimes known as student entry clearance). To gain this visa a student should contact the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in their own country. See www.ukvisas.gov.uk
Non EEA nationals will need to apply under the points-based system. This is a new system introduced by the home office in 2009. Each applicant is given a points score, which depends on the financial situation of the student, the course being applied for and the offer from the educational institution. You will not be able to apply for a visa without a certificate of sponsorship number. Alpha and Omega College will provide you with this when you apply. Check www.ukvisas.gov.uk for more information.
You may need the following to apply for a visa: