Safety and Security in United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is quite safe, but you should always be aware of the environment and keep your valuables at home or inside your (zipped) bag.
■ Emergency services
The Emergency number in the U.K. is 999.
The National Health Service provides free of charge (of some) medical treatment for full time students who are going to study for more than 6 months in the U.K. If you are going there for less than 6 months, check with your host institution the best way to get a private funded health insurance before departing. If you are a citizen of the EU, you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home country.
■ Political situation
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, where the head of the state is the Monarch and the head of the government is the Prime Minister. It is a politically stable country.
■ Short trip
The best way to travel within the United Kingdom is by train. Of course air travel is very fast, but if you want to fly it is necessary to go to the airport and everything. By train, you just go to the next station.
If you are in England, try going to Ireland or Scotland, and vice-versa. If you want some fresh air, why not going to Paris by train? You can ride Eurostar train, which runs under the sea!
■ Mobile phone networks
Main mobile phone networks include Vodafone, EE, Three and O2. EE is the champion in quality, but Vodafone is one of the giants of the mobile phone sector in the world.
For EU visitors, roaming charges are falling, but if you are coming from EU non-members country and only for a short length stay, we suggest you to get a pre-paid SIM card. If you are going to stay for a long time, consider getting a plan contract with the company you like the best.