Arriving at the University


To help ensure that your arrival in the UK goes as smoothly as possible, we wanted to make you aware of things you need to get through the UK border as securely and quickly as possible.

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

The following advice for how to prepare for arriving in the UK has been provided by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) specifically for students.

Arriving in the UK

Arriving at a UK airport

  • 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:

    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. 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.
  • Never give false or misleading information - including forged or counterfeit documents - to an Immigration Officer.
  • Have the details of your university CAS in your hand luggage that you carry with you on to the aircraft. If you don't have your CAS number to hand, please bring thorough details of your course of study.
  • Check the restrictions on food products that you can bring to the UK from outside the European Union. Restrictions apply to products made from meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark), even for personal use.
  • 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.
  • Do not bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, firearms (including realistic imitations), offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the conditions of your visa including the number of hours you are allowed to work.
  • 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 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.

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

Travelling to Nottingham

The International Office runs a coach pick-up service for new international students from Heathrow Airport on the first day of the Welcome Programme in September each year. 

We have information available that covers all aspects of travelling independently to Nottingham for students arriving on different dates or at different airports.  


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 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