International student welcome

Have you just arrived in Plymouth?

Welcome! We hope you had a good journey. There may be lots on your mind so it is best to have a list of the practical things to refer to.

Please take a look at our 10 important things to do after you arrive in the UK to study.

If you need any help or have any questions at all, visit the Student Hub in the campus library where you will meet our friendly staff who will be happy to welcome you.

September 2022 Arrivals

International Student Welcome Week

We are currently planning the international student welcome for September 2022 and will update this page in July. However, the dates are booked! The welcome week will be Monday 12 September to Saturday 17 September.

There will be an Arrivals Welcome Lounge where you can meet university ambassadors to help you with any arrivals questions. You can also use the Arrivals Lounge as a base to relax, meet other students or play some games. There will be some talks for international students on the Thursday and Friday, covering topics such as Staying safe in Plymouth (from the police), Academic cultural differences, how to improve your language skills, how to access the free wellbeing support available and much more.

Arriving in the UK Meet and Greet

To make your journey as easy as possible we are offering the option of a meet and greet coach service for our new international students arriving at London Heathrow Airport. Journey time to the University of Plymouth campus will be around four hours.

We will meet you at the airport to guide you onto the coaches and accompany you on the trip to Plymouth, and of course will be there to answer any questions you may have. All coaches will be collecting students from the arrivals collection point at London Heathrow Terminal 2. Students are advised if flying into other London Heathrow terminals to allocate sufficient time to use the free shuttle service to get to Terminal 2 meeting point.

The cost of the coach is £20 and is only available to students (unfortunately not for accompanying family or friends due to limited space). Once you have booked your seat, further information on where to meet the coach and other information will be sent a week prior to your arrival.

The coaches are booked on these dates only:

Monday 12 September 2022
Tuesday 13 September 2022

All coaches will be departing from Heathrow at 11:00 British Summer Time
Check the time difference in your home country : The World Clock

Please revisit this page on Friday 1 July when the booking system will be live.

If you miss these dates or prefer to make your own way, you might find this web page useful: Arriving in the UK

How to contact the ISA team


Call: +44 1752 587676

Talk to one of the ISA team via Zoom: chat with us live 09:30–10:30, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Student Hub team

For extra support, our Student Hub team is the University’s first point of contact for all non-academic student queries. They are a team of dedicated and friendly advisers ready to help with confidential and impartial advice and support. They are in the Campus Library if you wish to see them in person or you can ask a question by registering your details with Waitwhile and a member of the relevant University team will contact you with an answer. Choose between student services, careers, and faculty support.

Join the waitlist

Working opportunities in the UK

Working part time during study, doing placements, internships and volunteering positions can significantly help you build new skills, make new contacts and apply your learning in a real-world, professional environment. There are lots of options available to international students who want to work during their studies or stay and work in the UK after their studies.

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