New Students

Travel documents

As you get ready to travel into the UK, make sure you have all the documents you need.

If you are an international student who is travelling from overseas, make sure you have your documents ready before you travel. 

Documents checklist

  • Passport (proof of identity for all circumstances)
  • Study visa (for all international students to be checked at a UK airport)
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Certificate (if applicable to your home country, you must carry in hand luggage)
  • Driving licence (additional proof of identity, if you have one)
  • At least three months of prescribed medication and an explanation letter - written in English from your doctor (for GP registration)
  • Letter evidence of a disability, learning difficulty or health condition - written in English within last 6 months by a medical professional, outlining disability and how it may affect learning.
  • Cash (in case opening a bank account takes a long time to open, recommended no more than £1000.00)

Passenger locator form

Before you travel to the UK, you will need to provide the Government with details of your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate.

You must submit the passenger locator form 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK. You cannot submit the form before then.

If you do not complete this form and present it when asked on arrival, you may be fined £60 in Scotland. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you are either a UK citizen or a UK resident).

Complete the passenger locator form

How to stay safe

While travelling

  • Take special care of your passport, visa and travel documents
  • Keep a photocopy or scan of your passport and any visa stamps in case it gets lost
  • NEVER carry large amounts of cash, and keep any money that you do carry hidden in a secure place on your person
  • Don’t put cash or other valuables in your check-in luggage
  • Label your luggage clearly so that it can be sent to you if it gets lost
  • If you are travelling on your own and you need to sleep, try using your hand luggage as a pillow so you will wake if anyone tries to tamper with it
  • Use padlocks to lock the zips on your bags and cases

Know Before You Go - staying safe and healthy abroad (Gov.UK)

University support services

Student Immigration Service

Student Disability Service

More about arriving from overseas

Travel to Scotland

Visa applications

Pack your bags to come to the UK

Airport safety