International students: Before you arrive

Find out about Bristol, visa guidance, travel advice, health information and important documents to bring.


Confirm your registration details. You need to complete registration when you arrive so that you can start your studies.

If you are required to attend a student document check (right to study), make sure you are prepared to bring all the original documents to your appointment.

International sponsored students must provide the University with a sponsorship letter.

Visa guidance

You will need to check whether you need a visa to study in the UK. Our Student Visas team can help you with queries about visas, your immigration status, which important documents you need to bring and working in the UK.

Plan your travel

Book your travel to the UK as soon as possible. Find out about travelling to the UK and the University.


If you have not received and accepted an accommodation offer from the University you will need to find somewhere to live yourself. Have a look at our advice on finding private accommodation.

Money and fees

Make sure you have enough cash or travellers' cheques with you to last one to two weeks. This is how long it may take to set up your UK bank account.

Find out about bringing money to the UK and how to open a bank account.

Check you have made any necessary advance payments. Some postgraduate taught students who are not sponsored need to pay a deposit, find out how to pay your course or programme deposit.

Further information about paying your tuition fees


Check advice from our Students' Health Service on what to do before you arrive.

Tell our Disability Services team if you have a health problem, mental health issue, or disability.

We can offer free and confidential advice and may provide: equipment, extra time for exams, a support worker, or other adjustments to help you achieve your potential. This is available for all students and will not impact your place to study here.

Find out about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations.

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