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Many students from countries outside the European Union will need a visa to study in the United Kingdom. Some students may need to apply for the visa before entering the UK. Others can enter the UK and then apply for a student visa once in London. Please check which category your home country falls into.

After receiving payment of all the requested fees the college will send the student a CAS Statement. This letter contains a unique CAS number, start date and duration of the course, expected arrival date in the UK (if applicable), the total invoice amount for the student`s programmed of study and the amount paid to the college.

Upon receiving your CAS Statement take it along with all relevant documents to the nearest visa application center in your home country or to the UK Home Office if applying after entering the UK.

Students cannot start their course until a visa has been issued so you must allow enough time for the application to be processed. For the latest information, visit www.ukvisas.gov.u

Life in London

London is a city of color and contrasts, of ancient history and 21st century modernity. It is a melting point for all world nationalities as they are all represented here. London has been one of the world`s great cities for much of its history. Over the centuries, London has been home to Shakespeare and Karl Marx, the Rolling Stones and Haydn, and hundreds of other renowned thinkers, artists, musicians and leaders.

Nowhere in the world can rival London as a place to study. It has a combination of academic excellence, a rich artistic and cultural heritage and is positioned at the center of global business. London also has a diversity and vibrancy that means that anyone from anywhere can feel at home here. This is the reason why more international students study here then anywhere else in the world, including other popular cities such as New York.

With over 300 hundred languages spoken here, there are very few communities that are not represented. As a London student there are many international festivals held, that you can participate in including Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid. The city’s cultural richness means that whether your interest is music, art, film or sport, there is something for everyone.

Travelling around London is very simple. There are many forms of travel; trains, tubes, buses, coaches, river boats, taxis and trams. Transport in London is at the forefront of public services.

There are many interconnecting links, with many alternative routes to reach the same venue and it is virtually impossible to get lost in London. Transport is fast, clean and regular. The tubes start running at 6 am and finish after 12 midnight. Buses continue throughout the night. Coaches are a cheaper alternative for long distance travel particularly for out of London excursions. Ticket prices can be expensive, but there are many discounts available for various categories of travelers. Students are entitled to 30% discount on all public transport in greater London. There are also weekend travel cards and off peak prices as well as family discounts.

It is not advisable to travel by car in London particularly in central regions due to the large volume of vehicles within the city, in some cases journeys can take far longer than trains and tubes, it is also far more expensive.

Pre Arrival Information

Health Care

Students on Courses of Six Months or More

Whatever your nationality or immigration status, if you are on a course lasting six months or more you can get free treatment from the National Health Service (NHS), including free examination and hospital treatment, from the beginning of your stay. Register with a GP as soon as possible.

Students on Courses of Less than Six Months

If you are on a course of less than six months, you should take out private health insurance.

EU/EEA/Swiss on Courses of Less than Six Months

Before leaving home get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own national health authority – this provides treatment for all illnesses.

 

Register with a Doctor

In the UK, non-emergencies are dealt with in a surgery by a doctor known as a General Practitioner (GP). You need to register with a doctor before you are treated. All students should register with a doctor as soon as they arrive in London. You need to find the closest surgery to your place of stay and contact them for an appointment to register. Needless to say in emergencies all persons are treated equally, so there is no need to worry unduly.

Banking in United Kingdom

We will help you to open a bank account by issuing a request letter on your behalf. Most of the students open bank accounts the following banks: Lloyds, NatWest or Barclays.

To open a UK bank account you will need:

• Passport

• Letter of acceptance or Certificate of Registration from the College Proof of your UK address,

• Proof of your overseas address In some cases banks will accept your Student Status (registration letter) as proof of your two addresses. It’s a good idea to have proof of your bank account at home.

Police Registration

International students whose passports contain a stamp telling them to register with the police should do so within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

Students living in Greater London should go to:

The Overseas Visitors’ Records Office

180 Borough High Street

London SE1 1LH

Tel: 020 7230 1208 for recorded information

Mondays – Fridays 9.00 – 16.00

(nearest tube station is Borough on the Northern Line)

Students living outside London should go to their nearest police station.

After registration

The police will give you your ‘Police Registration Certificate’.

Keep this safe and use it when you re-enter the UK or apply to renew your student visa. If you are ever asked to produce it, you will have 48 hours to do so. Every time you change address, please inform your local police station within 7 days of the new address so that they can change your Certificate.

