International student checklist

International student checklist

Before you arrive

Apply for a visa or entry clearance (if applicable)

  • Apply for accommodation or research private housing (accommodation should be booked and confirmed prior to entry into the UK)
  • Plan your journey to ensure you arrive in time to attend any inductions programmes
  • Arrange travel insurance
  • Arrange medical insurance if you are studying at Amity for less than 6 months
  • If you are studying at Amity for more than six months as a tier 4 student, you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge (allowing NHS access) as part of your visa application fee. The charge will be £150 per year of leave granted on your visa. 
  • If you need to bring medication make sure you have a doctor's note translated into English to accompany it
  • Plan your budget 
  • Check for any restrictions on the amount of money you can take out of your country and any restrictions on goods that can be bought into the UK
  • Ensure you have access to sufficient funds should you experience any initial complications opening a UK bank account

Packing your bags 

  • Valuables (phone, wallet, iPod etc.)
  • Passport (containing visa if applicable)
  • Amity offer letter and/or CAS email
  • Financial evidence
  • Address of UK accommodation
  • Tickets/Online flight booking
  • UK pound sterling for any initial costs (taxi fares, food etc.)
  • Clothing (a jumper, waterproof etc.)

 What not to pack

  • Items that can easily be bought in the UK
  • Books - these will take up considerable baggage allowance and it is unlikely that you will receive your reading list until you have enrolled
  • Towels and bedding - these will take up valuable space in your luggage and can be purchased locally or through some student accommodation
  • Banned or restricted items - these can be viewed on the HM Revenue & Customs website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/banned-restricted.htm

When you have arrived 

  • Pay the remaining tuition fees if you have not done so already
  • Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (Tier 4 students only) 
  • Enrol - you will have received an enrolment appointment
  • Attend induction programme - details of these will be sent directly from the Academic Unit 

Immediate "to do" list 

  • Contact Amity Office to let us know that you have arrived
  • Register with a GP
  • Register with the police if required
  • Open a UK bank account
  • Get a mobile phone/UK SIM card