International study at the University of Brighton

Prepare for your arrival

Before you get here

Here are a few key things you should try to do before you arrive at university.

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There is information for all our new students in our new student guide, along with a check list of things to do before you get to university. We have also included below an extra list for international students of things you should be thinking about before you leave for the UK:

  • Check your immigration requirements and if you need to, apply for your student visa. Visit our visas page for more information.
  • Book a place on our free international orientation programme.
  • Apply for university accommodation by the deadline (20 June 2014 for EU students and 8 August 2014 for overseas). If required, arrange private accommodation.
  • Make a budget. The international student calculator has interactive tools to help you plan a budget, along with information on the average prices of food, transport and utility bills in the UK.
  • Prepare for the transition to the UK academic system. Prepare for Success is an interactive web resource which allows you to get ready to come to the UK for study. It has sections on independent study, critical thinking, academic writing, and much more.
  • Read all of the pre-arrival information from the university so you know what is happening when and where during your first few days.
  • Plan how you will get from the airport to your accommodation or campus – we have information on travelling to the UK to help you do this.
  • Make Friends - before you arrive in the UK, you might want to post on University of Brighton New Students Facebook page to see if there is anyone else on your course or campus who will be arriving at the same time as you.
  • Find out more about living in the UK and UK customs and culture.
  • If you have a disability of any kind, we strongly recommend you contact the Disability and Dyslexia Team who can discuss how we can support you in your studies.
  • Get vaccinated before you arrive.
  • Get organised with your paperwork – passport photos, acceptance letter, CAS letter, VISA, passport, qualifications and bring them with you.
  • Bring money - to ensure you have resources should your money be delayed/before you get access to your bank account.

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