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If you have any queries about any aspect of studying at LJMU or moving to the UK, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Student Registration Helpline: If you have any questions about enrolment, please email studentregistration@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 231 3289.

Accommodation: If you have any queries about student accommodation, contact the Accommodation Office on 0151 231 4166 or email accommodation@ljmu.ac.uk

Student Advice and Wellbeing Team: From budgeting to dealing with homesickness, study skills to student finances, the Student Advice Team is there to help, so if you have any questions you need answered please contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057 or email: studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk n n

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Advice on support for students with medical conditions, disability, dyslexia or other learning difficulties: tel: 0151 904 6052/6037, email: disability@ljmu.ac.uk Advice for international students: tel: 0151 904 6050, email: internationaladvice@ljmu.ac.uk Study support: tel: 0151 904 6066, email: studysupport@ljmu.ac.uk Student wellbeing and mental health support: tel: 0151 904 6116, email: studentwellbeing@ljmu.ac.uk Counselling: tel: 0151 904 6123, email: counselling@ljmu.ac.uk


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Congratulations on gaining your place at Liverpool John Moores University

contents Starting your studies

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Getting ready for student life at LJMU

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Before you leave home

Preparing to go to university is really exciting but it can also be a little daunting too. That’s where this Essential Checklist can help as it outlines all of the things you need to do before you start your studies at LJMU.

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your essential checklist Here’s a checklist of things you should do to make sure that you are completely prepared for your arrival at LJMU. Email int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk if you have any queries about your application or studying in the UK.

Have you: Confirmed whether you need a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK? Booked your accommodation and paid all the fees required by your accommodation provider? Arranged some temporary accommodation for your first few nights in Liverpool if you intend to book your permanent accommodation after you arrive? Checked whether there are restrictions on the amount of money you can take out of your country? Arranged your student finances and got enough money to live on for at least a week or more while you open a bank account in Liverpool?


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Budgeted for any family members that may be accompanying you? Made enquiries for school and nursery places if you are going to be accompanied by your children? Checked restrictions on what goods can be brought into the UK? Got all your essential documents in your hand luggage? Got a copy of your entry qualification translated into English? Arranged to bring any medication you need, accompanied by a doctor’s letter of explanation (translated into English)? Got all your relevant medical records, including vaccination certificates? Arranged medical insurance if you are studying at LJMU for less than six months? Arranged travel insurance? Explored what it’s like to study in a UK university? Practiced your English language skills? Planned your journey so that you’ll arrive in Liverpool in time for your designated enrolment slot? Booked a place on LJMU’s Meet and Greet service or planned your journey from a UK airport to Liverpool?


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starting your studies enrolment Details on when you need to complete your enrolment at the University will be emailed to you in your Starter Pack. You must complete your formal enrolment at the time and enrolment date specified by LJMU. If you fail to complete your enrolment within 10 days of this date, you will not be able to continue your studies at the University and the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) will be notified. When you come to enrol, you will need to bring: n

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your LJMU offer letter your passport, visa or proof of visa application with the UKBA English translated version of your entry qualifications sponsorship letter (if sponsored) or proof of fee paid (if paid in advance)

registering with the police If your passport contains a stamp telling you to register with the police you must do so within 7 days of arriving in the UK. You can register at your nearest police station, go to www.merseyside.police.uk for more details. In order to complete your registration you will need:

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your passport the registration fee proof of student status (your LJMU offer letter) 2 passport-sized photographs


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attendance monitoring LJMU is legally obliged to monitor all Tier 4 students’ attendance and engagement with their studies and to report any unsatisfactory behaviour to the UKBA. We must also keep a copy of your valid passport and visa and keep up-to-date contact details for you. You will be given more information when you arrive at LJMU to complete your enrolment.

