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International student support

Before you arrive

How to prepare for your journey to York St John University.

The information on this page is also available to download: Pre-arrival checklist (PDF, 77.4 kB)

There is a lot to do to prepare for travelling to the UK and for studying at York St John.

Our checklist will help you keep on top of all the tasks you need to complete and make sure you are fully prepared for your journey to York St John University.

Accept your offer then arrange your visa and travel documents

Accept your offer to study at York St John University (if applicable).

Apply for your visa or confirm arrangements for your student visitor visa (if applicable). Arrange to have your BRP card delivered directly to York St John University by entering Alternative Location Code 2HE867 when you apply for your visa online. Contact us if you have any questions at

Check your passport. Confirm it is valid and does not expire within 6 months of your arrival.

Arrange medical, dental and travel insurance if needed. Find out what insurance you may need while you study here and make sure this is in place before you start your journey.

Prepare your finances

Opening a UK bank account can take some time, so make sure that your bank card will work in the UK, or that you have cash (in Pounds Sterling) to live on for a few weeks.

We recommend that you carry no more than £500 in cash for your safety. A pre-paid currency card lets you top up online and pay by card in the UK with minimal bank charges.

Plan your journey

Check your emails for international arrivals and airport collection dates.

Look at the Travelling to York pages and plan how to get to the university. Make sure you complete the international arrivals form. If you are travelling via Manchester Airport, book a place on our free airport collection coach.

Keep up to date with current COVID-19 guidelines. You must provide your contact details 48 hours before travelling to the UK by completing the passenger locator form. Check whether you need to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days when you arrive in the UK and read guidance for self-isolating (

Tell your family and friends how you will contact them once you arrive in the UK. If you are staying in York St John accommodation, you will have free Wi-Fi in your room. Look into an international add-on for your phone plan, so that you can call and text as soon as you arrive in the UK. We also have UK SIM cards available, with free credit to get you started.

Complete online enrolment

You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your online enrolment.

You need to have completed this before you leave home, so that you can access online services and support as soon as you arrive at York St John.

Find out more about student life

Download our International Accommodation Guide for useful information to read up on before arriving at your new home: International Accommodation Guide (PDF 5.8MB)

Find out more about life in York and at York St John University on our Student Life pages

Prepare for your first week by reading our First few days checklist.

Get excited about York St John Students’ Union. Check out all the sports clubs and societies you can join when you get to YSJ and find out who your student reps are.

Contact us

If you have any questions contact

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