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International students

If you're an international student, it is important to think about issues such as immigration and passport control before you leave home. You can access some guidance below but please refer to the Home Office website for full details.

Before you leave home

  • What do I need to do about immigration?
    If you want to come to the UK as a 'student', you need to apply for entry clearance before you leave your home country to travel to the UK. Read more.
    You will also need to log into our Online Student Information System (OSIS) to update your details, upload a copy of your passport and request your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number. Read more.
  • What can I do to prepare for life in the UK?
    Visit for information about preparing for life in the UK – this interactive toolkit is designed to help you learn all about the UK, British culture and what to expect when you get here
  • What do I need to remember when packing?
    When packing your luggage, remember that the UK climate is very changeable. If you are packing for a whole year's stay you will need a good range of both warm and cool clothing.
    If you are staying in university halls of residence, you won't need any furniture as the halls are fully furnished. However, you will need to either bring some bedding and kitchen essentials with you or buy them when you get here. Read more.
  • How much cash will I need on arrival?
    You will need some sterling cash for expenses during the first week – about £250 should be enough. We do not recommend bringing or carrying larger amounts of cash with you. Read more.
  • Will I be able to work during my studies in the UK?
    Most international students are able to work during their studies. However, you must check the immigration stamp in your passport as the UK immigration authorities may impose some conditions about employment. Read more.
  • What about healthcare in the UK?
    The Fairhill Medical Practice (our on-site health centre) provides a range of healthcare services for students during term-time and at local branch surgeries during vacations. This is run by the National Health Service (NHS), which is a free healthcare service. If you are a full-time international student and are here for six months or longer, you will be entitled to NHS care so it is not necessary to get private medical insurance for the duration of your studies here.
  • Find out everything you need to know about healthcare in the UK.

    At the airport

    • What happens at passport control?
      There will be different queues for European Economic Area (EEA) and non-EEA nationals at passport control. You will need to have a number of different documents available to show the immigration officer. Read more.
    • What happens at customs?
      There are three channels at customs – Green (for persons with 'Nothing to Declare'); Red (for persons with 'Goods to Declare'); and Blue (for persons travelling from an EEA country where all their luggage was already cleared by customs). Read more.
    • Do I need to register with the police?
      A small number of international students need to register with the police within seven days of arriving in the UK. The stamp put into your passport or the letter in your visa and documents return pack by the immigration authorities will tell you if you need to register with the UK Police. During our International Arrivals and Orientation, we offer to escort a group of students to register with the police. Read more.
    • How do I get to the University?
      We offer a free airport pick-up service for our two main intakes, which ensures you are met at the airport when you arrive and taken to your accommodation in the local area. Read more.

    See what to expect

    Watch our videos to see what to expect when you arrive:

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

What our students say

What our students say

"I chose to study at Kingston University because of its vibrant international community. I love walking around the campus and being able to meet people from all over the world. The University has a wide variety of social events and volunteering opportunities which help you settle into life as a student."

via Ilaria Ferrari, BSc(Hons) International Relations with French

Don't forget to book...

  • Airport pick-up – we provide an airport pick-up service to welcome you to the UK
  • International orientation – designed to help you make friends and provide important information about your new home

Preparing for study

To make sure you're ready for your studies in the UK, we offer an English language development programme – free English language courses throughout the academic year to help you start your studies with confidence.

Getting ready
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