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Welcome to the UK: information for international students

Studying and living in a foreign country should be an exciting time. Here are the first things that you will want to do when you arrive.

1. Collect your visa

If you have been issued a 90-day travel vignette and are required to collect your visa (Biometric Residence Permit) from the University or a local post office, you should do this within 10 days* of arriving in the UK.  If you are required to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK, you must wait until you have completed your quarantine period before you collect your BRP.

*Please note if you requested your BRP to be delivered to the University you will receive an email when it is ready for collection.   This may be longer than 10 days after your arrival to the UK as it takes time to process the BRP before we can make it available for collection.   You will not be able to collect it from the University until after you have received that email.

Biometric Residence Permit

2. Register on your course

You will have been provided with information on how to register for your course. That information can be found on your joining instructions portal.

3. Register with the police

Some international students are required to register with the police upon their arrival in the UK. If you are required to register with the police, your visa will contain:

"Please register with the Police within 7 days"

Register with the police

4. Open a bank account

One of the first things that you will want to do is open a bank account so you have a safe place to store your money and can receive funds from your friends and family abroad.

Open a bank account

5. Register with a doctor

It is important that you register with a doctor in case you have any health problems while you are in the UK. 

Register with a doctor

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