Preparing to move to the UK
Making the decision to come and study with us in the UK is an exciting one and of course, it is important to be prepared for your new adventure. There are a few things we advise you to consider, to make your transition into UK life as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
- Prepare all of your relevant travel and University documents in plenty of time- make sure you have read all of the information about your visa requirements carefully.
- Ensure you hold an up to date passport and have the necessary health insurance.
- It is important to arrange accommodation before you travel to the UK, for the first few weeks at least. BPP University does not have its own halls of residence, however we have agreements with most major providers across the country, so we are able to recommend the perfect place for you to stay. Our accommodation guide is available to download from the BPP Students Association website.
WHAT TO BRING:
- It is tempting to bring everything you own “just in case”- remember airlines will charge for heavy baggage, and you will need to carry it!
- We don’t advise carrying large sums of currency with you, just enough to cover your first two weeks in the UK – no more than £250. It is safer to bring large sums of money in travellers’ cheques which can be cashed in banks, post offices and airports, but there can be a charge for this. Check with your bank that your debit/ credit cards will work in the UK.
- Mobile phones can be costly to bring abroad, so ask your current network provider if they offer an international plan. Pay as you go sim cards are available in the UK and Skype is a cost effective way to call home.
- It isn’t necessary to bring food as most can be found here- there are also customs restrictions on products brought into the UK.
- The weather in the UK can be very variable. It is a good idea to bring a selection of clothes that you can wear in layers (that way you can add or remove layers depending on temperature). We recommend you bring some warm outer clothing and a waterproof coat or umbrella. Hats, gloves and scarves, as well as thick socks, are essential in the winter but can be bought at a reasonable price in the UK.
- Seek advice before you travel on public/ private transport options so you arrive at your destination safely.
ARRIVING IN THE UK:
- Good healthcare is very important, and it is best to register with a Doctor as soon as you can after arriving in the UK. In order to register you will need to provide your new UK address.
- The UK is a multi-faith society, where all major religions are practiced and celebrated. In large towns and cities, you will find churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras and other places of worship, so if you worship regularly in your home country, you can continue to do so in the UK.
- Allow yourself plenty of time to adjust to your new environment. You may encounter differences in clothes, food, language, social roles and behaviour- this is completely normal. Do not hesitate to ask for support from your Student Advisors or Personal Tutors on any of these issues.
- The BPP Student Association run events and societies for all kinds of interests including sport, politics, the arts, and general social events. It is a good idea to get involved as a way of making friends and meeting others with similar interests to yourself.
Once your BPP University application has been confirmed, you will receive a detailed Pre-Arrival Guide to help you plan everything you need. We are here to help! If you have any questions that haven’t been covered, or would like to talk to BPP University,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org call: +44 (0) 207 430 7065
Or visit: http://www.bpp.com/bpp-university/international