international student support services LJMU’s International Student Welfare Advisers are dedicated to helping you settle into life at Liverpool and the University. They are experienced in dealing with the kinds of issues that international students may face when moving to a new country, such as visa renewal, accommodation, financial concerns and the natural challenges emerging from developing a new ‘home away from home’. For details on the range of support services available to all students at LJMU go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/studentadvice/

the liverpool students’ union The Liverpool Students’ Union plays a major role in making LJMU’s international students feel part of the University community. LiverpoolSU recognises that while international students experience many of the same issues that UK students do, they also have different needs, whether due to language or cultural differences or the challenges of living and studying in a new country. That’s why the Union offers a range of dedicated services for international students. For more details, go to: www.liverpoolsu.com

welcome fairs The Liverpool Students’ Union provides a host of exciting events to make your first few weeks at LJMU as fun packed as possible and to give you lots of opportunities to meet other new students. For more details go to: www.liverpoolsu.com


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getting ready for student life at LJMU cultural and religious diversity in Liverpool and LJMU Liverpool is a multi-racial and multi-cultural city supporting a diverse range of religions and communities. There is no history of tensions between religions in Liverpool and in general religious diversity is welcomed in this safe and vibrant city. The two cathedrals – Anglican and Catholic – may dominate the skyline but Greek Orthodox, Unitarian and numerous European churches can be found across Liverpool. The mosque at 8 Brougham Terrace was the first to be established in England and the Al Arhma mosque near the city centre can hold up to 1,000 people. Liverpool has a thriving Jewish community too, with numerous synagogues, including the Princes Road Synagogue, one of the finest buildings in the city. The city’s China Town is the oldest in Europe and Liverpool has well established Nigerian and Somalian communities. Plus there’s a thriving Sikh community, a Hindu temple on Edge Lane and smaller but no less active Buddhist communities. LJMU too is proud to be a multi-cultural university. Our staff and students come from over 100 countries around the world, creating a truly unique and supportive community. LJMU values diversity and we work hard to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, with dignity and respect, irrespective of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origins, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or other relevant distinction. The University has facilities for quiet meditation and prayer in each of its three campuses: City, Mount Pleasant and I M Marsh. The quiet spaces in Mount Pleasant and I M Marsh are designed to be multi-faith. The facilities at Byrom Street in the City Campus are restricted to Muslim prayers only.


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safety, security and uk laws By international standards, the UK is a safe country, with low levels of violence and street crime. In a recent survey (Creating confidence – International student safety survey 2010) by the British Council, only a very small proportion of students had ever experienced a crime and the overwhelming majority felt that the UK is a very safe place to be. To find out more, go to: www.britishcouncil.org/eduk-comfort-zone.pdf Merseyside Police, Liverpool’s police force, also produces information for international students. Go to www.merseyside.police.uk/ for more details.

culture shock We are confident that you will enjoy studying at LJMU and learning more about Liverpool and UK culture. That doesn’t mean that you won’t feel homesick at times, missing friends and family back home. Some international students also experience what is known as ‘culture shock’, caused by moving from one culture to another. This is a very normal reaction as you get used to living in a new city, the British weather and different social conventions and it usually passes very quickly as you settle into university life. LJMU provides a wide range of support to help international students enjoy their time in Liverpool through our Student Advice and Wellbeing team (www.ljmu.ac.uk/studentadvice) and through the work of the Liverpool Students’ Union (www.liverpoolsu.com). You can find out more about culture shock in the following guide: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/culture_shock.php


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before you leave home entry clearance We would advise you to apply for entry clearance before travelling, regardless of whether you are a visa national or not. This is particularly important if you intend to come with your spouse and/or children. If you, do not obtain entry clearance before coming to the UK, and the Immigration Officer at the port of entry does not allow you to enter as a student, you can only appeal against the decision from outside the UK. You have no right of appeal against refusal of entry unless you were seeking entry for less than six months.

check your visa Before you leave home, it is essential that you check your visa carefully to ensure that:

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your name and date of birth are correct it says you are a Tier 4 student it starts on or before the date you want to travel to the UK it does not end sooner than expected

If any of these details are incorrect, please ask to have your visa amended before you travel as it is very difficult to make changes afterwards and may affect your right to remain in the UK.

insure your belongings You are advised to insure your belongings against loss, theft or accidental damage as these are not covered by LJMU’s insurance. Ideally your insurance policy should begin before you travel to Liverpool. We’d also recommend that you don’t bring very expensive items with you, such as jewellery. If you do, please make sure you take out additional insurance cover for these items in case they are damaged, lost or stolen. If you are planning to live in LJMU-approved student accommodation, your belongings should be covered by your accommodation provider’s insurance upto the value of £3,000. Please check your policy for details.


