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    Settling in at Middlesex

    Culture shock

    These may be a few things to consider:

    • British people like to queue so it is important to wait in line and not push to the front as this may cause upset.
    • Politeness is important in British culture so always try and remember to say 'please' and 'thank you'.
    • British people are generally quite reserved but this does not mean that they are unfriendly.
    • Smoking is not permitted in any public areas in the UK which include restaurants, bars, shops and railway stations.
    • There are many bars, restaurants and pubs that serve alcohol, however, you do not have to drink alcohol when visiting them.
    • You will usually find that British people are always talking about the weather as it is very unpredictable. You can experience all four seasons in one day!
    • We are a diverse and multi-cultural nation and we respect the values and beliefs of others. This is reflected in the right of individuals to wear items of clothing that represent their beliefs and customs.


    After the excitement of the first few days or weeks has worn off, you may find yourself feeling homesick. Being away from home for the first time can cause problems for any student, but as an international student you will have additional worries such as getting used to different customs and communicating in a foreign language. You may also start to feel anxious, frustrated, disappointed and lonely.

    If you have any problems or feel lonely, there are various people you can talk to:

    More information can be found at Middlesex University's Counselling Service.

    Chinese Student Liaison Officer

    The Chinese Student Liaison Officer (CSLO) is here to support Chinese-speaking students' community at Middlesex University. The CSLO is available to provide information and advice to Chinese-speaking students through emails, face-to-face appointments,and phone, as well as WeChat.

    To book an appointment with the CSLO, please visit the UniHelp desk.  
    For further information,please email or call 0208411 4685, or WeChat: ellismdx (your name and student number when you add)

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