UK arrival checklist

Students eating in Wates House

Find out what to expect during your first few weeks when you arrive at the University of Surrey. These page 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 incorporate 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.

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.)

Attend international orientation events

Attend the International Orientation Programme sessions that you have booked. 

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Attend University registration

Attend University registration where you will be given your student ID card.

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Check your welcome timetable

Make sure you attend events, talks and inductions to help you settle into university life.

View your personalised welcome timetable

Register with a doctor

Register with Guildowns Group Practice to support you with your health in the UK.

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Get your National Insurance number

If you 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.

Apply now

Attend police registration

If your visa has been issued for more than six months you may need to attend police registration

Book your registration online

Access support

View a host of support resources on MySurrey, or pop into the MySurrey Hive to visit the International Student Support team.

Open a UK bank account

If you haven't done so already, set up a UK bank account online or in person in one of the local banks in Guildford.

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