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take out health insurance Your access to free healthcare under the NHS is dependent on the length of the course you are intending to study. If your course is for 6 months or more, you will qualify for NHS treatment from the beginning of your stay, on the same basis as anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK. However long your course, we would recommend that you obtain additional health insurance prior to travelling to the UK. Your policy should cover medical costs plus any additional possible costs resulting from illness (such as lost fees if you are unable to complete your course, and the cost of returning to your home country for treatment). For further information, please read the UKCISA Guidance note, ‘Keeping Healthy’: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/keeping_healthy.php

travel insurance You should insure yourself and your belongings for each stage of your journey to the UK. This can usually be done through your travel agent, or alternatively through a private insurance company in your home country. Keep a copy of your insurance policy and claim numbers separate to both your main and hand luggage in case these items are lost or stolen. Make sure you visit the UK Border Agency (UKBA) website for the latest immigration information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk


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key documents Before you travel to LJMU to start your course you will need to gather the following documents: Document

Immigration control

Opening a bank account

LJMU enrolment

Police registration

Registering with a doctor

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Current passport and any other passport you have used to travel to the UK (EU and non-EU) or European National ID card

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European Driving Licence

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Visa (if non-EEA)

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Certificate of Acceptance (CAS)

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Advanced Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate (applies to postgraduates only)

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Health check certificate(s) – depends on your country of origin

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Proof of fees paid (if paid in advance)

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Sponsor/Sponsorship letter

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Proof of adequate funds to support yourself

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Marriage and birth certificates if travelling with family

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Original academic qualification certificates (with translations, where appropriate) as listed on your CAS

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English language test report, if a condition of your offer (with translations, where appropriate) as listed on your CAS

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Proof of address in your home country (such as a letter from LJMU or recent bank/credit card letter to home address)

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tuition fees Remember, your annual tuition fees (minus any deposits that you may have already paid) are payable in full when you complete your enrolment at the University at the start of your course. Alternatively, you can choose to pay 50%, with the balance paid in full four months later. The University accepts debit and credit card payments using Maestro, Visa or MasterCard. You can pay online: go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/epayments for more details. You can also pay your fees in person using a cheque, banker’s draft, debit card or credit card, when you come to enrol at the University. Banker’s drafts and cheques should be made payable to ‘Liverpool John Moores University’. Please note, the University will not accept: n

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arrangements for sponsored students If you are receiving sponsorship for your studies, you must have written confirmation of this, on official headed paper. If your fees are being paid for by family members this is not classified as sponsorship, you will still be classified as self-funding in this instance. Please note: n n

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Sponsors must be a legitimate organisation such as a government or public body with a UK invoicing address. A financial guarantee is not a sponsorship letter. A sponsor letter must be written in English on formal headed paper and must state your name and applicant number. It must also confirm liability for the payment of course fees in Sterling (UK Pound) and the duration of sponsorship. You will be expected to pay the full tuition fee if your sponsor fails to make a payment.

what happens if you don’t pay your tuition fees The penalties for non-payment of tuition fees are very serious. Ultimately, you will lose your place on your course and the University will inform the UK Border Agency (UKBA) that you are no longer a student at LJMU.


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planning your finances You will need to have access to money when you first arrive in Liverpool to pay your day-to-day expenses and your tuition fees. Make sure you check how long it will take for your money to be transferred to the UK. It can take from a few days to a few weeks to open a UK bank account. You will also need to bring some money with you to cover expenses incurred while you’re travelling to the UK, such as travelling from the airport to LJMU, food/sundries for your journey and an overnight stay in an airport hotel if necessary. We would recommend that you bring £500 in cash to cover these expenses. We would recommend that you check the following as soon as you can:

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If your country limits or restricts the transfer of money to the UK. If your bank needs to see any documentation (such as your LJMU offer letter) before they will transfer money. How much your bank charges for different methods of transfer. How much your UK bank will charge to receive this money. How long you will have to wait before you can use your money in the UK. If your home country credit/debit cards are accepted in the UK and how much you will be charged to use them. If you are able to use ATM machines in the UK.

