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  1. City Study Abroad Programme
  2. New Starters - Spring
  3. Arriving in the UK
International students

Arriving in the UK

For Study Abroad students your first day at City will be 16 January 2019 and we recommend you arrive a few days before to acclimatise and to settle into your accommodation.

The UK Border

Whether you arrive at one of London's airports or by Eurostar train you will need to pass through the UK Border where your right to enter the UK will be judged.

Holders of EU passports or EU ID cards can use the dedicated UK/EU passport gates.

Students from outside the EU arriving on a Short Term Study Visa will need to show:

  • Passport
  • Your letter from City saying you are a Short Term Study student
  • Evidence of your finances or financial support
  • Evidence that you intend to leave at the end of the Study Abroad Programme (i.e. you return ticket and information from your home institution)

Information for full year students arriving on Tier 4 visas can find out more information here.

Students travelling on a Short Term Study Visa from the USA are advised to book direct flights to the UK and not transfer in the Republic of Ireland, please contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.

Getting to your accommodation

City doesn't provide a meet and greet service, however your home institution may have a preferred service for you to use or arrange this for you.  A list of City recommended travel providers can be found here.  Although a little more expensive we recommend you book an airport transfer in advance on your first visit to the UK.

Students living in Liberty Court or Liberty Hall should make their way directly to the accommodation and the reception staff will be happy to settle you in.  There is no need to book an arrival time as the reception is open 24/7.  You'll be sent more information about arrival in early January.

Study Abroad students at Liberty Court and Liberty Hall will have the following in their room and/or kitchen:

  • Bed sheet
  • Duvet (comforter) and cover
  • Pillow and cover
  • Plate, bowl and one set of cutlery
  • Cup/mug and glass
  • Cooking pots and pans (shared)
  • Refrigerator (shared)
  • Oven, hob and microwave (shared)

The main item we don't provide are towels, so you might want to bring at least one towel with you so you are able to shower when you arrive!

Students in Liberty Court will have a single study bedroom in an apartment of five study abroad students sharing one kitchen and two shower rooms.  Students in Liberty Hall will have a single study en-suite bedroom sharing one kitchen/lounge space.  (Please note that the fees provided on those links are for full-year and not semester students).

Settling in

We recommend that you arrive a few days before orientation, especially if you do not regularly travel long distances.  In your room (Liberty Court and Liberty Hall only) we will provide you with information about the local area so that you can explore and we encourage you to come into the office to let us know that you have arrived!