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Pre-Departure FAQs

Through many conversations with Australian teachers thinking of teaching in the UK, we have gathered lots of questions and answers! Here are some of the most important FAQs about the preparations you need to make before you leave Australia for the UK. Click on a question to see the answer.

I’ve heard it’s really difficult to set up a bank account in the UK. Should I set one up before I leave Australia?

I am really keen to get accommodation sorted before I leave. Is it wise to lock into long term accommodation and pay bond and rent upfront?

How do I go about finding the best deals on flights?

Do I need a visa if I just want to teach casually in the UK?

Should I purchase travel insurance to cover my whole trip?

Do I need to get a return ticket if I am travelling on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

What is a realistic length of time that I need to book short term accommodation for when I first arrive?

What do I do about a mobile phone? Should I take my Australian one with me?

I’ve heard it’s really difficult to set up a bank account in the UK. Should I set one up before I leave Australia?

True, it can be difficult to set up a bank account, but not if you are registered with Protocol Education. We have an agreement with HSBC bank and will give you application forms at your UK Induction that will enable you to open a bank account immediately. The best thing about it is that it is free to set up and there is no monthly bank fee to pay in the UK.

I am really keen to get accommodation sorted before I leave. Is it wise to lock into long term accommodation and pay bond and rent upfront?

We would advice against it, as it often ends in teachers being unimpressed with their new digs.  By all means check out what is around and prices, but do not sign any contracts or pay any bond or rental fees before arriving and viewing the property in person. Unfortunately there are a few dodgy people out there who will be more than happy to scam an unsuspecting Aussie out of a few months rent. However legitimate and nice they may seem, do not hand over any money, and do not ‘transfer money to your friend’, as they can lift the money in between. Help with UK Accommodation.

How do I go about finding the best deals on flights?

Webjet is a great tool to suss out the best available flights and then if you are not confident enough to book on line, head into Flight Centre with details of the flight you are after and they should be able to better the deal for you!

Do I need a visa if I just want to teach casually in the UK?

If you intend to take on any work in the UK you must apply for a visa prior to leaving Australia. Check out https://www.gov.uk/government/world/australia for more info about UK visas.

Should I purchase travel insurance to cover my whole trip?

This really is a personal decision. You will be covered for any medical emergencies and trips to the doctor by the British National Health Service (NHS), but as soon as you step foot out of the UK this cover ceases, so trips to Europe will not be covered. We recommend taking individual travel insurance options for each trip you take outside of the UK; it works out to me much more affordable than buying a whole 2 year policy from Australia first!

If for some awful reason you needed to be repatriated with a doctor in tow, you’ll thank your lucky stars that you took out travel insurance as this will be prove to be a very expensive exercise.

Do I need to get a return ticket if I am travelling on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

No, most tickets are only valid for one year and this visa is valid for two years, so you are ok to just get the one way ticket.

What is a realistic length of time that I need to book short term accommodation for when I first arrive?

10 days is probably a good time, it will give you a chance to get over your jet lag and to start viewing more long term options. Stuck for initial accommodation ideas? Find out more info here!

What do I do about a mobile phone? Should I take my Australian one with me?

Protocol Education will give you a free UK SIM card before you leave home, just make sure you have an ‘unlocked’ handset to put it in and you are away.  Pre-pay vouchers are available in a multitude of stores. Do not take your Australian mobile network with you – International roaming will cost you a fortune!

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