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International student support

Pre-arrival Information

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.

Essential Information:

Study Abroad & Exchange students should arrive on Thursday 3 February 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programme students should arrive by Thursday 3 February at the latest. You may want to plan to arrive as soon as your accommodation is available, in case you need to quarantine on arrival. 

It is essential that you fill in our International Arrivals Form to let us know when you plan to arrive.  It is also essential to look out for an email, you will receive, 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.

Our Pre-Arrival Checklist is really useful to keep track of everything and is worth downloading.  

Please read all the information in the below sections to help you prepare for your arrival into the UK and to York St John University. 

 

Accept your offer then arrange your visa and travel documents

If you need a Student Visa to study with us, you will not be able to apply for your visa until you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you have any questions about applying for you visa, please visit our visa webpages or contact our Visa and Compliance Team on visa@yorksj.ac.uk  

Once your visa has been granted in your home country, you will receive an Entry Clearance Vignette sticker in your passport. This is valid for 90 days and you must travel to the UK within that 90-day period. Once you are in the UK, you will need to collect your BRP card because this card is your visa for the duration of your course of study.

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

Prepare yourself for managing your finances in the UK with Blackbullion’s financial education courses and resources. Create an account and use Access Code YSJ-Int. If you have any problems with signing up please contact the Student Funding Advice Team on fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it may take longer than usual to open a bank account. If you need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK, you may not be able to start the process of opening your account until you are out of quarantine. Please make sure that you bring a bank card that can be used internationally and some cash to last untill you can open a bank account in the UK. 

Arrange your accommodation

York St John University offers fantastic accommodation within walking distance of the university and the city of York. If you are staying in university accommodation, the Accommodation Team will email you about your room allocation key collection before you travel to York. You can see where it is on our accommodation map.

We understand that international travel can be unpredictable at times, can easily get delayed, or you may have to arrive outside of working hours. If you arrive out of hours, please go to the Security Lodge, which is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Contact details are on the Security Services page.

If you have any questions, please email the Accommodation Team on accomodation@yorksj.ac.uk or see the university accommodation webpages.

If you are not staying at university accommodation you will find this webpage on arranging private accommodation useful.

 

Plan your journey

Covid-19 

Before you travel, you must be aware of government policies in place in the UK to control the Covid-19 pandemic. It is your responsibility to keep up to date with these regulations regularly.  

All advice is published on the government webpage www.gov.uk/coronavirus. You can find the UK government's guidance on entering the UK here. 

The University publishes advice about Covid-19 for students here 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs publishes Covid-19 information and FAQs for international students here. 

Using E-gates at UK airports 

E-Gates are now in use at UK airports. If you are travelling on a short-term study visa you must not use the E-gates. Please watch this video and make sure you understand whether you are able to use the e-gates. If you have an emergency at the UK border, you can call our Visa & Compliance team on 0044 (0)7773 043159. 

Travelling to York

Study Abroad & Exchange students should arrive on Thursday 3 February 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programme students should arrive by Thursday 3 February at the latest. You may want to plan to arrive as soon as your accommodation is available, in case you need to quarantine on arrival. 

It is essential that you fill in our International Arrivals Form to let us know when you plan to arrive.  

We are offering free collection services from Manchester Airport and York Train Station on Thursday 3 February. Fill in our International Arrivals Form to book these services. If you are travelling to York by train please download our list of travel tips 

Contacting family

Remember to 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.

Tips

We have compiled a list of tips to help you with packing, travelling and arriving in the UK. Please download it here: Tips for travelling to the UK (PDF, 87 kB)

Complete online enrolment and get online support

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.

We have plenty of information to help you, from what life is like in the UK to how we can personally support you with any challenges you may face.   

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has a website with a whole host of information for international students. Take a look at their ‘Info & Advice’ section of the UKCISA website so you know what kind of information is available. You may also find their FAQs about Covid-19 helpful. 

Great British Mag is a digital magazine dedicated to helping overseas students adjust to life and study in the UK. Browse Great British Mag articles for tips on how to make the most of your time in the UK and have a look at their survival service package. 

Life and study in the UK could be different from what you are used to. This free course from Future Learn will help you prepare, by teaching you about UK culture and higher education expectations. 

Now is also the time to start getting excited about what lies ahead! Visit York St John Students’ Union website and check out all the sports clubs and societies you can join when you get to YSJ and find out who your student reps are. The Union is a  a democratic organisation that functions to empower, represent and entertain the students of York St John University.

Contact us

If you have any questions contact iss@yorksj.ac.uk

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