UK arrival checklist
Find out what to expect during your first few weeks when you arrive at the University of Surrey. These pages will be regularly updated to reflect any changes to the guidance issued by the UK Government in relation to your studies.
Contact friends and family
Call or email home to let your family and friends know you have arrived safely.
Collect your keys
Locate your accommodation and collect the key as directed in your accommodation confirmation email. This section of the checklist will be updated to inform you of any quarantine measures. If you are required to quarantine on arrival, we will ensure that you have the necessary information to do so comfortably and safely.
All students travelling to the UK must self-isolate. The length of time that you need to self-isolate will depend on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not or whether you are travelling from a country on the red list.
Book an asymptomatic Covid test
You are required to take asymptomatic Covid tests at least twice per week as soon as you arrive (once you have completed any periods of self-isolation) to help us protect each other. We have free testing available at Surrey Sports Park which you can book online, or you can order a free rapid home test kit from the UK government website.
Book your Covid-19 vaccination
Anyone over the age of 18 in the UK can get a Covid-19 vaccination. This includes students who are arriving from abroad who have had a partial vaccination dose or no dose at all.
Collect your BRP
Collect your biometric residence permit, using your UKVI decision letter and passport from the Guildford Post Office (if the BRP collection point changes, you will receive an email from us, confirming the new location). Please do not leave self-isolation to collect it.
Register with 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.
Get your National Insurance number
If you have a Student visa and want to work part-time and your biometric residence permit (BRP) doesn't have a National Insurance number printed on it, you will need to apply for one.