Student Oyster Card

Students can save money on travelling around London by getting a Student Oyster card. The card gives you discounts on weekly, monthly and annual tickets for travel on the Underground, buses and trains in London.

A Student Oyster card costs £10.

Applications for Student Oyster cards must be made online at the Transport for London website. You will need to upload a photo when you apply for your card.

It is important you check whether you are eligible for a Student Oyster card before you apply for it, as not all students will be eligible for a card.

Accommodation Options

Student Hostels

Student hostels are a safe and reliable option to take. They will most commonly provide meals in the morning and evening for 7 days, have fully independent rooms with own bath and toilet, TV, kettle for tea and coffee, and shared gym and fitness facilities. Prices in the hostels vary but on average:

Single Room starts from £143 per week.

Twin-bedded Rooms start from £123 per week.

Student hostels also charge per night for a Bed & Breakfast service, if that is what you are looking for, and prices are typically £27 per night per person for a single room and £23 per night per person for a double room. There is an age limit of above 16 for this type of accommodation.

Independent Hostels

The facilities, as well as the prices, will be very similar to Student Hostels. These are also very safe and reliable, but you should remember that these hostels are not designed especially for students, and so you probably will not receive much support from an educational point of view. Also be aware that this type of accommodation does not provide meals, and so you will need to arrange your own food.

Single Room £85 per week per person

Double Room £75 per week per person

Bed & Breakfast

These are mainly small family run businesses. Usually very affordable, and prices are commonly around £20 per person per night including a simple breakfast. Rooms can come with TV, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, ironing, and clothes washing facilities. Always check to see what you are buying before you pay.

Home Stay

This kind of accommodation is arranged in a safe, clean home environment with carefully selected families in good suburban locations all over London. All homes provide rooms and meals. The families are there to ensure that the students feel at home. The rooms are cleaned regularly and bed linen and towels will be provided by the family. Your clothes will be washed weekly. Accommodation meets the requirements of the British Council. Prices are typically the following:

Breakfast only – £120,

Breakfast & Dinner – £140

Breakfast & Dinner + Packed Lunch – £150

Please note: When booking a room, you will have to pay 4 weeks rent or 2 weeks deposit and 2 weeks rent in advance. If you are coming for 1 or 2 weeks only you will need to pay for the full duration of stay (recommended for those under 16).

 

Accommodation Options

Student Hostels

Student hostels are a safe and reliable option to take. They will most commonly provide meals in the morning and evening for 7 days, have fully independent rooms with own bath and toilet, TV, kettle for tea and coffee, and shared gym and fitness facilities. Prices in the hostels vary but on average:

Single Room starts from £143 per week.

Twin-bedded Rooms start from £123 per week.

Student hostels also charge per night for a Bed & Breakfast service, if that is what you are looking for, and prices are typically £27 per night per person for a single room and £23 per night per person for a double room. There is an age limit of above 16 for this type of accommodation.

Independent Hostels

The facilities, as well as the prices, will be very similar to Student Hostels. These are also very safe and reliable, but you should remember that these hostels are not designed especially for students, and so you probably will not receive much support from an educational point of view. Also be aware that this type of accommodation does not provide meals, and so you will need to arrange your own food.

Single Room £85 per week per person

Double Room £75 per week per person

Bed & Breakfast

These are mainly small family run businesses. Usually very affordable, and prices are commonly around £20 per person per night including a simple breakfast. Rooms can come with TV, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, ironing, and clothes washing facilities. Always check to see what you are buying before you pay.

Home Stay
This kind of accommodation is arranged in a safe, clean home environment with carefully selected families in good suburban locations all over London. All homes provide rooms and meals. The families are there to ensure that the students feel at home. The rooms are cleaned regularly and bed linen and towels will be provided by the family. Your clothes will be washed weekly. Accommodation meets the requirements of the British Council. Prices are typically the following:

Breakfast only – £120,

Breakfast & Dinner – £140

Breakfast & Dinner + Packed Lunch – £150

Please note: When booking a room, you will have to pay 4 weeks rent or 2 weeks deposit and 2 weeks rent in advance. If you are coming for 1 or 2 weeks only you will need to pay for the full duration of stay (recommended for those under 16).