International and exchange pre-departure checklist
As an international, exchange or study abroad student coming to study at the University of Surrey, there are a number of things you must do before you travel to the UK.
Apply for accommodation
Apply for University accommodation, await an acceptance email and submit your pre-payment.
You will need your Surrey student number to apply. Put any special requirements in the space on the form e.g. permission to purchase a fridge to store your medicine in, etc.
Check your passport
International students - your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the start of your course. If you have to order a new passport, please scan a copy of this and send this to the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) team. You will need to do this even if you have already received your visa.
Exchange and study abroad students - your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the end of your stay. If you order a new passport, please scan a copy and send it to the International Engagement Office. You will need to do this even if you have already received your visa.
Get travel and medical insurance
Take out travel insurance to cover any loss of luggage or travel delays and cancellations, together with medical insurance, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. The health surcharge, EHIC cards and reciprocal healthcare agreements will only provide partial medical cover so most international students will require some additional cover. University accommodation provides some belongings cover for your room.
Visit your home doctor
For ongoing medical conditions, bring with you a good supply of medicine and a letter from your doctor or medical notes translated into English.
Set up your IT account
As soon as you are notified via email, set up your IT account. Keep your confirmation of registration as you will need to show this when you register in person at the University.
Register for a GP
Those applying for a Student visa can register online with a local doctor (a ‘GP’) before you arrive to save time. The health surcharge you paid with your visa application entitles you to the same NHS health care as UK residents. Other students (Visitors) should only register with a GP if you need treatment. Any students with an existing medical condition should book a phone appointment with a local GP for your first week at Surrey.
Order UK currency
To help cover the first few weeks in the UK including small amounts of cash for use at the airport and your first few days at Surrey, we recommend getting no more than £400 in currency.
Pack your bags and purchase a bedding pack
When you are coming to the UK for just a few months or years, it is hard to decide what to bring. View our what to pack guide for recommendations, and why not purchase a University bedding pack which will be waiting for you when you arrive?
View our semester and vacation dates to plan ahead.
Email your family copies of your passport, UK Visas, Immigration decision letter (as appropriate) and accommodation allocation email, in case of an emergency.
Get your phone unlocked so that it can be used with any UK sim card.