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 2022-23

Changes to international travel to the UK

The rules for international travel to the UK have been simplified and you no longer need to take any Covid-19 tests either before or after arrival in England. You no longer need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel or show proof of Covid-19 vaccination on arrival.

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.

Latest dates of arrival for international students: September 2022 intake

We expect the majority of international students to arrive for Welcome and Induction, which starts on Monday 19 September 2022.* We encourage you to arrive as soon as you can, to maximise your on-campus learning experience and to help you get settled in time for the start of your course.

*If your course induction starts before 19 September, we will contact you.

Please refer to the information below for latest date of arrival for each faculty and study level for the September intake:


FacultyUpload supporting documents,
request CAS,
pay deposit (postgraduate students*)
Welcome week and course induction startsTeaching startsFaculty student office contact details
Faculty of
Business and
Social Sciences

Request your CAS as soon as
accepting your Unconditional offer.
This should ideally be done by June.

19 September 2022

All students must have:

  • Arrived in the UK
  • Fully enrolled
  • Attend classes in person
26 September 2022

BSSstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk

Kingston
School of Art

Request your CAS as soon as accepting your Unconditional offer.
This should ideally be done by June.

19 September 2022

All students must have:

  • Arrived in the UK
  • Fully enrolled
  • Attend classes in person
26 September 2022

KSAstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk

Faculty of
Science,
Engineering
and
Computing

Request your CAS as soon as accepting your Unconditional offer.
This should ideally be done by June.

19 September 2022

All students must have:

  • Arrived in the UK
  • Fully enrolled
  • Attend classes in person
26 September 2022

Undergraduate:

SECugstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk

Postgraduate:

SECpgstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk

Faculty of
Health,
Social Care
and
Education

Request your CAS as soon as accepting your Unconditional offer.
This should ideally be done by June.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Midwifery:
11 September 2022

PGCE:
4 September 2022

All other courses:
19 September 2022

Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Midwifery course induction:
12-23 September 2022

PGCE course induction:
5 September 2022

All other courses:
26 September 2022

midwifery@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

education@kingston.ac.uk

socialwork@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

NPO@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

* You are not required to pay the non-refundable deposit if:

  • you have applied for an Undergraduate course at Kingston University
  • you do not require a Student Visa to study at Kingston University
  • your studies are being sponsored by your government or a company (evidence of your sponsorship must be provided); or you are from the USA, Canada or Norway and will receive a government loan (evidence must be provided)
  • you are receiving a student loan from a regulated student loan scheme (evidence of your student loan for the full fee amount must be provided)

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 and the booster Covid-19 vaccination for free, 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, if desired, 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 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 90 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.