Preparing for study as an international student
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.
You can also download and print the Welcome Guide so you have a copy with you at all times.
How to prepare your Visa
Find out how to apply for a visa from inside and outside the UK from our Immigration and Visa Help pages.
To register with the University of Salford and start your programme, you must have used your CAS and have made a successful application for a Student Route visa to study in the UK. Find out more about how to apply for your visa.
Travelling to the UK and self-isolation
We understand that government travel advice is changing regularly due to the COVID-19 situation. We are here to support you as much as possible during this process. You can find lots of information about travelling to the UK, travelling from the airport and self-isolation on our FAQ page. Please read the sections titled "International travel" and "Prepare for Self Isolation".
BOOKING AN AIRPORT WELCOME/TRANSFER
If you are travelling into Manchester airport, you can get a free taxi transfer to the University of Salford campus or to your student accommodation in Salford or Manchester.
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.
On arrival at the airport, you will meet your taxi driver at the Travelex Service Desk. Your driver will be holding up a sign with your name on, so please look out for them. Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, you will need to wear a face covering for the duration of the taxi ride.
If you are staying with friends or family, you should arrange for your friends or family to collect you by car. Your friends or family will not be allowed in the airport building, so please arrange to meet them at the car in the designated area.
If you are travelling into London Heathrow or any other airport, you should book a connecting flight to Manchester Airport. You can then book a free taxi service to your accommodation or hotel from Manchester Airport.
If you haven’t already booked your accommodation, it is best to do this as soon as you can. If you are coming from a country where you will be required to self-isolate on arrival, you will need to provide the details of your accommodation before you travel.
If you have booked into our on-campus accommodation with Campus Living Villages (CLV), you can find lots of useful information about how they will support you and keep you safe during COVID-19 on their FAQ page. If you have booked with another accomodation provider, you should contact them to discuss safety procedures and self-isolation support. We have listed some contact details for local accomodation providers on our Coronavirus FAQ page.
For support with booking accommodation, go to our accomodation page.
As well as the University of Salford's accommodation partner, Campus Living Villages (CLV), the Accommodation team can provide a list of alternative accommodation providers. You can contact them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you depart, check that you have all the documents you will need. Make sure you carry all your documents in your hand luggage, so that you have them with you at all times. You will need to show some of these documents to the UK Border Force officers and further documents if you have booked a taxi transfer.
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- Your passport - Remove your passport from any protective casing before handing it to the Border Force officer
- 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
- Your university offer letter - 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 service through Advantage.
- Bring a copy of your completed Passenger Locator Form
What to bring
When packing, make sure you bring your documentation and some money to get you started. Here is our advice on what items are essential, what items are useful and what you don’t need to pack in your suitcase.
Bring these essential items
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:
- Passport and Visa
- Travel and health insurance documents
- Documentary evidence of your finances and ability to pay your fees and to 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
- 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 to buy food 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 arrive. We also recommend bringing an international credit or debit card to avoid using cash and to use during your self-isolation period (if you are required to self-isolate).
- A face mask and hand sanitiser
What you should pack will depend on your individual circumstances. Here are some items we recommend you bring with you:
- Pack at least one warm sweater and a jacket. Cotton or wool fabric are much warmer than synthetic fabrics. You can buy suitable warm clothes at low cost once you arrive. Student support staff or welcome staff can advise where to go for bargains
- A dictionary. This can be very useful especially at the start of your studies
- Small personal items such as photographs that can help your new accommodation feel more like home
- Medication – if you require ongoing medication, it is helpful to bring this in its original packaging, along with a letter written in English from your doctor to confirm: your medical condition and required treatment. You can use this to show your doctor in the UK once registered, to help them continue your treatment. If you are bringing medication, it is important to check the regulations about bringing medication into the UK.
What not to bring
Your entire household!
- You can buy all the household items you may need, such as bedding, or kitchenware locally at low cost – we can tell you where to find everything once you arrive.
- Too many books. You can borrow most books you need at the library or they may be available second hand from other students
There are some things you cannot bring into the UK, or are subject to restrictions:
- Banned goods - These include items such as firearms, knives, imitation or ceremonial weapons, certain fur or animal skin products, indecent or obscene materials
- Food products and plants - There are restrictions on bringing certain food stuffs and plants into the UK. Meat and dairy products are not allowed in most cases, and restrictions apply to vegetables and plants. Restricted goods will be confiscated on arrival, so please check the regulations carefully
- Duty free goods - You can bring in a certain amount of duty/tax free goods into the UK for your own use. This is known as a ‘duty free allowance’. If you go over your allowance, you may have to pay duty or tax. There are limits to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring into the country and on the value of other goods
- Cash - You must declare on arrival any amounts of cash in any currency you are bringing into the UK which is equivalent to or more than 10,000 Euro
Key things to check before you travel
There are a number of important things to check before you leave home. Please read all the sections below thoroughly.
You must have agreed a payment plan with the University for any outstanding tuition fees before you can complete student registration.
You can pay any balance on your fees in full on arrival, or you can arrange to pay the balance in instalments.
For more information visit our askUS pages.
International Right to Study appointment
To register as a student, you will need to attend an International Check in Appointment online, in order to meet Home Office requirements. Find the full details of how to do this on our International Registration for new students page.
It is important to register promptly and before the start of term so that you can access your learning resources. See the registration page for more information on how to do this.
It is important to make a note of all important dates which relate to your immigration status and set reminders for taking any action required, such as applying for a Visa extension or renewing your passport. You should take note of:
- The date your current Visa expires
- The date your passport expires
- Dates you are meeting with your supervisor (if you are a research student, or a masters student who has progressed to writing up your dissertation)
Our Immigration and Visas website contains a wealth of information, resources and guides to help support you through your time at the University of Salford. If you cannot find the information you need on our website, please get in touch with the Home Office Compliance team in askUS:
- Email: HomeOfficeCompliance@salford.ac.uk
- Telephone: 0161 295 0023
You must provide a UK address and telephone number as part of the University of Salford's registration process.
It is a requirement of your Visa that you inform the University of Salford if either should change.
If you don’t have a permanent address when you register with the University of Salford, you can provide a temporary address.
When this changes you must update your details.
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.
Please note that the government have confirmed that students who need to register with the police do not need to do so whilst social distancing measures are in place in the UK.
Before you travel you must:
- Review the latest government guidance
- Complete the Passenger Locator Form and bring a copy with you
- Prepare for your self-isolation period, including accommodation and travel from the airport. More information available on our FAQ page.
- Bring a face mask and hand sanitiser
- Bring an international credit or debit card to avoid using cash and to use during your self-isolation period (if required)
- Check your travel and health insurance
Travelling to campus
We are situated just 2km from Manchester city centre - so close you can walk. We are also just 2.5km from MediaCityUK. The 50 bus, operated by Stagecoach, runs every 10-15 minutes from Manchester city centre via the University of Salford’s main Peel Park campus and Salford Shopping Centre, between 7am and 11pm, Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 6pm at the weekend.
Students can travel free between the main University campus, Peel Park, and MediaCityUK on production of their University ID cards.
The X50 runs every 15 minutes from Manchester city centre to the Trafford Centre via Salford Quays. Our MediaCityUK campus is just a few minutes’ walk from the Imperial War Museum stop on Trafford Wharf Road, via footbridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering at all times whilst using public transport in England.
You can find out more about travelling to campus on our Find us page.
To find out more about transport links in Greater Manchester, visit Transport for Greater Manchester.
We are required by law to inform the Home Office if any student on a Student Route Visa is not attending regularly and, if so, your Student Route Visa could be revoked. For further details, visit the Visa and Immigration webpages.