Getting settled in Bradford

Your first few days in Bradford will be busy, exciting, and maybe a little nerve-wracking.

We promise a warm welcome and all the help you need to get settled in your new home.

Important things to do when you arrive

Essentials

  • Locate your accommodation.
  • Let your family know you have arrived safely.
  • Tier 4 students will need to attend a Tier 4 Essentials Briefing, and collect their Biometric Residence Permit from the Post Office.
  • Enrol on your course.
  • Open a bank account.
  • Register with the health centre.
  • Register with the police, if your student visa advises you to.

To help you settle in

  • Download the orientation programme. This will be available shortly before your arrival. 
  • Attend your department's induction programme.
  • Join a campus tour.
  • Join a city tour.
  • Attend the Lord Mayor's Civic Reception (September only). This is a special event for international students.
  • Make some new friends. A great way to meet people is by joining one of the many societies or sports club organised by the Students' Union.
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I received a very warm welcome on my arrival. The University hub, international office and language centre were very supportive, providing me with the necessary information I needed to settle. Bradford has a very welcoming multicultural environment. 

Samuel Kwasi Awudi
MSc Finance

Culture shock

Culture shock is a very real phenomenon. Have a look at this useful guide on the UK Council for International Students (UKCISA) website.

What can you do to help these feelings of culture shock pass? Here are some ideas:

  • try to join in with events organised by the International Student Adviser and the Students’ Union. These activities are designed to help you build up a sense of belonging to Team Bradford and we do our very best to make every student feel welcome and involved
  • talk to other students – they may seem confident, but the chances are they are feeling the same as you
  • try not to sit in your room and worry about things. Come and see us at any of our MyBradford desks, your Department, our Counselling Services, or the Students’ Union – staff at all of these places will be happy to see you and to help
Freshers at Welcome Week

Opening a UK bank account

What will you need?

The bank will need to see the following documents in order to open your new account:

  • your passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (Tier 4 visas only)
  • a 'Letter of Introduction to UK Banking Facilities'. You can obtain this from MyBradford - Student Services in the Richmond Building, after you have enrolled on your course

Banks

The following banks are located near to the University:
BarclaysLloydsHSBC and TSB.

Further information can be found on the UKCISA website.

Cash and pre-paid travel cards

We recommend that you bring some cash or a pre-paid travel card (around £300) with you, to make sure you can meet your expenses until your bank account becomes active. 

Cheques

When paying a cheque into a UK bank, it will take a number of days before the funds become available (a minimum of four or five days before the funds become available. It could take over 28 days if depositing funds from a different currency.

Paying your fees

Find out about fees, financial support and scholarships.

Registering with the health centre

Where to register

It's important to register with a doctor (often called a GP - General Practioner) when you arrive in the UK.

You can register with the Bradford Student Health Service if you live close to the University or within the practice area.

Students arriving in September will be able to register with the Bradford Student Health Service when they enrol with the University.

If you want to register with another local doctor, you can find out about doctors in your area by calling the Local Health Authority on 0113 295 2500, or search on the National Health Service (NHS) website.    

What to bring

  • Your TB health certificate and any chest X-Rays if these are required for your visa.

  • Details of all vaccinations that you have received.

  • Medical records if you have any pre-existing conditions (with English translation).

  • Any medication that you are currently taking (including a letter from your doctor in English, confirming which medication you are carrying).