Pre-departure checklist


Before you leave...

Before you leave your home country to study as an international student at The University of Nottingham, there are a number of things you must ensure you have done:

  • formally notify the University that you have accepted your place
  • make your advance tuition fee deposit payment if required
  • make accommodation arrangements
  • confirm your financial arrangements to cover tuition fees and living costs
  • refer to our visa application guidance and apply for your Tier 4 student visa
International student vlogger Michelle shares advice on travel preparations
  • get any relevant travel vaccinations – for more information, see our guide Using health services in the UK PDF format
  • arrange enough money (in cash or travellers cheques) to cover your living expenses for the first week or two – remember that you will be unable to open a UK bank account until you have completed University registration

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.

Pack your suitcase...

When you pack for your journey to the UK, think about what you will most need or want to have with you, and make sure you don't end up struggling with more luggage than you can manage. Remember that it will be your responsibility to get your bags from the airport to the University, which may mean getting on and off a coach or train with them, so don't pack more than you can carry.

We advise students travelling internationally not to bring bedding and kitchenware from home as these will take up a lot of space in your luggage and they are things that you can easily buy in Nottingham. If you will stay in campus accommodation, you may be able to purchase bedding packs through the University's online store.

Bring some warm and waterproof clothing for when you arrive, such as a sweater and a light jacket, as it may be much cooler in the UK than at home. It's a good idea to check an online weather forecast for the UK before you travel so you know what kind of weather to expect on arrival.

But don't spend a fortune on bulky winter clothing before travelling – you can find plenty of affordable warm clothing for sale in the UK.


Carry in your hand luggage...

On your departure from your home country to the UK, please ensure you have these items in your hand luggage:

  • passport and visa
  • flight tickets and any other travel documents
  • University documents
  • cash or travellers cheques or debit/credit cards
  • evidence of financial support for fees and maintenance
  • evidence of TB screening if this was required as part of your visa process
  • travel insurance
  • six passport-sized photos for registration with different services
  • accommodation details
  • some warm clothes for when you arrive in the UK (see above)

Michaelle's advice on what to put in your hand luggage

When you arrive in the UK, Immigration Officers at the airport may ask to see your university documents and ask you simple questions about your studies. See arriving in the UK for further information.

Useful links

International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155
e: Email us