Arrivals and orientation for new EU and International students

Arriving in a new country can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. We understand that this year, you may find it more difficult to plan your arrival during the continuing pandemic, so we have taken the necessary steps to provide you with all the information you'll need to ensure you feel both welcomed and supported as soon as you arrive in the UK.

Before you arrive

Students joining us in the academic year 2021–22

Important update (7 December 2021): Changes to international travel to the UK

The UK Government has introduced a new, simplified system for international travel with the traffic light system, which lists countries as green, amber and red, being replaced. However, the red list remains in place and can change at short notice. Different rules apply to arrivals from red list countries. Please check before you arrive. 

Covid-19 vaccination rules 

If you are fully (double) vaccinated

  • You now need to take a pre-departure Covid test in the two days before your service to England departs. This can be either a PCR or lateral flow (LFD) test.
  • You must book a PCR test to be taken in the UK before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow (LFD) tests will not be accepted).
  • You are required to self isolate until you get the results of the Day 2 PCR test. If the test is negative you can leave self isolation.
  • If your Day 2 PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.

Showing your vaccination status

In the UK, ‘fully vaccinated' means it has been at least 14 days since you received the full course of a UK government approved vaccine, such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Janssen.

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated with either an electronic or printed document, which has been either administered under the UK vaccination programme or produced by an approved overseas vaccination programme in a listed country. Without evidence of your fully vaccinated status, you will be required to follow the rules which apply to unvaccinated students (see below).

If you're unvaccinated or not fully (double) vaccinated

If you're arriving in the UK unvaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test, a Covid-19 test on day 2 and day 8, and quarantine for 10 days. 

All travellers, regardless of their vaccination status and the country they are travelling from, will need to complete a passenger locator form up to 48 hours before they arrive in the UK. 

The rules may be subject to change so please check the UK government website for the most up to date information.

Before you travel

It is important to check the latest government guidance about what you need to do before you travel to the UK. The guidance may change at short notice so it is important you read and understand the rules before you book your travel to the UK from overseas.

The UK Border Force will be conducting spot checks on arrival into the UK to ensure that all passengers are fully compliant. Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.

Taxi pick-up service

We want to ensure that you can arrive as safely as possible using the taxi service instead of providing a shared shuttle bus. We are heavily subsidising the cost of the taxi, meaning you will only pay a discounted rate of £20* for any journey from Heathrow and Gatwick airport, or £30** from St. Pancras International, to the Kingston area.

* Standard taxi rate from Heathrow/Gatwick airport to the Kingston area is approximately £45 depending on the time of travel.

** Standard taxi rate from St. Pancras International to the Kingston area is approximately £65 depending on the time of travel.

Details

  • When: From 30 November 2021 until 31 January 2022
  • Where: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport or St Pancras International
  • Booking deadline: Two days before your arrival.

How to book

Please email booking@zedcarz.co.uk, quoting the code 'KingstonUni' in the subject heading of the email. Please provide:

  • your name
  • KU ID number
  • flight number
  • date and drop-off address

You must quote ‘KingstonUni' to get a discount flat rate of £20 for any journey from Heathrow or Gatwick airports to the Kingston University area or £30 from St. Pancras International train station. You can pay the driver either by credit card or cash.

If you are coming from Heathrow or Gatwick airport, upon arrival at the airport your driver should be in the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name on it. If you are arriving from St. Pancras International, your taxi will arrange a pick-up spot.

Arrival procedure for travelling from overseas to the UK

Students will need to comply with the following measures before they travel and after they have arrived in the UK, depending on whether they are fully (double) vaccinated or unvaccinated.

MeasureIf you are fully (double) vaccinatedIf you are not fully (double) vaccinated
Passenger locator form Yes Yes
Pre-departure test Yes Yes
Managed quarantine at hotel No* No*
Self-isolation at on-campus or own accommodation Yes, until the result of the day 2 PCR test Yes, for 10 days
Test to release n/a Yes
PCR testing On, or before, day 2 On, or before, day 2
Lateral flow test No No
Further PCR testing No Day 8

*Unless you arrive from a red list country.

Covid-19 tests must be booked and paid for from a list of government-approved test providers.

