Before you arrive

Whether you are coming to the UK for the first time for a short period or you have visited before, the International Student Support Office can help you with what you need to do before you arrive and when you get here as a new international student.

Read on for our top tips you’ll need to think about before you arrive on campus. 

Make sure you know where you plan to stay when you arrive at the University. You can apply to live in university owned or managed accommodation (sometimes refers to as 'halls of residence' or 'halls'), or accommodation in the 'private' sector, where the university does not manage or organise this for you. 

Speak to the Accommodation teams for help on finding accommodation:

Study Abroad, International Exchange and Erasmus students (Exeter and Cornwall)

Exeter campuses (Streatham and St Lukes)

Cornwall campuses (Penryn and Truro)

If you are a non-EU/EEA student, you will require a visa to study in the UK. Applying for a visa is a lengthy process, so make sure you apply in plenty of time.

Most students will require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study, but if you are coming for less than 6 months, you may have the option of applying for a Short-term Study visa. See our Applying for a Visa pages for detailed information, including advice on application forms and a list of supporting documents required.

Once you have work out how you will pay for your visa, you will also want to think about your living costs in the UK. Our International Student Guide gives you some idea of the costs you can expect.

You will also want to ensure you have enough cash (British pounds) to last you until you are able to open a bank account. See our advice on bank accounts here.

There are several ways to get to campus from all the major airports and ports in the UK, including our Airport Collection Service in September.

The International Student Guide includes information on train and coach travel options from Gatwick & Heathrow. You might also want to explore the options of flying to Exeter, Bristol or Newquay airport.

Full directions to our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, together with campus maps, are available in our Maps and directions section.

If you are in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your application. This entitles you to access the NHS within the UK.

Students on a short course of 6 months or less are not entitled to access the NHS, and should ensure you have adequate private medical insurance to access healthcare whilst you are in the country.

If you are an EU/EEA student or Swiss national you need to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or private medical insurance before coming to the UK. 

See our webpages for further information about healthcare in the UK.

International Student Guide

Read our handy guide full of tips to help you plan before you arrive on campus.

Global Chums mentoring

Find out about our Global Chums mentoring scheme on your campus.

Living in the UK

Prepare for life in the UK by checking out our student blogs, Instagram, or our 'Living in the UK' pages.