Student Registry

International Student Advisory Service

Lancaster University home page
  My Location > Student Based Services > Student Registry > International Services > Introductory Week
About SBS|Contact Us


International Student Menu

Customer Service Excellence



Intro Week

If you are going to study a taught programme that begins in October, the week before your course starts will be Intro Week. There will be lots of opportunities to join clubs and societies and meet other students and staff.


International Students Evening, Wednesday 2nd October 2013

19:30-22:30 in The Great Hall. Welcome speeches from University Leadership followed by entertaining demonstrations from some of the University’s clubs and societies


International Orientation Thursday 3rd October 2013

09:15-13:00 in the George Fox Foyer and Lecture Theatre.
There will be a variety of exhibition stands in the foyer, and  the sessions listed below in the lecturer theatre:

09:30: Welcome from Professor Steve Bradley, Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Students.

09:35: The International Student Advisory Service and Student Based Services: Presentation on a wide range of support available for international students (including EU) and an explanation of how to use 'The Base'. This session will also include important information you need to know about your visa conditions.

09:50: Safety and security: tips and guidance to ensure your stay in Lancaster and the UK is safe. Please note that Lancaster is in the top 3 safest cities in the UK, but even so, being in a foreign country can make you vulnerable.

10:10: Managing your Money: Information about costs in the UK, advice about where to shop in Lancaster, insurance, driving in the UK and other useful tips.

10:30: Health and well-being: Presentations on how to access the UK’s National Health Service and information about the welfare and counselling services.

10:50: Getting used to life in Britain: Making the cultural adjustment to living in the UK. The session will cover recognising and dealing with culture shock, information and tips about British culture.

11:10: Break and networking opportunity - Brunch and refreshments will be served including fruit, croissants, muffins, fruit juice, tea and coffee.


11:40: Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) – Find out about how LUSU works, how you can be involved and the work they do.

12:00: Life as an international student – A personal journey: Some tips and insights from current international students.

12:20: The UK’s academic and learning culture: What every international student should know about studying in the UK. Advice and information about the UK academic learning environment and study skills support at Lancaster University.

12:40: Working in the UK: Practical advice about working in the UK during and after your studies. Session to include information about your legal entitlements, work related visas and UK recruitment culture.



Registration is the process by which an applicant who has accepted an offer of a place formally becomes a student at Lancaster University.
The Registration process at Lancaster University comprises two stages:

  • Pre-Registration (actions to be taken online);
  • Registration (actions to be completed when you start at the University)

Registration must be completed to receive full access to IT and Library resources.

You will receive an email containing more information about registration and the login details you need to complete  online pre-registration at
If you don’t receive this you can complete it at the registration event when you arrive. There is a schedule of registration events during intro-week depending on your course of study. Check the schedule in The Guide (link to The Guide pdf) for when you should register.


It is especially important to register if you are an international student, because if you don’t register we will report this to the Home Office and they will curtail (cancel) your leave to remain and you will have to leave the UK.

When you go to register, take the following with you:

To order letters proving that you are a student go to the student portal


Police Registration

If you are a national of one of the countries listed below you will need to register with the police when you arrive at the UK.

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon
Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen

For your convenience we have invited the police to your registration event so that you can register with the police when you register with the University. You will need to bring with you:

  • Police registration fee of £34
  • Passport and visa/biometric residence permit
  • One passport sized photograph
  • Photocopy of main passport page and entry clearance/visa page of biometric residence permit
  • If you have previously studied in the UK and already have a Police registration Certificate you do not need to pay for a new one – please take your existing certificate to the Police registration session to have your information update

If you are unable to attend your scheduled session you  must register with the police at the local police station within 7 days of your arrival in the UK. Please note that if you change your address during your studies, you need to inform the police of this. The location of the nearest police station is in Thurnham Street in the city centre. Postcode for online map or satellite navigation purposes is LA1 1YB.


Download the police registration form here






Search SBS














| Home | Staff Profiles | Publications | Accessibility | Site Map | Disclaimer and Copyright | Translate | Feedback