Before you arrive

Pre-departure information

Preparing to move to a new country can be one of the most exciting and scariest things to do. The International Office has produced a step-by-step pre-departure brochure to help guide you through those few weeks prior to departing your home country and moving to the UK.

The faculty and department that you will be studying in also organises first week activities for you. Please read carefully the information for new students on the Getting Started webpages.

Download a printable version of the International Pre-Departure Booklet (available soon).

The British Council has also written a pre-departure guide for International Students coming to the UK to study called First Steps.

Once you’ve been accepted onto your course the International Office will send you weekly emails which will start around 6 weeks before you arrive and will cover the following:

  • Introduction and standard arrival dates.
  • The Global Friends scheme and our social media links.
  • What to bring, campus life, local area guide & term dates.
  • International student orientation week
  • Airport meet and greet service & free transportation to campus.

Booking your flights

We have standard International Student arrival dates so new students can take advantage of our airport meet and greet service and free transportation to campus.

Before you book your flight please ensure you are aware when our two International Student arrival dates are, these will be emailed to you or can obtained by emailing

When booking your flight you should ensure that you enter the UK through one of the recognised immigration points, for example, Liverpool or Manchester airports.

You should ensure that you do not book flights that travel through the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man as you will not get the correct visa stamp in your passport.

Meet and greet service

Here in the International Office we want your arrival in the UK to be as stress-free as possible.  This is why we will ensure someone is at the airport to meet you. They will also be able to help you with any queries you may have in the airport.

If you are arriving on one of our International student arrival dates then a member of staff and student assistants will be there to meet you and show you to your free transportation which will bring to campus where staff/students will assist you to your accommodation.

If you are arriving outside of our standard arrival dates then we will be happy to book you a taxi from the airport and ensure the driver meets you when you arrive.

Alternatively you are welcome to make your own way to campus if you want to, please just let us know details of your arrival so we can ensure everything is in place for you.