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Useful links

Daily life in the UK

BBC Wales - English language homepage featuring Welsh news, sport, music, TV, radio, education and more from all around Wales

BBC Wales News - Up to date news and information relating to Wales from the BBC.

How to call abroad - How to dial internationally from any country, a complete resource on international calling.

TV licensing - Official site advising everything you need to know about obtaining a TV licence for the UK.

UK Student Life - UK Student Life provides information on studying, working and travelling in the UK as well as an introduction to British culture and life.

You're welcome! A guide for gay visitors to Britain - Stonewall has launched a new guide for lesbian, gay and bisexual people visiting Britain. It explains how the law protects gay people in this country and where to go in case of any problems.

Driving in the UK

The AA - Advice and information from the Automobile Association on a wide range of motoring related subjects.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency - Official government website providing information on driving and vehicle licensing and registration in the UK.

The Highway Code - essential reading for anyone who plans on using the roads in the UK. It sets out the rules which apply to all road users, pedestrians and cyclists.

The RAC - Information from the RAC on car breakdowns, route maps and more.

Finance

British Bankers Association - Information from the British Bankers' Association on opening a bank account in the UK specifically aimed at international students.

DirectGov - Tax matters for students explained, including guidance on how to claim refunds on overpaid tax.

International Student Calculator - A helpful way to budget and work out how much money you will need to study in the UK.

Monetos - A comprehensive European research and information portal providing independent advice and guidance on social systems and private financial sectors in various countries across Europe, including the UK (available in 6 languages).

OANDA - This is a free foreign exchange tool and is recommended by the UK Border Agency.

UK Tax refund guide - Advice on claiming a tax refund.

Immigration

Foreign & Commonwealth Office - Useful information, including contact details for UK embassies around the world.

HM Customs - Provides information and advice on what you can bring in and out of the UK.

UK Border Agency - The branch of the Home Office which deals with immigration, asylum and nationality issues in the UK and abroad. This website will help you understand UK immigration control, working regulations and restrictions and how to apply for an extension of your visa from within the UK.

Travel within the UK

Megabus - Offers cheap bus travel to London from Cardiff. Fares start as low as £1 plus a 50p booking fee.

National Express - Official website of National Express, the UK's largest scheduled coach company running coaches all over the UK.

The Trainline - This allows you to find out times, book tickets and reserve seats for any train operator in mainland UK.

Traveline Cymru - The public transport information service for Wales.

Wales Tourist Board - Provides details of places to visit in Wales.

Useful organisations

Cafe International - This is the place to meet new friends, relax, practice your English, enjoy themed evenings, quiz nights, play games and sport. It also provides practical help and advice.It is based in Penarth, near to Cardiff.

Education UK - Information provided by the British Council to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification.

International Students House - Offers accommodation 365 days a year and is a social and information centre for students. It is located in one of the safest areas of Central London. Great place to stay if you are visiting London.

ISSA Wales - Islamic Social Services Association aims to provide a confidential and holistic service for the needs of the community.

Stonewall - the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.

UKCISA - The UK Council for International Student Affairs promotes and protects the needs of international students in the UK. It also provides useful advice and information on a whole range of issues..