Before you arrive

Prepare for success

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to study with us. To make sure you get a competitive edge before you join in September, we’re offering a completely free virtual preparation course to help you prepare.

You’ll have access to helpful resources and useful online sessions to introduce you to this new study environment. From discovering new study structures and academic skills, to a look at UK culture, you’ll be ready to start your programme knowing your personal learning outcomes.

Confirm your place with us by paying your confirmation fees and the first £6000 of your tuition fees and we’ll email you an invitation to join us for 100 hours of virtual preparation, including:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

Before you arrive

To help you prepare for your time at Lancaster, we have produced a useful guide to help you settle in.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Arriving in January? Download your induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Lancaster University ISC. 

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your place with us

Visit our fees page to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

Arrange your visa

You must have a UK study visa to join the International Study Centre. Contact us if you have any questions and we will be able to help you with this process.

Confirm your accommodation

Having a place to live when you arrive is important. Our Accommodation Team will be able to help you with this.

Book your flights

As soon as you receive your visa, you can book your flights. The closest international airport to Lancaster is Manchester.

Organise your insurance

Make sure you have health, medical and personal insurance to cover your stay in the UK. You can find out about StudyCare insurance if you need more guidance.

What to pack

  • Your passport and visa
  • UKVI Decision Letter
  • International Study Centre offer letter
  • CAS statement
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
  • Accommodation documents
  • Four passport-sized photographs
  • Insurance documents (unless you are covered by StudyCare)
  • Medical certificates and vaccination records

If you take any prescription medication, bring your prescriptions with you translated into English. You should also bring any essential toiletries you may need for your flight or first few days. Any other medications and toiletries can be purchased once you arrive in Lancaster.

  • It is always useful to carry a small amount of British money on your person. A good amount to bring with you for your arrival is £50.
  • As an international student, it it could idea to bring a travel adapter with you. This will allow you to immediately use the electronics you brought from your home country.
  • There will be the opportunity to use university computers on campus, but having your own computer will allow you to study whenever is convenient for you. You can always buy a computer in Lancaster after you arrive.
  • If you are under 18 years old, you should also bring your Guardianship letter.

Things to know

Two international students in a coffee shop

Moving to a new country can be a nerve-wracking experience, so get to know the city of Lancaster better before you arrive.

Your first week

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

Join us online

Ready to access over 100 hours of virtual preparation? Pay towards your fees now to get started. Find out more about the virtual preparation programme

Arrive on time

For students starting in January, term starts on Monday 6th of January, 2020.

Please arrive on time to start your induction at 09.00 am at the International Study Centre.

Pre-arrival guide

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

Campus map

Easily find your way around.

Continue preparing for your arrival in Lancaster with our helpful blogs

Your first week

A group of international students outside of the castle in Lancaster

If you’re wondering about what may happen during your first week at Lancaster, read our guide to making the most out of your orientation experience.

Feeling homesick

An international student on the Lancaster University campus

Studying abroad is a new and exciting time – but it is completely normal to also have feelings of homesickness as well.

Improve your English

Two international students in the library at Lancaster University

Although living abroad will improve your English language abilities, you can always get a head start on improving your English before you arrive.

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.