Don’t forget, in order to obtain your visa you will need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application.


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cash and bringing money into the uk LJMU strongly advises you not to carry large sums of cash with you because this is the least safe method of transferring money into the UK. There are no secure facilities at the University where you can store cash. We would recommend that you bring no more than £500 in cash with you for your first week at LJMU. Also, try to bring small notes, ideally no bigger than £20. If you are travelling into the UK from any country outside the European Union, and have more than 10,000 Euros / Sterling (UK Pounds) in cash, banker’s drafts or travellers cheques, you will be required to declare the amount upon arrival to UK customs control.

opening a uk bank account Students from certain countries may be able to open a bank account before they come to the UK. Please check with banks in your country to see if this is possible for you before leaving for Liverpool. If you plan to pay your tuition fees in instalments you will need to open a UK bank account. To do this, you will need: n

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Proof of your identity, usually your passport. Proof of your permanent residential address in your home country – such as on your LJMU offer letter. Proof of where you are living in Liverpool.

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working in liverpool and the uk Most international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during their course. Your passport stamp will tell you if there are any restrictions on you working in the UK. If you breach these conditions you may be fined, detained and/or removed from the UK. More information about your right to work, finding a job, and applying for a work visa after your studies is available at: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/working_during.php


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english language support A very good level of English language competence is required to follow lectures, carry out background reading and research, write essays and dissertations. That’s why we recommend that you:

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raise your level of English as much as possible before you leave home practise speaking, reading, writing and listening to English regularly. There are lots of useful resources online, for example: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ listen to the BBC World Service: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/

Once you are enrolled at the University you can also attend English language courses to help you with your academic writing and communications skills. These free workshops run throughout the academic year. For details go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/studysupport


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healthcare If you are an international student and your course is for 6 months or more, you will qualify for National Health Service (NHS) treatment from the beginning of your stay, on the same basis as anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK. courses lasting under 6 months If your course lasts less than six months you will not qualify for free NHS treatment. We would strongly recommend that you take out medical insurance before coming to Liverpool. Your policy should cover medical costs plus any additional possible costs resulting from illness (such as lost fees if you are unable to complete your course and the cost of returning to your home country for treatment).

courses lasting 6 months or more If your course lasts six months or more, you are entitled to free treatment under the NHS from the start of your stay in Liverpool. This includes free visits to the local doctor, free treatment in hospital, and paying a standard cost for prescriptions (for medicine which your doctor says you need) and dental treatment.

pre-sessional students If you have been issued with a CAS covering both your pre-sessional course and your main course, you will be entitled to free NHS treatment from the start of your stay. If you have been issued with a CAS that covers only your pre-sessional course, you will not be eligible for free NHS treatment until you have passed the pre-sessional course and enrolled on your main course. In this instance we would recommend that you take out medical insurance to cover the period of your pre-sessional course.


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dental treatment and opticians You will have to pay for treatment provided by an optician or dentist while you are in the UK.

vaccinations and health checks If you haven’t already been vaccinated for Meningitis C, Measles, Mumps and Rubella please arrange for these vaccinations before coming to the UK. If it isn’t possible to arrange these before you travel, ask for them when you register with a doctor in the UK. To confirm whether you need to get any health checks – such as TB screening – before being allowed to enter the UK, visit: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

registering with a doctor in liverpool You are advised to register with a doctor as soon as possible after you arrive in Liverpool. Don’t wait until you are ill. By registering you can get an appointment quickly and urgent treatment when you need it. Once you are in Liverpool, you can find a GP in your local neighbourhood by visiting www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/ or calling 0845 46 47. If you have any queries about how to register please contact LJMU’s Student Advice Team: studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk

medication If you are bringing any prescribed medication, please make sure you have a letter from your doctor in your hand luggage explaining what the medication is and what it’s for. This letter should be translated into English. For more information visit the following websites: n

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your travel plans Before you start planning your travel arrangements to Liverpool please make sure that you know when you are expected to report to the University for the start of your induction programme and your enrolment. These details will have been emailed to you. You should also check when you can move into your student or private accommodation. If you are unsure of these dates please contact the International Recruitment Team for guidance (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk).


