Before you travel
Are you ready to make the journey to Lancaster? Read through this handy checklist
What do I need to bring?
Use the following checklist to make sure that you are ready to begin your journey to Lancaster:
- Do you have the correct visa which allows you to enter the UK as a student at Lancaster University?
- Have you ensured that you can meet all of your costs for fees, accommodation, travel and food?
- Have you got enough money with you to meet immediate costs when you arrive?
- Have you got all the documents together that you need in your hand luggage? Remember your travel documents, letter of acceptance, tuberculosis certificate if applicable and money that you can easily access upon arrival.
- Have you taken photocopies of your passport, visa and any travellers’ cheques?
- Have you gathered together the original documents that you used to apply for your course including academic transcripts or certificates and English Language Certificate? You will need the original documents during registration. If you do not bring the documents with you, the University can only provisionally register you, and you will need to arrange for the documents to be posted to you from your home country.
- Have you noted down the telephone numbers, websites and email addresses that you may need when you arrive, including your UK embassy?
- Have you arranged your travel to Lancaster?
- Have you made arrangements for your onward travel to Lancaster from the airport?
- Have you taken out medical and other insurance if this is required?
- Have you arranged suitable accommodation for your stay at Lancaster University?
- Have you checked your baggage allowance and cabin restrictions with the airline you are flying with?
And what shouldn’t I bring?
There are very strict rules about what you can bring into the UK without paying duty tax. Some goods such as plants and foods are also restricted by law, and there are strict rules on drugs. If you are not sure what goods you can bring into the UK, you should check with your local British Embassy or High Commission.
You can also check the Home Office web pages.
When should I travel?
The length of time you can stay in the UK will be stated on your visa or Biometric Identification Document. Please do not attempt to travel to the UK before the valid start date and check your visa details carefully before you leave home.
All new students are asked to arrive on the date given to you by your allocated College. Please do not arrange to travel before this date if you are living on campus because your accommodation may not be ready.