Do you have everything you need for your journey and first few weeks in Reading?
Use our checklist to make sure that you have the essentials.
Things to consider before leaving home
Do I need a medical certificate or chest x-ray as part of my visa application?
Applicants for UK visas valid for longer than six months in certain countries now require a certificate to show that they are free from infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Testing is a requirement in a number of countries. Please check the Home Office website for up-to-date information and to see if your country is one of those listed.
As you may have seen in the news, meningitis and septicaemia cases caused by meningococcal W (Men W) bacteria are increasing in the UK.
We would advise you to get immunised in your home country before the start of your studies in Reading. If you haven't received the vaccination before arriving in the UK, we would urge you to visit your local GP to receive the vaccination.
Do I need a visa?
Make sure you have the correct entry clearance in your passport. You should not enter with a Student Visitor visa as this will cause problems later. You will not be able to stay in the UK any longer than six months on a Short-term study visa and cannot make an application in the UK to stay longer as a student.
It is essential to check with the British Embassy or High Commission in the country of your nationality or the country in which you are living, as to whether you need a visa to enter the UK.
Have you made copies of your main passport pages (not the blank ones) and your visa to bring in your main luggage?
Have you organised to bring some money with you (UK Sterling)? We suggest you bring £800 for your immediate needs (meals, bus and taxi fares, etc). Avoid carrying any more cash in case it gets lost or stolen. Most shops and hotels will accept credit cards. There are also three cash machines on campus, which you can use to get money out from your bank account.
Have you arranged a method of cashless payments? (Campus is now cashless and you should be ready to make card payments. You can make top-ups to a Campus Card)
PLEASE NOTE: Our receipts office will not be accepting cash for tuition fee payment during Welcome Week and you are advised to pay your fees online or by bank transfer.
Will I have access to the National Health Service?
Not all international students have free access to the National Health Service. Tier 4 student visa holders do, short term students (6 months or less) do not. EU students need to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) otherwise these students could be charged.