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arriving in the uk Most students fly into the UK; some may arrive by sea ferry from Europe or via the Channel Tunnel. Many transatlantic flights arrive into one of the main London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. There are also regional airports such as Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester International. To arrive at one of the regional airports it might be necessary to transfer in Europe. All London airports have overland or Underground (Tube) train connections into central London. You will need to take a train from London Euston railway station to Liverpool Lime Street. There are train connections direct to Liverpool from Manchester airport. Whether you arrive by air, sea or via the Eurotunnel you will have to complete 3 steps before you are granted entry to the UK. These steps are summarised overleaf but you will find lots of useful information on what to expect upon your arrival in the UK here: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/arriving_in_uk.php


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Step 1: Pass through immigration On arrival at a British port or airport, you will be asked to produce the following documentation at Passport Control: n

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Passport - valid for one year or more Entry certificate/visa Evidence of financial support (bankers draft, bank statement, letter from official sponsor) Most recent letter of acceptance from LJMU Most recent examination results (originals or certified copies)

If you do not have any of the above documentation you may be refused entry into the UK. Before leaving Immigration Control, check that the Immigration Officer has put a date stamp (if you have a Visa or Entry Clearance) in your passport; or (if you are a non-visa national coming for a course of less than six months) check that you have been stamped in as a 'Student Visitor'.

Step 2: Collect your luggage After passing through Passport Control, you will be able to collect your luggage from the baggage area. In airports, luggage comes through on a carousel system. Choose the carousel which displays your flight number and departure point and wait for your luggage to appear. You should clearly mark your luggage so that it is easily identified. If any item does not come through, find a representative of the airline you travelled on and fill in a lost baggage form.


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Step 3: Going through Customs When you have collected your luggage you must pass through Customs Control. Join the queue for either the Green channel if you have nothing to declare, the Red channel if you have goods to declare, or the Blue channel if you have arrived from an airport within the European Economic Area (EEA) where you have already cleared all your luggage through Customs Control. If you are travelling to the UK from a country outside the European Union and are carrying 10,000 Euros or more in cash, bankers draft or cheque of any kind (about £6,750 in pounds sterling or the equivalent in other currencies) you will be required to declare this at Customs. Declaration Forms will be available when you arrive and you will be given a copy of the completed form, which you should keep safely as evidence that you have made a declaration. Please note that a penalty of up to £5,000 can be imposed if you do not make this declaration or provide incorrect or incomplete information. If you are not sure about what you can bring into the UK you should check with the British Embassy or High Commission in your home country before travelling to the UK. Information on what can be brought into the UK without paying any excess is available on the HM Revenues and Customs website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/arriving/index.htm Download these guides for more information: n

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what to pack Deciding what to bring with you for your new life in Liverpool can be difficult. What clothes should you take, and does it make more sense to bring items from home or buy them in the UK? The British Council has published a useful booklet, ‘First Steps’, which has lots of information about preparing for your studies in the UK. To download the guide, go to: www.britishcouncil.org/ first_steps_2011-12.pdf


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Official documents: Make sure you bring all the documentation you’ll need to clear immigration and customs and keep this either on your person or in your hand luggage. See page 14 Luggage: Check the amount of luggage allowance that your airline gives you. Remember you will have to carry your luggage at some point, so pack only as much as you can carry. See page 30 Clothes: Like the rest of Britain, Liverpool’s climate is changeable. Generally, the summer (June to early September) is warm, though rarely very hot. The rest of the year is cooler and can be quite damp. The winter months (November to March) are usually cold and frosty and occasionally temperatures drop below freezing. If you come from a very different climate, it may be cheaper to buy clothes suitable for the different seasons when you arrive in Liverpool. Food: It is illegal to bring meat, fish, plants and honey into the UK. Please see the HM Custom and Excise website, http://tinyurl.com/42279cz, for prohibited goods. Liverpool has lots of supermarkets selling a variety of foods from all over the world where you can purchase your favourite foods cheaply. Mementos and things from home: We would encourage you to pack lightly, but it is very important to bring some things to remind you of home. Pack pictures, photos and posters to brighten your room and help you feel more at home. Electrical items: You may wish to consider bringing your laptop computer and digital camera from home although you should ensure that these items are adequately insured against theft and damage while in transit. The power supply in the UK is 240v AC, 50Hz, and electrical sockets take 3-pin plugs. You will be able to buy adaptors here but they may be cheaper if you buy them before you travel. Passport photos: Please bring a few passport-sized photographs with you. These will be useful for all sorts of things that you might need at the beginning of your course, such as student discount and travel cards. If you forget, there will be photo machines at airports and railway stations, etc.


