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Pre-departure checklist

We are so excited to welcome you to ARU College, it’s an exciting time in your life and like most things, you will need to plan ahead, and get yourself organised.

To help you prepare, we’ve put together our top five tips:

1. Book your accommodation
When you arrive in the UK you will want to make sure that you have somewhere to come to and settle in. 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. ARU has a range of accommodation options both on-campus and off-campus. If you want University accommodation it’s best to apply early, especially if you want campus accommodation or have a limited budget.

2. Apply for you visa
Please make sure that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK. To travel and study in the UK for longer than six months, you must apply for a visa under the Student Route. Visa applications from outside the UK are usually made online, to make an application and to find out more head over to the Government’s website. To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, read our handy visa guide.

3. Book your flight and airport transfers.
Once you have received your visa, the next step is to book your flights to the UK. Make sure you check what day your orientation programme will start to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the great welcome activities organised by ARU College’s fantastic student support team. All arrivals into the UK must continue to complete a passenger locator form.You can also arrange for an airport pick-up to make sure you get to your chosen location with ease, simply contact a member of the ARU College staff to find out more.

We are closely monitoring the Government guidance relating to COVID-19 to ensure staff and students remain safe. Please make sure you keep up to date on the latest Government travel information for your country, find out more on which countries are rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England on the Government’s website.

4. Why not check out the clubs and societies you can join on campus?
Joining a club or society at university is a great way to meet new people and get involved in all that ARU has to offer. There’s a wide range of societies to get involved with from the Nigerian Student Society all the way through to the Law Society – many of our ARU College students have become presidents for various societies, including Kya Johnson who’s the Ruskin Journal President for 2021/2022. For more information, head over to the SU’s website page.

5. Pack your things
Don’t be fooled by everything you hear in the news about British weather, it doesn’t always rain. The climate in the UK is moderate – summers can be cool and warm, and winters can be mild, so make sure you pack for a variety of different weathers. Things we suggest you pack ready for the UK weather: Umbrella, warm clothes (jumper, scarf, winter coat, gloves, hat), summer clothes (t-shirts, shorts / skirt, dress, jeans).

Don’t worry too much if you can’t bring everything, Cambridge has a range of shops where you can easily buy clothing throughout the year.

It is a good idea to bring some personal items (basic toiletries: toothbrush, soap, towel, 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. However, we do have a fully functional Eye Clinic on campus should you need an eye examination during your time with us.

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Important documents you'll need to bring with you to the UK

  • 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)
  • Certified originals of your academic transcripts (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
  • Contact numbers for any family or friends in the UK
  • Contact details of family or friends in the event of an emergency
  • If you are under 18, your guardian details. The guardian must be resident in the UK and appointed by your parent.
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