It's exciting to study and live in another country, but the planning stages may feel a bit daunting. Follow our simple steps to make your journey to the UK as smooth as possible.
Once you’ve applied for your English course, we recommend that you start to look at flights, as prices can vary for different airlines and at different times of the year.
The cheapest flight is not necessarily the best option: make sure that you check the luggage allowance for each flight. If you are taking a pre-sessional English course and progressing on to a degree course, it's likely that you’ll want to bring more luggage.
During summer, temperatures in the UK are usually around 17–25 degrees. It may get warmer in July and August, when temperatures on occasion can reach up to 30 degrees.
The temperature generally starts to drop towards the end of September, and may only reach 1–2 degrees by winter. It may even fall below zero from December–February. The days also start to get shorter from October. It usually gets dark about 4 pm.
Think carefully about what you pack, based on the time of year you will be coming to the UK and how long you will be staying. If you are coming for one of our pre-sessional courses and progressing on to a degree, it's a good idea to pack a mixture of clothes.
We recommend that you pack:
You won’t need to bring:
During your orientation programme, we’ll show you places where you can buy these items at a reasonable price.
As part of your English course we offer a free airport pick-up from all London airports. To book this service, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would prefer to make your own way to the university we provide details of all transport options in our pre-arrival guide.
During your first few days in the UK there are a number of things you’ll need to do. These are listed below.
On your first day you’ll enrol onto your English course (you'll get an email about how to do complete the first part of the online task).
If you haven’t already paid your course fees you’ll need to do this at the finance office on campus.
Once you’ve completed enrolment, you’ll be issued with a student ID card. Your student ID card will give you access to university facilities: keep it with you when on university grounds.
Some (but not all) international students need to register with the local police on arrival. This will be stated clearly on your entry clearance (visa) sticker.
If you need to register with the police, you must do this within seven days of your arrival in the UK – or at least book an appointment. You must book an appointment before you go the police station. Our International Student Advice team will give you details of how to do this on your orientation day.
You’ll need to take the following to the police station:
If you have been living in the UK and are already registered with the police, but have moved to Cambridge or Chelmsford, you’ll need to go to the police station and tell them your new address. You won’t need to book an appointment to do this.
Check the Government's immigration rules webpage for more details.
All major banks have branches in Cambridge and Chelmsford, close to campus. Cash dispensing machines (ATMS), usually take cards from banks worldwide.
If you are studying on one of our longer English courses (Pre-sessional or English for University Studies) you’ll probably want to open a bank account. We can tell you more about UK banks during your orientation programme. Once you have chosen which bank you want to join, you’ll need to get a letter from our iCentre and take this to the bank. The iCentre is on campus in Cambridge and Chelmsford. You’ll usually have to make an appointment with a bank to set up a new account.
As you may not have a bank account for a few weeks, we strongly recommend that you keep any cash in a safe and secure place.
During your time at Anglia Ruskin, we hope you will be in good health. Before you leave home, check if you need medical insurance to cover your time overseas. We have medical centres on both our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses; we'll show you where they are during your orientation programme.
Don’t worry about missing out on food from home. In Cambridge and Chelmsford there are lots of international restaurants including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Middle Eastern and much more. You’ll also find a number of international supermarkets. Shops are generally open from 9am-5.30pm (Monday-Saturday) and 11am-5pm (Sunday). Many supermarkets are open until 10am and some are open 24 hours.
If you are living on campus you’ll have access to a shared kitchen, for cooking.
If you are arriving late at night or in the early hours of the morning, it might be a good idea to bring some water and general provisions with you or buy them at the airport.