Wherever in the world your exciting new journey is starting from, we can’t wait to see your Salford story develop - and we’re here to make sure you have an amazing time!

Before you leave, take a look at the information below. We have highlighted the essential items you must bring and key things to check before you travel. It will help you get everything in place, so your first few weeks can run smoothly.

Your checklist

Here is a list of the key things you need to do. You can find more information about each step further down this page.

International Student Checklist Jan 2023

1 Apply for your visa

If you need a visa and are currently living outside of the UK, you should watch our videos and read the information on how to apply for a visa here. Or alternatively read more here if you are applying for a visa from inside the UK.

Please remember that you should not travel to the UK before the start date on your entry clearance visa or digital status, even if entering the UK via an e-gate. If you do, your student leave will not be activated properly and we will not be able to register you. In this scenario, you would be advised to leave the UK until such time as your visa or digital status commences and you can return to the UK to register. This, of course, will generate extra travel, inconvenience and cost to you that we all want to avoid.

You should also remember not to enter the UK via Ireland as this causes a similar issue where your student leave will not be activated. In this scenario, you would also be advised to leave the UK and the common travel area (including Ireland) and then return to the UK to activate your correct immigration status and allow you to register. This, also, will cause you extra inconvenience, travel and cost that we all wish to avoid.


2 Book your travel to arrive in UK

You should arrive from the start date on your entry clearance visa or digital status so you have time to complete your International Check-in on campus before your induction starts. Remember to check the travel regulations for any countries you transit through.

When you arrive at Manchester airport you can get a free taxi to take you from the airport to our University of Salford Campus. Other destinations such as your accommodation may incur extra charges if the amount is over £39.00 so please come prepared.

You can book a taxi service by completing this form. To use this service, you must book at least 72 hours in advance. You will need your University ID, flight details and accommodation address to complete the booking form. You can use this service if you are a new international student studying a full-time course, travelling alone with your luggage. If you are travelling in a group there are train and bus links to Manchester/Salford area available.

After collecting your luggage and passing through Border Control, you will need to call +44 (0)161 945 2000 to inform our taxi partners that you have arrived. You will then be advised of your pick-up point which is different depending on your terminal. Whilst wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory, we advise you to wear one during the taxi journey to keep yourself and others safe.

3 book your accommodation

If you haven't yet arranged somewhere to live and are struggling to find available accommodation, please contact our askUS team who can provide the latest updates. They can be contacted on askUS@salford.ac.uk or, if you’d prefer to call, you can speak to the team on +44 (0)161 295 0023.

You must provide a UK address and telephone number as part of the University of Salford's registration process. If you are staying in temporary accommodation, you can give this address during registration, but once you have found your term-time accommodation then you will need to update your profile with this information. 

You can find some more useful links and videos to support you below.

4 Start online registration

Look out for an email from our registration team inviting you to start online registration.

It is important to register promptly and as early as possible so that you can access your learning resources and start your course on time. See the registration page and your Welcome guide (in your email inbox) for more information.

5 Book your International Check-in appointment

Once the registration period opens, we will contact you about booking your appointment for your International Check-In.

The International Check-in appointment is a requirement from the Home Office, and it involves us checking your documents face-to-face on campus.

6 Work through the StartSmart Platform

StartSmart is an exclusive online space for you to use to take you through the essentials of being a Salford student and help you have a great start to your life at Salford. From support with your English language skills to understanding your responsibilities as a student and improving your employability, there is lots of advice to help you succeed with your study, career and personal goals.

7 pack your important documents and belongings

Depending on your circumstances, the following documents may be required once you have entered the UK, either for your University registration or for other purposes.

We recommend carrying these documents in your hand luggage so you can show them to the airport staff once you arrive.

