International students

International Students

Before you arrive

Congratulations on your exam success and a warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire. Moving to university is a big change, so we want to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. The information on this page will introduce you to the university and help you start planning for your arrival in the UK.


Immigration and Visa Advice

Immigration & Visa Advice

You will need a visa to enter the UK as a student. The Student Immigration and Compliance Team provide guidance to students from outside the UK and can give immigration advice, in particular for Tier 4 Student visas. Please see our visa advice webpage for help and guidance on obtaining your visa.

To give new international students a better idea of what they can expect when crossing the border, the UK Home Office have devised a helpful list of '10 top tips'.


Arrival Information

Our International Arrival Guide contains all the important information that you will need to ensure you are prepared for leaving home and living at university. There is advice on travelling to the UK, visas, paying your tuition fees and the cost of living in Preston, as well as information on the range of support services available to you at the University. Please read this booklet before you leave home and save an electronic copy for reference.

If you are arranging your own travel please see our Travel Directions.


Student Accommodation

If you already have a student accommodation offer from UCLan, you should have received details of where and when to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the Accommodation Portal. If you’ve not already applied, you should check the latest room availability for university owned or leased accommodation and start the application process as soon as possible.


Validate your email address

You should have received an email from us which will allow you to validate your personal email address if that is the one you’ve provided. If you have not received this email, please email Once you’ve validated your email you will receive other important information from us over the following weeks, including your username and password so you can access the university network - so keep checking your inbox!


Your UCLan Card

Your UCLan card is your University identification and will provide you with access to the university network and a variety of services. You will also need your UCLan card to register your attendance at lectures and classes.


Order your UCLan card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your student ID number with you to log in. Your UCLan card will be ready for collection from the library when you arrive on campus.



Essential Course Information

Some courses have essential information that you should read before you arrive at the university. Depending on what you are studying, you may need to find out about reading lists, specialist equipment or project work that you should complete over the summer. Search for your course using our A-Z list.


Bring important documents

During your first week at UCLan you will need to formally enrol on your programme of study. You can successfully enrol by visiting the <i> Student Information Centre at the Library. Remember, you will need to bring the following original documents (not copies) for us to check during your enrolment:

  • Proof of identity - Passport and visa (including your Biometric Residence Permit, if you have one), birth certificate or driving licence.
  • Proof of qualifications (examination certificates or transcripts )
  • Your University offer letter, also known as a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter.


Make friends before you arrive

Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which you can join before you arrive. This provides an ideal opportunity to make friends, meet classmates, and ask any questions you may have. Discover your subject group and start chatting with other students today


Welcome Week

During your first few weeks we will be running a Welcome Week programme to help all students settle into life at the University of Central Lancashire and in the UK. UCLan Welcome is a festival of activities and information sessions designed to help you get used to life at UCLan as well as life in the UK; along with a calendar of social events where you can meet other new students.

Log in to the Student Portal to check your course timetable and find out more about our great range of social events.

Great news - if you’ve already completed the above steps then you’re almost ready to start #TheUCLanExperience.

We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit our Key Information Guide, First Few Weeks and our Good To Know section to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.