They come for the privilege and prestige of a British university experience, promised an education at world-class institutions. And they pay a hefty price. Fees for international students are often more than £10,000 a year.
But we’ve discovered Covid has left huge numbers of them queueing up for food banks, crammed into terrible accommodation, trying to study online while sharing rooms with four or five others and feeling totally abandoned by their universities.
The problem has become so acute that one food bank in east London now caters solely for international students.