Visas and Immigration for study in the UK

When you arrive

Arriving in a new country can be scary. To help you settle in, we have written some guidance on what we think you'll need to know when you first arrive, so all you need to do is enjoy the journey!

When you arrive in the UK for study, there are a number of things that you will need to do. Firstly, we recommend that you read our guidance on arriving at the UK border to be sure that you are prepared for your arrival to the airport.

Once you have entered the UK, you should make sure to attend the International Student Welcome Programme if possible, as this will give you an introduction to the university and help you to find your feet.

You may need to register with the police on arrival - this depends on your nationality. If you are holding a Tier 4 visa in your passport, you'll also need to collect your BRP visa card once you have arrived.

It's also really important to make sure that you register with a doctor's surgery when you arrive. We've explained this and given many other suggestions in our arrival tips.

Arriving at the UK Border

What to do when you arrive at the airport and how to get to the university

International Welcome Programme

Find out about our welcome events for international students

Arrival Tips

Helpful reminder of things you should do when you get to the UK

Collecting your BRP

How and where to collect your Biometric Residence Permit when you arrive

Registering with the Police

Find out about police registration and if it applies to you

The information on this page is correct at the time of writing. Whilst we try to make sure the information we provide is accurate, immigration policy changes frequently. You should therefore always refer to the official gov.uk website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration