Pre-arrival information for new students

International students at Surrey ISC

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.

Download the pre-arrival guide for information about:

  • Applying for your visa
  • Booking your accommodation
  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • What to pack
  • What to bring on your first day
  • Your arrival in the UK
  • The University campus

Students must send a photo of themselves for their campus cards which are printed pre-arrival. Please send a passport-style photo as a high quality jpg (not jpeg), 2MB maximum file size to as soon as possible. Please ensure the photo is facing the right way up and any space around the photo is cropped. This photo will be shared with the University of Surrey and Burall InfoSmart who produce the campus cards.

Induction programme

Your Induction Programme is a complete introduction to the UK, the University, and the International Study Centre.

It’s vital that you arrive on time so that you don’t miss out. You should receive a pre-arrival email to let you know what time to come on the first day.

On arrival you will receive your induction pack, which will include the timetable for your Induction Programme. 

During your Induction Programme you will learn about:

  • The International Foundation Programme and what you need to achieve to progress to the   University
  • Life in the UK
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with health services
  • University campus and facilities
  • Collection of your Biometric Residence Permit
  • Police registration

There will also be social events taking place in the International Study Centre, University accommodation and the Students’ Union, and plenty of opportunities for you to meet ISC staff and teachers, and get to know your new classmates.

If you need further help then please contact your agent or admissions consultant.

What UK study buddies say...

Living in the UK


Life in Britain will be different from what you are used to and we’re sure you’ll have many questions. We’ve compiled a list of the top three most frequently asked below, together with our answers.

Q: What’s it like to live in the UK? 

A: Britain is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding British etiquette and slang to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends. 

Q: How will I meet people and make friends?

A: It won’t take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you. 

Q: Will I be able to find food from my home country? 

A: The UK is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want.

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