Checklist for new students

All students 

International students 

If you are an international student, you should also: 

  • Review our international applicant pages for full details about arrival and quarantine, vaccination and testing and pre-sessional English for full details about arrival and quarantine, vaccination and testing and pre-sessional English. 
  • Check and renew your passport if necessary so it is valid for travel to the UK.  Since the UK left the EU there are different rules about travelling on EU ID cards and from 1 October 2021 you are only able to travel to and from the UK on an EU ID card if you hold Pre-Settled or Settled status.  
  • Apply for your visa – If you will spend more than 6 months in the UK, you will need to apply for a student visa unless you are from the European Economic Area or a Swiss student who has obtained Pre-Settled or Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. It can take a long time to get a Student visa and delays are expected in Visa Application Centres overseas. You can apply for you visa overseas up to 6months before the start of your course and 3 months before your course starts in the UK. If you require ATAS or a TB Certificate you should obtain these before you submit your visa application. Your offer letter will tell you if you need to apply for an ATAS certificate. When you apply for a tier 4 visa, you’ll be required to pay an immigration healthcare surcharge which will give you access to the UK’s National Health Service. You will also be able to choose if you want to collect your biometric residence permit from the university or a local post office on arrival. It is easier to collect it from the university during visa checkpoint and we will let you know when it has arrived.
  • Get British currency for use during the first few days or weeks (around £1,500).
  • Register with the police when you arrive.
  • Get an GHIC card, if you’re coming from an EU country, which provides sickness insurance.  Please note this only applies if you intend to spend less than 6 months in the UK. If you have applied for a Student visa you will have paid an IHS which will entitled you to use the UK’s NHS which is free at the point of use for most treatments.  
  • 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.
  • Buy tickets and travel insurance.
  • Research banking in the UK and see if your bank can help you to arrange a UK bank account.