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 pages will be regularly updated to reflect any changes to the guidance issued by the UK Government in relation to your studies.

Checklist

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.

Complete self-isolation

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.

Read the rules on entering the UK

Tell the University that you are self-isolating

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 a test slot

Order a free test kit

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.

Learn about Covid-19 vaccinations

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.

Attend university registration

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

Find out more

Check your welcome timetable

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

View your personalised welcome timetable

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.

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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.

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.

Find out more