Once you have received your visa you are ready to make your arrangements for travelling to the UK and arriving in Bath.

This may be your first time travelling to the UK and living away from home. The experience can be both exciting and overwhelming and you may not know what to expect when you finally arrive.

The below information will help you prepare for your journey to the UK and your first few weeks here, the International Advice Service are on hand to answer your questions so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any worries or questions.

As well as our website, you will find a wealth of information and helpful guides on the British Council website

Hand luggage

You are required by the UK Home Office to carry with you the following in your hand luggage when you come to the UK for the first time as a Tier 4 student in paper form:

  • The original academic qualifications as listed in the evidence text box of your CAS;
  • The original English language qualification the university has used to assess your English; this will also be listed in the evidence text box of your CAS;
  • Your BRP letter (if the visa in your passport is valid for 30 days). This letter is sent to you when you receive your documents back from the Visa Application Centre;
  • Your TB certificate (if required);
  • Your ATAS certificate (if required).

You should also have documents relating to:

  • your studies (letter from your university/college/school, including your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies number if you are coming to the UK as a Tier 4 student);
  • your finances;
  • where you are going to stay.

You should also be prepared to answer a few simple questions from the Border Officer.

The UK Border Force have prepared 10 Top Tips to help your entry into the UK to be as smooth as possible.

Find out more about arriving and our airport pick-up service

When you arrive

You must:

  • be in the UK and ready for study at the beginning of each term;
  • register with the police within 7 days of arrival if you are required to do so; this is determined by your nationality. Please read the information about police registration below;
  • pick up your BRP card from the local Post Office.

Biometric Residence Permits

Biometric Residence Permits or BRPs are secure ID cards which contain personal details and biometric information for those who have applied for permission to come to the UK for more than 6 months.  They are similar in size and function to an ID card.

When you arrive in Bath, please make arrangements to go to the Post Office as soon as possible to collect your BRP card. You must take your passport and your UKVI visa decision letter with you.

Please go to the Post Office in Bath city centre to collect your BRP. Thousands of students collect their BRP from this Post Office each year and it should be a simple, easy process.

Address: 27 Northgate St, Bath BA1 1AJ

Police registration

Police registration is a requirement for anyone from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Failure to register with the relevant police force when required to do so risks a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months’ imprisonment.

If you will be in the UK for more than 6 months you are required to register with the police.  It costs £34 and you need to take to the police station;

  • your Passport;
  • 2 Passport-sized photographs;
  • £34.00 in cash;
  • the BRP letter issued in your home country; OR
  • your biometric residence permit (if you have one).

Once you have been successfully registered you’ll be issued with a Police Registration Certificate. Please keep this document in a safe place.

To register with the police in Bath, please go to:

Bath Foreign National Registration Unit
One Stop Shop
3-4 Manvers Street
01278 645566

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15

Reporting changes of circumstances

You must also ensure that you update the police within seven days if you change address during your studies; extend your Tier 4 leave; renew your passport; get married; or if any of the other details on your Police Registration Certificate change

You can find more information on the Avon and Somerset Police and gov.uk websites.

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