In the UK
Life in the UK
The links here and the downloadable documents at the bottom of this section provide information about life in the UK and specific information for Ukrainian refugees:
Coming to the UK or extending your visa
This website gives information about coming to the UK and about extending your visa.
Looking for a job
Finding a job will help you to be financially independent. Your local job centre will help you to look for a job and help you to claim any benefits you are entitled to.
Opening a bank account
You will need to set up a bank account as soon as possible after arrival in the UK.
UK benefits system
Many people in the UK are entitled to benefits to help them and their family. You can find out more about the UK welfare system on these websites:
You can find out about housing for people from Ukraine, about ways to rent a home and what to do if you are homeless.
The school system in England
These guides explain the education systems in the UK. These are different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Driving in the UK
Find out the regulations about driving in the UK.
Life in Bury
The Bury Directory provides information about many aspects of living in Bury. There is a translation facility on the website to access it in Ukrainian via google translate.
Claim Benefits in Bury
This website gives information about various benefits.
Your local job centre can administer claims for Jobseeker's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support. (See Looking for a job section)
Housing in Bury
There are different ways to find a home. You can buy a home, rent from a private landlord, rent from the council or rent from a housing association. See the Bury council website for information:
Looking for a job in Bury
Your local job centre can help you find a job and administer claims for Jobseeker's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support.
Bury job centre is at
Silver Street, Bury BL9 0DP
Telephone: 0845 604 3719 https://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/bury-jobcentre
Find a school place in Bury
To apply for a school place in a Bury school for your child, you should complete the relevant form and send it to: email@example.com or post it to: Admissions Team, Children and Young People, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.
Primary school form: in-year-primary-school-transfer-application-form-word-version.doc (live.com)
Secondary school form:
If your child is starting Primary or Secondary school at the normal school age, please use one of these forms:
Primary: caf-2024.docx (live.com)
Secondary: Common Application Form 2024 (bury.gov.uk)
Find a college place in Bury
Young people aged 16-19 years old can attend college. To apply for a place, contact:
Holy Cross College:
or Bury College:
Nurseries and childcare in Bury
Most Bury primary schools have a nursery class for children aged 3 to 4 years and there is one local authority maintained nursery, Hoyle Nursery School. All three and four year olds can have 15 hours of free early education and childcare sessions per week for 38 weeks of the year. Some working parents can have 30 hours free childcare if they meet the criteria.
Funding for 2 year olds is available for parents who are entitled to claim benefits.
For more information, please click the link: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds
English classes (ESOL)
There are other classes for adults in addition to ESOL. You can find information about other classes from:
Bury Adult Learning Centre https://www.bury.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/adult-learning
Bury Leisure has three leisure centres where you can play sport, take exercise classes or swim.You can buy a membership card and you may be able to apply for a discount card and pay less for activities.
Bury Art Museum is free to visit.
Bury Met offers a programme of theatre, comedy and music events throughout the year. There are also workshops for children and families.
The Vue cinema is located in the Rock shopping centre.
There are several supermarkets in Bury: Aldi, Asda, Iceland, Lidl and Tesco. Home Bargains also stock food items.
Bury Market is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The fish and meat hall is open Monday to Saturday.
There are a few Ukrainian and Polish shops and caterers in and near Bury. Go to https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-2.4281364,11z?entry=ttu
and search for Ukrainian shop or Polish shop
The Rock is a popular shopping centre for clothing, books and toiletries.
The bus station is in the centre of Bury. All fares are now £2 for adults and £1 for children.
The Metrolink station is also in the centre of Bury. Prices for tickets vary according to what time you are travelling.
Places of worship
Bury has a diverse, multi-faith community. The Bury Directory has links to places of worship throughout the borough.