  • Your Passport
  • Your Visa - This could be in the form of a vignette in your passport and/or a decision letter proving your right to study in the UK     
  • Your CAS letter - You may be asked to show your CAS on arrival in the UK  
  • Your medical card - You may be asked to show a medical card or a TB screening certificate (depending on your country of origin) on arrival in the UK     
  • Documentary evidence of your finances and ability to pay your fees and support yourself whilst living in the UK
  • Your sponsorship letter (if applicable)   
  • Documentary evidence of your qualifications (original documents of academic certificates and/or original official transcripts)
  • Your offer letter from the University of Salford - You will need to show this to the taxi company if you have booked a taxi transfer    
  • Your airport welcome/taxi transfer confirmation. You will need to show this to the taxi company if you have booked a taxi transfer. You can book a taxi through Advantage
  • Original documentary evidence of your English language skills (if required) 
  • Your ATAS Certificate (if required)
  • Driver’s license (if you have one)
  • Any doctor’s letter outlining medical conditions or prescribed drugs
  • Enough money or an international credit card to buy food and essentials with before you open a UK bank account. We have a Santander bank on campus, which will make it easy for you to set up a bank account once you are ready, or there are many other banks to choose from.
  • Travel and health insurance documents – these are to protect you in case you fall ill during transit or before you can register for medical care in the UK, or for situations such as your flight being cancelled/lost baggage etc.

Chidera from Nigeria shares her top tips for what you should pack in the below video:

International student gives tips on what to pack when travelling to study at University of Salford

8 Attend your international check-in appointment

You must bring along your original documents to your appointment at University House on Peel Park campus for your International Check-in. This is an essential part of the registration process.

The documents you must bring are:

  • Your passport
  • Your visa

As soon as you complete registration you can collect your ID card, start using the University systems and library, and you can apply for your national insurance number.

You must also read the information on our website using the link below.

9 Pay your tuition fees

You must pay your tuition fees or arrange a payment plan before you can complete registration.  The options for paying your fees are:

  • Get a 3% discount on your fees by paying them upfront and in full. The discount is applied to the net remaining fee after any scholarship has been deducted.
  • Spread the cost with a payment plan. You can choose to pay in consecutive monthly instalments (starting the month after the course commencement date)

If you have any problems paying your fees you can speak to our finance team by emailing Income-treasury@salford.ac.uk or calling +44 (0) 161 295 0023 (press option 2 then option 1).

You can also find some troubleshooting information to support you with confirming your payment method during registration on our Welcome FAQ page.

Salford students in a lecture

10 complete online registration

Now that you have completed International Check-in and paid your fees you are ready to complete online registration. This involves filling in your personal details and agreeing to our terms and conditions.  

You can find more information about how to do this in your Welcome guide (check your email inbox).

11 Set up your IT and learning systems

Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to your student email account and the systems you’ll use as a student. Make sure to take a screenshot or note down your username and password when you’re registering – we can’t email a copy of your password to you for security reasons.

Scholarship Awards 2019

12 Join your induction

You must attend your induction which starts from 27 February. Your induction will give you the opportunity to meet your academic staff and the other students from your course.

It is important to attend your induction otherwise your visa may be revoked. It is also a great opportunity to become familiar with the requirements of the course and the systems we use.

Other useful information

Opening a UK bank account

Although you may have a bank account from your home country, using it in the UK may bring additional charges for spending and withdrawals and some cards aren’t compatible with UK bank machines. Additionally, with international transfers, different exchange rates can have a real impact on the amount of money you receive. 

We recommend that you open a UK bank account before you arrive in the UK. This can’t be done for every account but banks like Monzo offer this as an option (as long as you have a UK address that you can have the bank card sent to). It is also a good idea to bring some Pounds Sterling or travellers’ cheques for when you arrive in the UK so that you can buy some essentials. Avoid travelling with large amounts of cash.  

To open a UK bank account, you must have: 

  • Proof of your ID: a passport, a national ID card, a driving licence or a BRP (it must be photo ID) 
  • Proof that you are a student: you can order a bank letter from letter requests 
  • Some banks may also request:  
  1. Proof of your UK address: utility or council tax bills 
  2. Proof of your address overseas: a bank statement from your country of origin 

Student Route Visa Orientation

Following completion of your registration, you will receive an email from the Home Office Compliance team inviting you to book on to a mandatory Student Route Visa Orientation session. The Student Route Visa session will equip you with all the essential information you will need while you are an international student in the UK.

Engagement monitoring

We are required by law to inform the Home Office if any student on a Student Route Visa is not engaging regularly and, if so, your Student Route Visa could be revoked. 

Read more about visa and immigration