Joining us on campus
We're looking forward to welcoming you
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the International Study Centre. When you join us on campus, you will benefit from a face-to-face teaching, supported by an online hub and other online resources.
It is important that you are able to regularly attend your face-to-face classes as this is a UK visa requirement. To help with this, we provide accommodation options and support with the booking process. Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.
Here to support you
From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:
- What to pack
- Planning for your arrival
- How to make the most of your time with us
When you confirm your place, you will be able to access our Welcome Hub, which will give you lots of useful information to help you prepare for joining us on campus.
- Your passport and visa
- UKVI Decision Letter
- International Study Centre offer letter
- CAS statement
- Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
- Accommodation documents
- Four passport-sized photographs
- Insurance documents (unless you are covered by StudyCare)
- Medical certificates and vaccination records
You should bring any prescription medication with you, as well as your prescriptions translated into English. To help make your first few days as stress-free as possible you should also bring any essential toiletries for your flight and arrival with you too. You can purchase any other medications or toiletries once you arrive in Kingston upon Thames.
There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, but we recommend you bring comfortable clothes that you’ll enjoy living and learning in. Kingston experiences all four seasons, so you should bring sensible clothing for all weather conditions – including a warm coat! Kingston has plenty of shops for you to buy clothes once you arrive.
- It’s always useful to carry a small amount of British money with you – we recommend bringing £50 with you as you travel to the UK.
- Bringing your own travel adapter means you can start using your electronic items straight away.
- Even though you’ll find plenty of computer facilities on campus, having your own computer means you can study whenever is convenient for you, as well as easily contact your family. We can help you purchase a laptop that meets study requirements at a reasonable price through our trusted supplier, Plan-IT.
- If you’re under 18 years old, you should also bring your Guardianship letter.
Once you arrive
What to expect on arrival
There’ll be plenty of induction activities for you to join once you arrive in Kingston. You will immediately be a part of a welcoming and supportive community, both at the International Study Centre and the wider university. Making friends should be easy and our nurturing staff are here to ensure you find the support you need to succeed both academically and socially.