Pre-arrival information for students on a visa

Travelling to the UK

Please remember to carry the following with you when travelling to the UK:

  • Passport
  • Decision letter with details of where you will collect your Biometric Residence Permit (if applicable)
  • Details of where you will be staying (for e.g. accommodation contract, hotel reservation etc.)
  • Any medical documentation or records

The Home Office has published some general guidance on travelling to the UK which you can find on their website: Student Arrivals: Top 10 Tips (pdf)

Collecting Your Biometric Residence

Permit If you made an application outside the UK for a visa 6 months or longer, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit after you arrive. You must do this within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. 

You must bring your passport and BRP to the Visa Check in order for us to register you for your programme.


If you encounter any difficulties at the UK border, please contact the Visa Enquiries Team at or on  +44(0)20 7299 4820 as soon as possible for assistance.