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Your Pre-departure check-list

  1. Book your accommodation with UNIC or find private accommodation in the town

    When you arrive in Northampton, you will want to settle in quickly to your new home. The best way to do this is to book your accommodation before you arrive in the UK. This means that when you get here, you don't have to worry about finding somewhere in a hurry. Please be aware that enrolment is the busiest time for the University so if you leave it until when you arrive to book you could face long delays of up to 2 weeks. Click here to view our official halls of residence or email accommodation@unic.northampton.ac.uk for assistance with private options.

  2. Apply for your Tier 4 Visa

    It is important that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK. To find out more on how to make a successful visa application go to the visa guide section.

  3. Book your flight and Airport Transfers

    Once you have received your visa, the next step is to book your flights to the UK. For January, Orientation starts on Monday 21st January 2019 so make sure you arrive before this date so you don’t miss out on any of the great welcome week activities. You can arrange for an airport pick-up by completing our arrival form.

  4. Make friends with other UNIC students

    Why wait until you arrive in Northampton to make friends with your new classmates? Visiting UNIC's Facebook Group is a great way to hear more about what is going on with UNIC's current students. It is also a fantastic place to make contacts with other students who will be new to UNIC just like you. You could meet your future housemate or best friend! Click here to join now.

  5. What to bring

    The weather in the UK is very unpredictable. Medium weight clothing such as sweatshirts are appropriate throughout the year but warmer clothing and footwear is needed for winter (December – February). 

    You can find out more detailed information on the weather in Northampton today by visiting the BBC weather centre website.


    Northampton has a good selection of shops so you don't need to worry about bringing everything from home but it is a good idea to bring some personal items (basic toiletries etc.) so that you do not need to go shopping as soon as you arrive.

    If you need glasses or contact lenses, we also advise that you bring a spare pair and a current optical prescription, as these items can be expensive in the UK.

  6. What to carry in your hand luggage

    There are a number of important documents you will need to bring with you in your hand luggage. These include:

    • A valid passport and student visa
    • At least four passport-sized photographs *
    • Your unconditional Offer of Admission
    • Your CAS Statement
    • Your Acceptance of Admission Form (completed)
    • Originals of your academic qualifications (including evidence of English proficiency)
    • Any medical prescriptions/certificates/history/reports
    • Full details and evidence of your accommodation in the UK
    • Evidence of funds - a letter confirming personal or family resources, or confirmation of your sponsorship
    • Proof of your address in your home country
    • Your Tier 4 decision letter
    • Contact details of family/friends in the event of an emergency
    • If you are under 18, your guardian details and letter of consent from your parents
    • Completed landing card (given to you on your flight if you are not travelling from an EEA country)
    • Something warm for when you leave the airport in the UK. Also, the air conditioning can leave you feeling quite cold on flights.

    *It is useful to bring a number of small (passport-sized) full-face photographs, as these are often required for various cards (such as student railcards) and for police registration (if required); they must be standard UK passport size.

    For hand-luggage restrictions please click here.

    Immigration clearance procedures

    Once you have arrived at the UK airport you will need to go through immigration clearance. Immigration procedures at British airports can be very strict and thorough and may result in a considerable delay especially during peak traffic periods (at the start of term and UK holiday periods). For information on what goods you may bring into the UK, please watch this short video: