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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.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are determined to provide the best experience for you in the coming months and to make sure you’re a valued part of our UCLan community. However, there will be a range of extra precautions in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff at our UK campuses.

You can also download an arrival guide specific to our 3 UK campuses:

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 Student Route* 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'.

Please make sure you read all the advice available to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The British Council have put together a specific section of their website to inform students what they must be aware of when travelling to the United Kingdom.

*previously known as Tier 4

The UK Government currently require those arriving from certain international destinations to quarantine for 14 days. We are closely monitoring government advice and our planning will be responsive to changing public health requirements. We strongly advise that you continue to check the UK Home Office website for updates and follow all guidance they provide.

You be required to wear a face covering during your flight or if you are travelling independently on UK public transport so please come equipped with your own face covering or mask. Current social distancing guidelines must also be adhered to.

If your flight into the UK arrives at Manchester airport on one of our Airport Transfer dates, you will be welcomed and collected from the airport by our UCLan welcome team. You can request your complimentary Airport Transfer in advance so we know when you're arriving.

The latest information, advice and more detailed options for your travel to UCLan Campuses can be found on our Arrival into the UK webpage.

We look forward to welcoming you to UCLan and helping you to settle into University life. It is more important than ever to ensure you have your accommodation booked before you reach the UK. On arrival, you will likely need to let the border officials know where you will be staying and refusal to do so may result in your entry to the UK being refused. We urge that your accommodation is secured as soon as possible and close to the campus for any potential quarantine period.

You can apply for your accommodation as soon as you receive your CAS letter, you should apply as soon as possible – you do not need to wait for your visa to be issued.

We have a range of accommodation, so we recommend you book as soon as you can. If you have accepted your UCLan offer, you will receive an email informing you how to book your accommodation.

If you opt to live in UCLan Halls of Residence we have in place our pre-arrival on-line induction packed with lots of helpful information relating to what to bring, how to navigate Campus, how to access all our services and lots more.

Safe arrival to Campus will be managed by our dedicated booking system to enable you to access your new accommodation, and get settled, in a comfortable environment.

If you're already holding an accommodation offer from us, you'll start to receive details from mid-late August of where to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the accommodation portal.

Students living in our shared accommodation will be classified, in keeping with government advice, as sharing a household. Currently this means that students can socialise as a household but would need to observe government advice relating to socialising with other households/flats and having visitors.

Moving to University remains an exciting time and, working with the Student Union, we are developing a series of virtual events to assist you in making friends and enjoying a fun and memorable student experience. Our on-site residential management team look forward to offering you a warm welcome and will be available to help you with any matter relating to living at UCLan.

Please be reassured that our student accommodation will be managed in line with all social distancing requirements and that our planning will be responsive to changing public health requirements. We realise that starting University is both a daunting and exciting time. Support and help is available to you every step of the way to ensure your experience with us is enjoyable and rewarding.

We offer free internet access if you are living in halls owned or leased by the University. While we are providing as much face-to-face learning as our campus spaces will allow, you will also be able to access any online lectures in your accommodation with the ability to watch again at a time suitable for you.

If you have any queries regarding UCLan accommodation, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Private accommodation

If you opt to live in private accommodation, please contact your landlord directly to finalise your arrival arrangements. If you need any further advice, please contact

The Student Accommodation private sector team at UCLan works closely with private providers, registered on UCLan Landlord Registration Scheme, and will be able to assist you as needed. If you need any further assistance please contact the student accommodation team at

If we have received your personal email address, you will have received an email from us asking you to validate and confirm it is correct. Please look out for this email and click the link to confirm your email address.

If you don't do this, we will be unable able to send you your UCLan username and password. You may not have received this request if you made your application through an agent. If you haven't received this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail, please contact

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

You can order your UCLan ID card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your University Application ID Number / Registration Number with you to log in.

Your UCLan ID card will be posted to your UK address after you have arrived into the UK. Please ensure that your UK address is correctly entered in full whilst completing your Online Course Enrolment.

Enrolment is the formal step which confirms your status as a student at the University of Central Lancashire and enables your access to all University services. As soon as we've emailed your username and password you should use these to enrol on your course.

This should take no longer than 10 minutes and must be done before you travel to the UK. The process will ask you to upload colour copies of your identity, immigration and qualification documents as necessary.

Please ensure you bring with you in your luggage any documents you are asked to provide when enrolling or travelling to the UK. This is because you will be asked to show them in person at some stage during your first semester. This may include:

  • Passport, birth certificate or driving license.
  • Visa letter from the UK Home Office
  • Confirmation of Acceptance to Study Letter
  • Original Academic Qualification Certificates
  • Biometric Residence Permit (if you have one)
  • ATAS Certificate (If required)

Any changes to this process will be emailed to all students as soon as they are confirmed.

Most compulsory welcome sessions as well as many lectures and other taught sessions will take place online via Microsoft Teams. You will need a computer to be able to carry out your studies. If you’re looking to buy a new laptop we would recommend looking at the options available through the Microsoft Store. Please ensure you have installed Microsoft Teams on your computer, laptop or tablet so you can join in any timetabled sessions. Information on how to do this can be found on the LIS Web pages. These events and talks will help you learn about the Support Services at UCLan, meet your course mates and tutors and help you prepare for when teaching begins.

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. There's also a range of accommodation groups too, to meet your flat mates before you arrive.

Your safety on campus is the priority, and we look forward to welcoming you to our safe and welcoming campus. We will continue to be led by Government guidance and complete thorough risk assessments for every element of campus activity.

The current coronavirus alert level in the UK is 3, which means that the virus is in general circulation, but transmission is not high or rising exponentially. The reproduction rate for the virus in the North West is also believed to be under 1, which means each infected person passes it on to fewer than one person, so the virus is in decline. However, we all need to be careful as the virus has not gone away.

We have a range of measures in place to help keep you safe:

  • Social distancing measures will be in place, with reduced building and classroom occupancy
  • Clear signage will direct you round campus, showing a keep left system, separate entrances and exits where possible, and defined capacities within teaching and social spaces. There will be fixed hand sanitiser stations around campus, with one at every building entrance/exit, outside every bathroom and restaurant, and dotted around each teaching floor
  • Friendly staff and student helpers will be visible on campus offering advice, directions and reminding about social distancing
  • All areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the day including bathrooms and restaurants and classrooms. Antibacterial wipes will be available in high turnover areas like the library and computer rooms, for you to clean your keyboard and mouse before using.
  • All essential services like student wellbeing appointments and academic advisor meetings will be able to be done online
  • The UCLan security team regularly patrols the campus and is available 24/7 if you have any concerns. Just call 01772 892068 or ext. 2068 from a campus phone (deaf users please text 07891 679 537)

We’ve done everything we can to make campus a safe place but staying safe is everyone’s responsibility - we are all in this together and we may be living with coronavirus for a long time. It is important to be mindful that while some people may be happy living a near-normal life, others in different circumstances (for example those in a vulnerable group) will be naturally nervous around others.

You can find useful information about ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable stay in the UK in on the The British Council’s website which is aimed at higher education (and FE) international students. The ‘Safety First’ guide is also useful for short term students and their dependants or those on Student Route exchange schemes.

We strongly advise all students to ensure both your MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations are up to date before you begin university. Measles is caused by a very infectious virus and can cause rashes, high fevers and can lead to very serious complications in adults.

Untreated meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. If you have any queries regarding your vaccinations, you should contact your local GP surgery and arrange an appointment. Please visit the NHS's webpages for information about the vaccines against measles and meningitis.

We’ve got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit read our additional information and guidance to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.


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Browse our new students' most frequently asked questions. If you can't find an answer to your question here, then do please contact us and we will do our very best to help.

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Need help planning your journey?

Once you have received your CAS letter, Student Services staff will contact you by email with further information that will help you prepare for your arrival in the UK. Should you have any questions or concerns you can respond to the emails or contact us direct on