Before you arrive

Before you arrive

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. We have created a useful guide and compiled a list below of the top three most frequently asked questions.

For students starting in October, the term starts on Monday, 1st October 2018. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 09.00 am at the Biology Lecture Theatre (LEC). 

Find out about visas

Most non-European nationals need a Tier 4 or Short-term study visa. Our Admissions Centre will help you and provide the documents you need. To find out more about the type of visa you need, please visit

Britain is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding British etiquette and slang to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends.

It won’t take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you.

The UK is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want

Top tips for studying in the UK

Pre-arrival guide

A useful guide with information on what to do before you arrive.

Campus map

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