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Pre-departure checklist

We understand that there is so much to organise before you leave for the UK. Check out the useful information below to help you prepare!

  1. Book your accommodation with ARU College or find private accommodation in the city.
    When you arrive in Cambridge, you will want to settle in quickly to your new home. The best way to do this? 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 College has a range of Accommodation both on-campus and off-campus…you are spoilt for choice!
  2. Apply for you visa.
    It is imperative that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK and, as this is an important process, we have a lot of tips for you! To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, read the ARU College guide on Visas.
  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. You can also arrange for an airport pick-up to make sure you get from London to Cambridge or Chelmsford with ease…simply contact a member of the ARU College staff to find out more!
  4. Make friends with other ARU college students.
    Why wait until you arrive in Cambridge to make friends with your new classmates? Visiting ARU College’s Facebook page is a great way to hear more about what is going on with ARU College’s current students. It is also a fantastic place to make contacts with other students who will be new to ARU College. You could meet your future housemate, best-friend or even boyfriend or girlfriend! Visit
  5. Why not check out the University clubs and societies you can join on campus?
    To make the most of your time at University, get involved with the student activities on Campus and enjoy the journey! ARU has a huge range of different clubs and societies to choose from…everything from the Nigerian Student Society to the Kung Fu Club! For more information, follow this link!
  6. Pack your things
    The climate in the UK is moderate – summers can be cool and warm and winters can be mild. Contrary to international assumptions the weather is not always wet and cold in the UK! You can find out more detailed information on the weather in Cambridge or Chelmsford today by visiting the BBC weather centre website. Student dress code is casual. Most students wear jeans and trainers to lectures. Medium weight clothing such as sweatshirts are appropriate throughout the year. Warmer clothing and footwear is needed for winter, as is an umbrella! Both Cambridge and Chelmsford have great city centres with a good selection of shops so you don’t need to worry about bringing everything with you.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.

Average Cambridge temperatures

Average Temperatures
Summer June to August 14°C to 28°C
Autumn September to November 7°C to 14°C
Winter December to February 0°C to 8°C
Spring March to May 5°C to 18°C

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/friends in the UK
  • Contact details of family/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.

*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, with white or pale grey coloured background, and include the whole head and shoulders. Photographs can be obtained in the UK.

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