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Things international students find weird living in the UK

By SanctuarySocial 30 May 2022

Who knew simple, everyday things could be so different?

One of the best parts about visiting a new country is learning about all the new traditions, words, food, and ways of life that are different from what you're used to at home. 

For many international students coming to study in the UK there's lots of things about the UK that might seem strange at first, including some that you might not expect.

Wardley House resident Wiktoria shares the English slang words she'd never heard before coming to the UK.

To help explain more, we've scoured Urban Dictionary for the explanation of each word:

  • Innit
    A derivative of "is it not", or more directly "isn't it". Often used at the end of a statement or word to give it emphasis, and simultaneously invite agreement.
    e.g. "Cool, innit?"
  • Dodgy
    Disreputable, such as a person who goes to work without any shoes.
    e.g. "You see that guy over there? The one wearing the polyester pant suit with the intricate pattern made up entirely of pink flamingos. Now he's a dodgy fellow."
  • Quid
    One pound (100 pence) in British Sterling (GBP). Can refer to the actual denomination (a goldish looking coin, about a centimetre and a half across), or any amount in Sterling.
    e.g. "That's going to cost 20 quid."
  • Posh
    A slang term for someone or something that is elegant, upper class, and better than the norm.
    e.g. "A dapper gentleman was sitting outside an expensive West London bar, sipping white wine and gazing at his gleaming posh car, an Aston Martin DB5 from 1963."

Next time you're travelling to a foreign country, see what other hidden gems you can find in their culture. You might realise something that you thought was relatively 'normal' at home, is actually quite unique!