Who to notify that you will be late
You don't need to notify UK Visas about your latest date for registration. Although you cannot see it, it is confirmed in your CAS.
We do advise that you notify your school or department that you will be late so that you can obtain any reading materials or advice necessary to pick up your studies smoothly on arrival.
Travelling to Nottingham
As you will be arriving at the University independently, please refer to our guidance notes on the various ways to travel to Nottingham
University campus maps
To make your way around the University on arrival to Nottingham easily, please refer to our maps and directions.
First steps when you arrive
If you are new to Nottingham and you missed the Welcome Programme, please download our useful New to Nottingham postcard which summarises the first steps you need to take on arrival to the University. You can also read more about the key steps under the headings on this page.
Before you arrive, you should complete online registration at portal.nottingham.ac.uk. This can be undertaken from 21 days before the course start date.
The top priority when you arrive, if you are a new full-time student, is to confirm your attendance in person. As someone who is arriving after the start of their course, you should complete your registration at your nearest Student Service Centre located across the University .
International students need to show their passport and visa at registration. Only students holding a visa valid for study at The University of Nottingham will be permitted to register.
Where possible, if you are required to collect you Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) on arrival to the UK, you should do this before completing registration in person. The BRP will usually be collected from the Central Service Centre at Cherry Tree Lodge, University Park Campus, but please refer to instructions given on the letter issued with your 30 day entry visa.
Next, contact your department to obtain your timetable and begin your studies.
Some students (depending on nationality) are required to register with the police within seven days of their arrival in the UK. If you need to register with the police it will be stated on your immigration document, that being your visa/entry clearance, letter informing you of a grant of leave (visa) or BRP. Local police station representatives are available on campus.
Opening a bank account
You must have completed your University registration before you can request a bank letter needed for the opening of a UK bank account.
Once you have completed your University registration, please follow the instructions to request a bank letter online here. Please direct any questions about your bank letter to the Student Services Centre.
Santander has a branch at University Park Campus but if you prefer to open an account with an off-campus bank (such as NatWest, Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC) then you can do so, and there are braches located close to campus, in the nearby areas.
Registering with the health service
The NHS doctors at The University of Nottingham Health Service have a very large catchment area, so you may find this is the easiest practice to register with. Check the map on their website for more information. You can also find out more about registering with the University of Nottingham Health Service on their website too.
Because you will be arriving after your course start date and the Welcome Programme, please go to The University of Nottingham Health Centre to register. This is located at no.19 on the University Park Campus map. To register you need to take your university offer letter confirming the duration of your course, along with proof of where you live. You will be asked to fill in some forms and you may be invited to have a simple medical examination.
Details of all NHS doctors are available on the
For more information please read the questions and answers below and refer to our detailed guidance notes: Using health services in the UK
Collecting your University Card
Full information on the University Card is given here.
Before you arrive, you can upload your photograph via the above link to ensure that your card is ready and waiting either at your University accommodation (if applicable) or at the Student Service Centre nearest to your academic department.
Setting up your IT facilities
Information about how students can access the University's IT systems in given in clear, easy to follow steps on the IT services website. This includes the setting up of your university email and access to the network.
Before you arrive and particularly if you are delayed, you should ensure that you complete as many steps as you can, to make your transition as smooth as possible on arrival.
Further advice and support from the University
Our International Office and our Immigration Advisers have a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist you both prior to your departure and once on you arrive in Nottingham.
If you want to contact our International Office by email, telephone or in person, please refer to our International Office contact information.
If you want to contact with our Visa and Immigration Team specifically, please visit our webpage on contacting an Immigration Adviser.