Arriving and living in the UK

Advice to help international students adjust to life in the UK and at UWE Bristol.

What you need to do on arrival at UWE Bristol

  1. Step 1

    Read our guide to moving in to your new home.

  2. Step 2

    Make friends and find out everything you need to know about UWE Bristol at our essential international student orientation sessions.
  3. Step 3

    Attend your face-to-face registration session. We will check your passport and visa, and give you your student ID card.
  4. Step 4

    If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you need a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within ten days of arrival in the UK. There are some small changes to the Biometric Residence Permit card collection process which means you can collect your BRP card from UWE Bristol rather than the nearest post office.
  5. Step 5

    It is a condition of some visas that you register with the police on arrival in the UK. If so, you will need to do this within seven days of arrival in the UK. 
  6. Step 6

    To get healthcare in the UK you must register with a doctor. Read more about accessing healthcare.

  7. Step 7

    Fill in a bank letter request online and collect the letter from an Information Point. Read more information about opening an account in the UK on the UK Council for Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
  8. Step 8

    At your course induction you can meet tutors and other students, and find out about your course. Read your preparing to study details for more information.
  9. Step 9

    Learn everything you need to know about getting started with our IT systems, including how to connect to the WiFi network, where to find a student computer and who to contact when something isn’t working.

Adjusting to life in the UK

It can take time to adjust to life in a new country and as you adjust to life in Bristol you may realise that aspects of your new surroundings such as the food, dress, climate and values may be different from those in your home country.

There may be times when you feel uncertain or confused by your new surroundings, but advice and support is always available. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has useful information about adjusting to a new culture.

There are lots of things that you can do to settle into your new life in Bristol:

"Bristol’s a great city to be in. It’s very green, friendly and culturally diverse, and much better than London, which is just too busy. Everybody’s welcome and everyone feels at home here."

Muhammad, BEng Aerospace Engineering

Muhammad BEng Aerospace Engineering

International Arrival Guide

Take a look at our International Arrival Guide, which will give you some pointers on what to expect when you arrive at UWE Bristol and ways to adjust to living in the UK.

International Arrival Guide (PDF)


English language support

Improving your English will support your academic writing skills and help you gain confidence. We offer a wide range of English language courses, specifically designed for international students.

Student support

The Global Student Support team co-ordinate our international student orientation sessions, and they can give you information and advice to help you settle in. Contact them at:

You can also get in touch with the University's student support services.