Moving to Dubai for studies? Read this first

Moving to Dubai for higher studies is a very big step of your life. Infact, it’s a colossal turn to a new life. You have always wanted this, but this doesn’t take away how delicate this decision can be. From living alone, to managing money, there is a lot to cater to than just buzzing around a new network of students while moving to Dubai.

But don’t worry, we have got everything sorted. Keep reading.

  1. Having a new Bank account

When you move to Dubai, or for that matter, any other place, setting a local bank account must be on the top of your to-do list. Conducting transactions from your national bank account will incur international fee, so to avoid that, it’s wise to set up a local bank account. Plus, it serves you with all the other benefits that come along with it. The charges and the perks vary with every bank. Do your own research or reach out to your IDP education counsellor, if you want an expert guidance.

  1. Save wisely, spend adequately

We all know, education in Dubai is expensive, and there are more chances than not your parents have struggled a great length of work hours to put you there. If not your parents, you have worked really hard to be where you are right now. However, most of the students struggle with this aspect considering the lavish lifestyle of Dubai. I am not asking you to cut your daily expenses, but just be wise while spending the hard-earned money.

  1. Prefer home-cooked food

Ever heard of the Dubai stone? It is the inevitable amount of weight you gain as you move to the city of gold. And no, it’s not a myth.

If you don’t want to fall prey to this ‘reality’, stay away from the junk that Dubai streets have to offer. Infact, outside food can also cost you a fortune and burn a hole in your pocket by the end of the month. It can easily be avoided if you just buy the ingredients, and prepare your own food at your place.

I know since you are a student, you are always chasing time – the best rescue is to cook food in large quantities. The leftover you can easily store it in your fridge for a bedtime snack or maybe another meal. This will help you get a grip of all the aspects – right from eating healthy, to sticking to a budget and saving time.

  1. Make the best use of your student status

There are many places in Dubai, which offer many privileges to students, and all you need to do is use your student ID card. Remember, it is not just restricted to transportation, but also to restaurants, shops, movie tickets and also to many tourist spots. Do a thorough research before you visit anywhere or buy anything.

Organize to receive your student ID card right at the beginning of your first semester so that you don’t miss out on these advantages. Trust me, by the end of the month you will save that can easily earn you a dinner! 😉 Also, once you start looking for these offers, you will find websites dedicated to such rewards and offers.

  1. Take car subscription service

Since you are moving to Dubai, I am sure most of you are now aware of the efficiency of Dubai’s public transportation is, and it truly is. But that does not replace the need of having a car.

Buying a car is a hefty investment which as a student, you might not be able to afford, so instead subscribe for a car rental service. There are more reasons than one, why subscribing is a better pick than buying. One is of course that you don’t have to bear the extra weight of a car loan.

Number two, even if you are pretty well-off to afford your own car, you never know where you will be, say in the next 5 years. You don’t want to end up selling your car for half the price? Do you? So why will you invest to buy a car when you get all the facilities, features, and even more efficiency in a car subscription. You can choose any of their packages either a monthly or long term car rental subscription plans are there to serve your transportation needs.

I hope these suggestions help you ease the adrenaline rush in your nerves. All the best for your super bright future!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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