Travelling to the UK

 

  • Make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations and bring a copy of any ongoing prescription medications you are supposed to take.

  • Medical insurance documents (if you have them).

  • All the relevant addresses and contact details of your new campus.

  • All the relevant travel documents
    • Passport 
    • Acceptance letter from your university should you get asked for it at immigration.

With all this in mind, there are some things that need to be taken into account when traveling aside from what you need to bring with you. Here are some tips to ensure a smoother journey.<span id="cke_bm_128C" none;"=""> 

  • Familiarize yourself with the public transport routes you will need to travel to get from the airport to your campus beforehand so you do not get lost. Also make sure that you bring enough money to cover the costs of transport when you arrive. Nearly all airports have ATM machines and at least one currency exchange desk so this should not really be an issue.

  • Once you have arrived, if you are in doubt of where you need to go, look for a tourist information desk that can help you along your way. Every airport has at least one. Alternatively you can approach anyone who is in a position of authority such as airport security or a police officer who can point you in the right direction.

  • Read up on what items constitute as contraband while traveling. The last thing you need is to be stopped and found in position of items such as cigarette lighters, unknown liquids or aerosol sprays in your hand luggage. 

  • Make sure you are aware of other restricted items that you are not allowed to bring into the UK. If you are bringing home foods with you, make sure none of them contain meat, dairy or nut products as these are not allowed to be brought into the UK. If you are found carrying such items, they will be confiscated and you might end up having to pay a penalty fine.

  • Know how many pieces of luggage you are allowed and the weight limits so you do not get surprised at the check in desk with excess weight charges.

  • Allow plenty of time! Airports are very busy places so some delays can be expected.

  • The UK is not the warmest of places; do not underestimate how cold it can get during the nights and in the winter season. Make sure you pack appropriately.

  • When you arrive in the UK and start to settle, you will want to open a local bank account. However this can take from 10-15 working days to finalize. So make sure you either bring enough currency to tide you over until then or be sure to inform your banks back home to expect some activity from abroad. This will avoid the banks assuming that your cards have been lost or stolen because of unusual activity.

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