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your luggage hand luggage Please keep your immigration documents and important papers on your person or in your hand luggage, which should be kept with you at all times during your journey to Liverpool. You should also carry wallets and purses on your person, in a jacket or handbag. For security reasons you are strongly advised not to put all of your personal documents (passport, money, travellers cheques, documents, important addresses and telephone numbers) in one bag, wallet or pocket. Keep them on your person and in your hand luggage, but keep them separate. If you are arriving in the UK in September it can feel quite cool, especially in the evenings or early mornings. That’s why we’d recommend that you also bring a jumper (or similar item of clothing) in your hand luggage. In the unlikely event that your baggage is delayed when you arrive into the UK, you should also pack any essential overnight items in your hand luggage, such as toiletries, change of clothing, etc. We’d recommend that you take a photocopy of your passport, immigration and other important documents and keep these in your main luggage. If you lose your passport please inform the local police immediately.

luggage Make sure you ask about your free baggage allowance when you book your airline ticket. If you exceed baggage weight restrictions, you may have to pay a considerable amount of money. Typically passengers are allowed 20kg plus hand luggage. Some charter flights only allow 15kg plus hand luggage, so do check beforehand. We’d also recommend that you buy travel insurance when you book your airline ticket. Remember to make a list of everything you pack, so that if your luggage is lost you can account for lost items. If you have bought anything new before your journey, remember to keep the receipts - your insurance company may ask for these as proof of items lost in transit.


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Ask LJMU’s International Recruitment team for guidance for the best way of getting to Liverpool and to check if you are eligible for the Meet and Greet service (see overleaf). Check Visit Britain (www.visitbritain.com/en/GB/) for information and advice that will help you plan your journey. Some scholarship agencies (for example, the British Council) help their scholars with travel arrangements. If you are receiving a scholarship, contact your scholarship agency direct for details. If you have arranged your international travel through a travel agent, ask them if they can help you arrange your onward journey in the UK. Consult airport web sites or information from your travel agent for details about services at airports. If you have any problem on arrival, go to the Information Centre or Helpdesk at the airport or train station.


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LJMU’s Meet and Greet service We understand that it can be daunting to arrive in a new country, so that’s why we like to meet as many international students as possible at the airport and welcome you to the UK. Depending on the number of students arriving at the same time as you, you will be met by either a taxi or a coach. You will be met in the Arrivals Hall and shown to your transportation. The taxi/coach will then take you to your accommodation in Liverpool. For details on LJMU’s meet and greet service and our booking form, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international. Remember to let your accommodation provider know when you are likely to arrive in Liverpool, particularly if this is outside normal office hours (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm).


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calling home It is important that you let your friends and family know that you have arrived safely. You can do this really easily via email, Facebook and other social media networks; most airports offer free WiFi. If you want to call home using a landline, telephones are usually well-signposted in airports and stations. Instructions on how to use a coin-operated phone will be clearly displayed. To make a call you can use any of the following coins: 10p, 20p, 50p, ÂŁ1. For international calls, you will need to dial the international prefix 00 followed by the country code that you are calling, these are normally listed next to the telephone. British telephone numbers are preceded by an area code written in brackets. For example the area code for Liverpool is (0151). The number for Emergency Services in the UK is 999 and this is a free phone number. SIM cards for mobile phones can be bought from any reputable mobile phone shop in Liverpool city centre.


website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international enquiry helpline: 0151 231 5090 email: int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk LJMU TV: www.ljmu.ac.uk/ljmutv


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