Pre-departure preparation


Once you have applied for your course and have received an offer there is a lot to arrange before you come to university to ensure you have a smooth start to your studies.

Check list for before you arrive:
1. Apply for your VISA to study in the UK.
2. Apply for a room in halls of residence, or find a room in private accommodation.
3. Book a place for your university airport pick up.
4. Apply for scholarships and funding if applicable.
5. Plan your onward journey from the airport if you are not taking advantage of the airport pick up.
6. Gather official documents that you may need whilst you are here (eg school and medical certificates).
7. Take out travel insurance.

What to pack and not to pack
Check the limit to how much you can carry on your flight and remember most things can be purchased when you get here. During the summer (June-August), the temperature can range from 14 to 30 degrees and during the winter the temperature can range from 1 to 5 degrees. The climate in the UK is variable so you will need clothes for cold weather as well as for warmer temperatures.

Essential things to pack:
1. Clothing and shoes for all seasons, including comfortable shoes and an umbrella.
2. Medications - attach a note from your doctor for medicine.
3. Universal power adaptors - necessary for using foreign electrical goods.
4. Favourite photos of friends and family, posters and pictures - some items to make you feel at home in your new room.
5. Important school work and reference books that will be useful for your studies here.
6. Important documents - also photocopy and scan your plane tickets, passport, visa, birth certificate and home country driving licence if possible.

What not to pack:
Food - there are strict rules for importing food from overseas, especially fresh meat and vegatables.

What should I carry in my hand luggage?
1. Valid passport (plus UK student visa) or national card if from EU.
2. All correspondence from the university, including your unconditional offer letter and accommodation contract letter.
3. Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter if applicable.
4. Enough money (in pounds sterling) for the first couple of weeks.
5. Health certificates, including vaccination records.
6. Any insurance documents.