Rules for travelling to the UK

Before you travel to the UK you must:

On arrival in the UK you must:

  • Immediately quarantine on-campus or in private accommodation, either until you get the result of the day 2 PCR test (only if you are fully vaccinated) or for 10 days (only if you are not fully vaccinated)
  • Take a Covid-19 test on day 2 and on day 8 (only if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated)
  • Take a PCR test on, or before, day 2 (only if you are fully vaccinated)
  • Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test on day 5. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative) you can end your quarantine but you still also need to take the compulsory test on or after day 8 (only if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated).

After you arrive

Accessing the free Covid-19 vaccine and healthcare

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. International students who live in the UK will be able to access both doses of the free Covid-19 vaccination, in the same way as they are able to access other healthcare.

You should register with a GP (a doctor who is a general practitioner) online as soon as you arrive in the UK. You can search for the nearest GP surgery to your term time address on the NHS website and register as a new patient on the GP's website. If you will be living in Kingston, students are welcome to join our on-site GP practice and can register by contacting the Fairhill Medical Practice (the Health Centre) on the University's Penrhyn Road campus.

Students registered with a GP can book their vaccination appointment through the National Booking Service website or by telephoning 119. Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

NHS England have produced and published a Covid-19 vaccination Frequently Asked Questions document for students in Higher Education. These FAQs will help answer some of the most common questions, including on how to get a vaccinated, vaccine eligibility and mixing different vaccine brands.

Support and well-being services at Kingston

Useful links

Biometric Residence Permits

A Biometric Residence Permit or BRP is a document issued by the Home Office to students as evidence of immigration permission. This is also known as leave to enter or remain. If you are applying for a Student Visa from outside the UK for a course which lasts more than six months, you will be issued with a BRP.

You will collect your BRP on arrival in the UK. You will be given an entry clearance vignette (a sticker) in your passport which will start no more than 30 days before your course start date as specified on your CAS statement.

You will be able to collect your BRP card from the post office designated on your visa decision letter. It is essential that you bring the following documentation with you:

  • Your passport and
  • Your visa decision letter

If you are required to quarantine on arrival in the UK, you will not be penalised for not being able to collect your BRP whilst coronavirus measures are in place. The post office will hold your BRP until you are able to collect it.

Police registration

Some international students will be required to register with the police on arrival in the UK. If you applied for your Student Visa overseas, this requirement will be printed on your entry clearance sticker in your passport. Please check the UK government website for the full list of nationalities who are required to register with the police in the UK.

Opening a bank account

It is important to open a UK bank account when you first arrive and you should do some research to find the best bank account for your individual needs. You can get advice from the following sources:

Student travel discount

Oyster card

  • If you are a full-time student, and live in a London borough, you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard that enables you to get discounted travel on the Transport for London network. Please note: you must enrol before you can apply for the discount card.

National Railcard

  • If you are travelling from outside of London, studying full-time and aged 16-25, you can get a 16-25 railcard that offers one-third off rail travel.

International orientation

We have put together lots of great tips and information to help you with settling in at Kingston. Make sure you have access to Canvas, our virtual learning platform, and the Kingston University app so you can view all the online orientation sessions. You can find out more about these platforms on our Welcome page.

Visit our welcome page to find out more about settling in at Kingston

International enrolment

Enrolment is when you officially register on your course. This is when you get your student ID card and officially become a Kingston University student. This year we are allowing international students to enrol online before joining us on campus. This is to make sure you can access all of the Welcome and Arrivals information while finalising your travel arrangements.

When online enrolment opens, you will receive an email with full instructions on how to enrol through OSIS (Online Student Information System) once your place has been confirmed (e.g. your status changes to unconditional firm). Please complete this as soon as you can.

Latest arrival dates for January 2022 entry

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Key dates for students in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Monday 10 January (online) 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Monday 17 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Monday 17 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Key dates for students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Monday 24 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Tuesday 25 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Key dates for students in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, including:

MSc Clinical Leadership (Full Time)

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

PgDip Step Up to Social Work

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

MSc Clinical Leadership (Part Time)

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

Postgraduate Social Work Courses

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Monday 10 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Monday 10 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Monday 10 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

Undergraduate Nursing /Midwifery Short Course (Return to Practice)

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)

Study Abroad and Exchange programmes

Key dates for students on the Study Abroad and Exchange programmes

  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Deadline to upload supporting documents and request CAS
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Last date CAS will be issued
  • Friday 7 January 2022 – Compulsory course Induction
  • Monday 10 January 2022 – Teaching begins
  • Monday 10 January 2022 – Latest arrival date (to be checked-in on campus, fully enrolled and attending classes in person)