10 important things to do after you arrive in the UK to study

1. Contact home to let them know you have arrived in the UK

Make a quick phone call, text or email any friends or family to let them know you have safely arrived in the UK.


2. Check into accommodation and self-isolate if you need to

When you arrive in the UK, you may not be allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 10 days.

We refer to this is as self-isolation but it is sometimes referred to as quarantine.

We are here to offer guidance and practical support during your self-isolation.

Tell us if you are self-isolating

Stay updated

Travel information and guidance is subject to change. The best place to find the latest information is the UK government website.

UK government guidance and support for entering the UK


3. Collect your Biometric Residence Permit if you need to

For some students, a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a secure identity card that provides proof of right to study in the UK.

If you have digital immigration status, you will not get a BRP.

Where to collect your BRP if you have one

Where you collect your BRP will depend on what you requested on your visa application form. Please check your letter you received with your visa for details.

If you applied for your Student visa outside the UK and entered ‘Plymouth Post Office’ as the delivery address, you can collect your BRP, visa letter and passport from:

73-85 New George St

If you are self-isolating, please wait until the isolation period is over before collecting your BRP.

More information about Biometric Residence Permits


4. Complete your right to study check

New and returning students who are not British, Irish, Channel Islands or Isle of Man nationals will need to complete the right to study check before completing online enrolment.

You should receive a personalised link for the right to study check, which will be emailed to you before you complete online enrolment. If you are a Student visa holder, you cannot complete the right to study check until you have arrived in the UK.

Find out more about right to study checks


5. Complete online enrolment and check your timetable

All students must complete online enrolment at the start of each academic year. For new students, this important step helps you officially become part of the University of Plymouth.

After you complete online enrolment, you will be able to access your course timetable and other University systems.

University induction: starting study in 2021/22

Your Faculty will inform you where to collect your University Student card.


6. Register with a doctor

The University Medical Centre is a facility for students on campus. We recommend registering with the centre as soon as you have a Plymouth address so you have access to medical health support.

  • Contact the centre at any time
  • Arrange medical appointments on campus
  • Video appointments during evenings and weekends
  • Digitally accessible services

Register with the University Medical Centre

Accessing the National Health Service (NHS)

If you paid the immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application, you can access NHS services. If you are in the UK for a short period of less than 6 months on a visitor visa you will need to check if you have health insurance.


7. Open a UK bank account

Opening a UK bank account is not essential but you will find it useful if you need to:

  • Pay for a UK mobile phone contract by direct debit
  • Pay household bills directly from your bank account
  • Receive payment for part-time work
  • Securely manage your money
  • Send or receive overseas payments

There are a number of factors you should consider when choosing and opening a bank account as an international student in the UK.

Guide to opening a bank account
(UK Council for International Student Affairs)

How to open a bank account

You may be able to apply for a bank account online. You should check your chosen bank’s website to see what options are available. You may be required to visit a branch of the bank you have chosen and take documents that show who you are, such as:

  • Your passport
  • Your BRP
  • Proof of your UK address (for example, a tenancy agreement)
  • Letter from the University of Plymouth confirming your status as a UK student

Request a University letter confirming your student status

You can only request a University letter after you have completed online enrolment.


8. Register with the police

You may need to register with the UK Police shortly after you arrive. If this is the case, it should be written on your entry-visa vignette, biometric residence permit (BRP) or your Home Office letter or ATLAS email approving your application for leave.
If you are unsure, you can check here to see if your country is on the list: Countries that need to register
You must register online within seven days of arrival in the UK: Register with the police
You will need to upload a UK passport sized (any other size will be rejected).
Payment of £34 will need to be made via debit or credit card.
If ever your circumstances change in the future you must report the change on the same website. For example, change of address, new visa details, change of course.
If you have already registered in a different police force area, you will need to ‘transfer’ to Devon & Cornwall policing area. Please go to the on-line registration and appointment site and select TRANSFER.


9. Learn about University support, services and advice

We know that starting university can be a big change and there might be some unexpected challenges along the way. That’s why we have a range of support available to you during your time here.

How you’ll be supported while you study

Download the University of Plymouth app on your phone and your laptop for helpful University information that is easily accessible wherever you are. You can access your timetable, find your away around campus, check in to online lectures, book study rooms and much more!

If you need a new SIM card for your mobile phone, visit the Student Hub and they will give you one for free.