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Arriving in the UK

Once you have received your visa, you may wish to begin planning your journey to the UK. You can find our Pre-arrival information for International students.

Please also see our New Students page for a lot of helpful information about your first steps as a new student at the University of Bradford. 

We have also included some answers to questions particular to international students below. If you cannot find the answer to your questions here, please feel free to contact with any visa or immigration questions or with any questions about your arrival and living in the UK.

Please also join our International Students Facebook Group for up-to-date information about events going on in the university and opportunities to meet other international students. 

Information specifically for current students can be found on our Sharepoint site, including the Welcome and Orientation Programme

Frequently Asked Questions

It can take up to 8 weeks to receive a decision on a standard visa application. 

If you have not had any contact from the Home Office after 8 weeks, or if you applied priority and it has been longer than the stated time, please contact the International Student Support Team

Please check to see whether your course permits late arrival.

It is very important to check all the guidance regarding travel to the UK from your home country before you arrange your travel. 

Travel from mainland China
There are different rules if you travel to England from mainland China. If you’re aged 12 or older, you will need to take a COVID-19 test no more than 2 days before you travel.
You will need to show notification of a negative COVID-19 test result when you depart mainland China for England. This will be checked by your airline, and you may be required to show this to Border Force on arrival to England. This applies to all direct and indirect flights originating from mainland China. An indirect flight involves stops in one or more other countries or territories before arriving in England, this includes if you are travelling through Hong Kong or Macao.

Details of the test result you need to show are available on the UK Government website.


Travel from all other countries and territories
Currently you do not need to take any Covid-19 tests or quarantine on arrival in England, irrespective of your vaccination status.

When you travel to England from abroad you:

  • do not need to take any Covid-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
  • do not need to quarantine when you arrive

This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

You should follow any rules that your travel provider tells you to follow. Other countries may have rules about what you need to do to leave the country to travel to England. You should check travel advice for the country you are travelling from.


Travel regulations can change at short notice, you should check the UK Government website regularly for changes.

All prospective international students are also reminded to review advice from their government about travel restrictions.

The University runs an airport pick-up service from Leeds/Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport at certain times of the year, which must be booked in advance. Book an airport pick-up service.

We will offer this service:

  • For students arriving in September this service is available from the 1 September 2022 - if you are arriving in August please email us for support, we may be able to accommodate your request.
  • For students arriving in January, the service will be available from early January onwards.

For more information on this service,  or if you are only able to arrive after these dates, please email

If you are travelling from other arrival destinations, or do not want to use the airport pickup service, you can get a train or bus. You can also check Trainline to book a train or bus.

All courses are now being held in person. All students are required to attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, etc. in person on campus. Therefore, please ensure that you are living a commutable distance from the University of Bradford campus, as you regular presence is required.

You will receive information from the University of Bradford IT team to complete online enrolment. You must complete this, but please be aware that this is your pre-enrolment. All international students must enrol in person with the International Student Support team upon arrival in the UK.

You will receive detailed instructions on when and how to enrol from the team before your arrival.

Please see the New Students page for information on how to access your timetable and choose your modules once you have enrolled.

When you receive your travel visa, you will also receive a letter with further details about your BRP. This letter states that you will need to collect your BRP with 10 days of arriving in the UK. Please aim to collect your BRP as soon as possible after arriving in the UK.

If your BRP is being delivered to the university, you should be able to collect your BRP as part of the in-person enrolment process. If you are due to collect your BRP from the Post Office, you will need to bring your collected BRP to your enrolment.

Where you are being sponsored or have a scholarship that covers your tuition fees, you may use this as your financial evidence to apply for your visa if it meets UKVI requirements.

The letter confirming sponsorship or scholarship can only be used in lieu of the deposit payment, and as a document, if it is finalised by the deposit and document deadline. You may need to pay the deposit or prepare financial evidence in the way a self-funding student does if your letter confirming sponsorship, or receipt of a scholarship, is not finalised by these deadlines.

We are not able to review your CAS request until either the deposit or the letter of sponsorship/letter confirming a scholarship is confirmed.

If there is a shortfall in the evidence you provide (for instance, if your scholarship does not cover the full amount of your tuition fees and living expenses), you will also need to provide additional financial evidence. 

Once you have completed your in-person enrolment, you may find it useful to open a UK bank account. To do this you will normally require:

  • your BRP
  • your passport
  • a letter of introduction to the bank (which you can request from - you must know which bank you wish to open an account with first)*
  • proof of address such as a lease agreement

*Please make sure your Home (address in your home country) and UK addresses are updated in E-vision before requesting the letter.

When you consider which bank to open an account with, ask what fees they charge (if any), how quickly you can open your account and how quickly you will receive your bank card. 

If you are here on a Student Visa you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge, which gives you access to NHS services. We would recommend that you Register with Bradford Student Health Centre to have access to a doctor when you require medical advice.

You may also choose to register with a GP who is closer to your accommodation, if there is one more convenient to you. You do not need a NHS number to register. For some NHS services, you may be asked to show your BRP card to demonstrate your right to NHS care.

There are a number of different discounted transportation cards available, depending on the mode of transportation you plan to use. Please see some of the available options:


If you wish to travel outside the UK during vacation periods it is very important that you check the travel guidance of your destination country and the UK travel guidance on returning from that country (see the earlier section on travel guidance and restrictions). 

If you are travelling during a break in your studies, you do not need permission for the absence. Please ensure you confirm your term dates before travelling.

A National Insurance numbers allows to you work and pay tax in the UK. You are not automatically given a National Insurance number when you are given your BRP; you need to apply for it separately. 

You can apply online for your National Insurance number.

Be aware that your Student Visa has work restrictions (working during term-time is limited to 20 hours a week) and breaching these conditions could lead to the cancelling of your visa.

Childcare is not free in the UK, though children aged 5 and older will be entitled to a place in school. If you hold a Student Route visa you will not be entitled to access public funds, which means you will be unable to access benefits that cover childcare. The University of Bradford has a nursery which has been rated Outstanding by OFFSTED. and there are other childcare facilities nearby, however they all cost daily or weekly fees so please do budget for childcare if you will be bringing dependants with you.

You can find more information about bringing your family on our dedicated webpages.



Where can I get more information?

There are a number of organisations that provide help and advice for international students. 


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