You'll be fine. Uni is culturally diverse. One of my favourite things about uni is that I have met people from all over the world. If you are friendly people will like you. Obviously you will get the occasional idiot, but for the most part folks in the UK are friendly and open towards new-comers and will judge you on your actions rather than your colour/religion.
And don't worry about not drinking. People will understand. There are plenty of things to do to make friends (joining socities, going out for a meal ect) without getting drunk all the time
How hard is it for a social bengali guy to make friends in the UK. Watch
- 04-01-2013 07:07
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(Original post by rm22)
- 04-01-2013 09:30
Hey Ridwan, I think you're really over-estimating the amount of racism in the UK. There are parts which are known as 'traditionally' racist but most of these places have changed now. So it really depends on where you're going to live? For example the London borough of Tower Hamlets has the largest population of Bengali Muslims outside of Bangladesh (I would know as I am one :P), there are also loads of muslim bengalis in other cities. I think you should try and leave your comfort zone and make friends with loads of different types of people though. Also you say you're going to study medicine? At university most people are pretty liberal and friendly, hardly any racism at all! I can tell you that I personally haven't been a victim of any direct racism and I've ventured out of London and even to areas where people say there are a lot of racists lol
The UK is a very culturally diverse place now, racism is hidden in peoples minds and is really only associated with groups like the English Defence League and the British National Party. I think that racism in the UK now is a lot more subtle, I doubt you'll ever get stopped in the street and called a paki or whatever.
You're right, drinking alcohol is a big thing in the UK, especially at uni but you don't have to go clubbing with friends, you could just go for a meal, I'm sure if you explained to people that you'd rather stay away from alcohol (as I do) people will be very understanding.
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- 04-01-2013 14:23
- 04-01-2013 16:38
People in this country do love to go to the pub and socialise with a few pints of beer: but its the socialising that is the important bit, not the alcohol content of the drink.