Checklist for new students

All students 

International students 

If you are an international student, you should also: 

  • Apply for your visa – You need a tier 4 visa to study in the UK if you are spending more than six months here and are from outside the European Union or European Economic Area. It can take a long time to get a visa – you can apply for one up to three months before the start of your course. When you apply for a tier 4 visa, you’ll be required to pay a healthcare surcharge. This will give you access to the UK’s National Health Service. You can also say if you want to collect your biometric residence permit from the university or post office on arrival.
  • Get British currency for use during the first few days or weeks (around £1,500).
  • Register with the police when you arrive.
  • Get an EHIC card, if you’re coming from an EU country, which provides sickness insurance.
  • Get a letter from a doctor for any prescribed medication you need to bring with you.
  • Bring 12 weeks’ worth of medication with you, if you are taking it on a long-term basis.
  • Get a tuberculosis test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in a listed country.
  • Buy tickets and travel insurance.
  • Research banking in the UK and see if your bank can help you to arrange a UK bank account.