Arriving in the UK


To help ensure that your arrival in the UK goes as smoothly as possible, this page contains some important information about what you will need to get through the UK border as securely and quickly as possible.

We also want to provide you with some information on how to get to Nottingham once you arrive in the UK.

Please also refer to our pre-departure checklist for guidance on packing for your journey to the UK, including what to take in your hand luggage.

For information on what you to do when you arrive in the UK, see our registration and transition pages.

Arriving in the UK

Arriving at a UK airport

The following advice for how to prepare for arriving in the UK is adapted from guidance provided by Border Force, the UK's border control officials, and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) specifically for students:

  • Make a note of your UK accommodation details including the address and a telephone number and carry this in your hand luggage. This information will be required when you complete your landing card on arrival in the UK. Alternatively you can provide the main University address and International Office telephone number on your landing card:

    The University of Nottingham
    University Park
    NG7 2RD
    +44 (0)115 951 5247
  • Complete your landing card before you meet the Immigration Officer in the UK (if you are a non-EEA national). Landing cards are usually handed out on the aircraft before you arrive in the UK.
  • Have your passport ready and remove it from any protective wallet before you present it to an Immigration Officer. You should also take off your sunglasses or hat if you are wearing any.
  • Keep a printed copy of your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in your hand luggage. If you don't have a CAS, please bring details of your course of study (e.g. an offer letter). This must be in paper copy or print-out (not an electronic copy on your tablet or phone).
  • Keep any recent bank statements, medical documentation (if applicable) and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage, as Border Force may ask to see this information.
  • Expect Border Force officers to ask simple questions about your stay in the UK when you arrive at passport control.
  • Never give false or misleading information - including forged or counterfeit documents - to an Immigration Officer.
  • If you will be arriving to start your course in September you may find there are dedicated student lanes at some UK airports so watch out for these when you arrive.

Import restrictions

  • Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the European Union (EU). There are restrictions on traditional medicines, food products such as fish, eggs and honey, and some fruit, vegetables and plants (including bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).
  • Do not bring in endangered plants or animals – this includes ivory, skins, hides and shells and any products made from them.
  • Check the restrictions on the amount of goods you can bring in the UK such as tobacco, alcohol and gifts. If you exceed your allowances all of your goods can be taken away from you.
  • Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, firearms (including realistic imitations), offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material.
  • You must declare any sums of cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

If you would like further information on any of the above please check the UK Visa and Immigration website.

Late arrivals

If you will be unable to arrive in time for the start date of your course, see our guidance on late arrivals for some important information about arriving late.

You must arrive before the final registration deadline and must not travel to the UK if you will be unable to do so.

Travelling to Nottingham

Nottingham has excellent train and bus links with major cities and airport locations including London, Birmingham and Manchester. See our leaflet on travelling to NottinghamPDF formatfor further information.

Airport coach service

Working in partnership with the national coach service, National Express, we deliver a bespoke service from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports to Nottingham at a discounted rate for all students who will be arriving into the UK from overseas.

If you are attending the Welcome Programme, you can book the service direct to University Park Campus. Alternatively, you can travel into Nottingham city centre.

For information on local bus and tram connections within Nottingham, and on arriving by road, see our visitor information webpages.

See our tips for when you arrive - these have been written by our support staff and current students to help you make the most of your first few days at Nottingham.

International Student Recruitment

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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