Before you arrive

New international students

Pre-arrival information

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. To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.

Download the pre-arrival guide.

For students starting in January, term starts on Tuesday, 3 January. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 10am at the International Study Centre.

Term dates for January 2017 start 

Term 1: 03/01/2017 - 24/03/2017
Term 2: 10/04/2017 - 23/06/2017
Term 3: 26/06/2017 - 11/08/2017

Living in the UK

Life on campus will be different from what you are used to and we’re sure you’ll have many questions. We’ve compiled a list of the top three most frequently asked below, together with our answers.

Q: What’s it like to live in the UK? 

A: 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. 

Q: How will I meet people and make friends?

A: 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. 

Q: Will I be able to find food from my home country? 

A: 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.

Advice from UK study buddies