Study Abroad Pre-Arrival Guide
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An international outlook and understanding of other cultures is an increasingly important part of student education – make sure you are well-prepared for this life-changing experience!
Preparing for your Study Period Abroad
If you are studying in the UK for less than six months you will not be able to register with an NHS doctor. If you need to see a doctor you should visit a Medicentre to receive treatment. There is no need to pre-register. Please keep receipts for any payments you make to claim on your insurance. To find your nearest Medicentre call 0845 437 0353 or visit www.medicentre.co.uk
Non-EU/EEA citizens are entitled to receive free accident and emergency care, although there may be a charge for treatment of chronic conditions.
Four weeks before arriving at Regent’s University London, you will need to enrol online. We will send you an email containing your user name and password as well as instructions about how to log onto the network. It is essential that you enrol online before arriving at the University so that you can complete your registration once here and receive your timetable.
EU/EEA citizens Most medical treatment with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is free to EU/EEA citizens if they have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their home country. You should register with a local NHS doctor in the area in which you live. All EU citizens resident in the UK are entitled to receive accident and emergency hospital care free of charge. Some services are charged for, such as dental treatment. Please carry your EHIC with you at all times. If you can’t show a valid EHIC, you may be charged for your treatment. Non-EU/EEA citizens Students from outside the EU/EAA area are not entitled to free medical treatment, so please ensure that you arrange private medical insurance before you travel to the UK. This is very important. Your insurance should cover you for travel and the period that you are spending abroad. It must provide more than just emergency cover – you will need it even for a doctor’s appointment.
If you are taking long-term medications please be aware that some may not be available in the UK. It is important to ensure you have enough medication to cover your time here or have access to alternative treatment. www.ukcisa.org.uk/student www.regents.ac.uk/health
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on our website. These are all ‘real life’ queries that have been asked by previous exchange/ study abroad students and they will assist you in planning your stay. regents.ac.uk/FAQs
You should take out appropriate travel insurance that will cover you until you arrive at the University and for any excursions that you go on while you are here. Although the UK is generally a safe country, we also recommend that you insure your luggage, personal possessions and money.
Please contact the international office at your home institution for advice on how to finance your study period abroad. It may be difficult for you to open a bank account if you are in the UK for a short period of time, so you may wish to explore the option of a pre-paid credit card. Contact your bank for advice on how to use your debit/credit card abroad.
Documents needed to travel to the UK
Most EU/EEA students will not have any difficulty entering the UK (provided you have ID) but it is still advisable to carry the documents listed below with you in your hand luggage. Non-EU/EEA students must carry these documents when entering the country. › Valid passport/national identity card, with a visa or UK entry clearance, if required › Travel documents (eg. return ticket) › Your letter of acceptance from Regent’s University London › Some British currency (a limit may apply please check with the Home Office) › Insurance documents › List of what you are carrying in your luggage in case you have to make an insurance claim › Any prescribed drugs or medicine you are taking, plus a letter from your doctor explaining what they are › An address, telephone number and travel instructions to campus/your accommodation › Passport photographs (for travel cards) › Documentary evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself financially during your time in the UK (tuition fees, if applicable, and accommodation payments, recent bank statements).*
What to bring
Clothing British weather is notoriously changeable. There are times when it is warm and sunny in the middle of winter. It can be cold and dull in the summer. And it may rain at any time! Pack clothes that can easily be layered on top of each other, such as T-shirts, shirts and light jumpers, which will give you the maximum flexibility to meet the changeable weather. Clothes can also be bought easily in the UK, meeting anyone’s budget. Please check with your accommodation to find out what items are provided as part of your agreement. Many do not provide towels, so you may wish to bring your own. If you are staying in accommodation on the Regent’s Park campus, you will need to provide your own towels and coat hangers. Electrical items You can bring your laptop and digital camera, and other electrical items from home, but make sure that these valuable items are insured against theft and damage while in transit. The power supply in the UK is 240v AC, 50 Hz, and electrical sockets take 3-pin plugs. Ensure that your equipment can be used on this current, or purchase a suitable adaptor.
› X-ray report, if required* › Vaccination certificates, if required* Students on a short-term study visa If you are on a short-term study visa, please note that you are responsible for getting the correct short-term study visa stamp in your passport. You must present your proof-ofstudy letter to the immigration officer and check that the stamp in your passport is clearly visible. regents.ac.uk/visa *non-EU/EEA students should check requirements at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas
How to Find Us
Study Abroad Pre-Arrival Guide
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If you are going to live on the Regent’s Park campus the address is Regent’s University London, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS. If you are going to stay in off-campus University-managed housing or private accommodation, please ensure you check carefully in advance of your journey how to get there.
Arrival by train
Eurostar The Eurostar terminates in St. Pancras International station, which is very close to Regent’s Park. St. Pancras International to Baker Street From St. Pancras International station take the London Underground Circle line or Metropolitan line to Baker Street station (about 10 minutes’ journey).
Arrival by air
London is served by five international airports. Here you will find the different transfer options in order to reach the University from each of these airports. If you are a non-EU national, please avoid travelling to the UK via Ireland. You are at risk of not getting the correct visa stamp if you fly through Ireland. Transfer options from Heathrow Airport Taxi The journey will take around one hour, depending on traffic. London Underground (Tube) Take the Piccadilly Line and travel to Piccadilly Circus, which will take about an hour. Change here to the northbound Bakerloo Line and get off at Baker Street station. Heathrow Express A direct train service to Paddington station. This non-stop train runs every 15 minutes, and takes 15 minutes.
Taking a taxi? If you are taking a taxi to the University, please tell the driver which address you are going to (see page 4). All taxis take cash and some accept debit and credit cards.
Heathrow Connect Trains depart every 30 minutes, and take around 45 minutes to Paddington. Paddington Station to Baker Street On the London Underground (Tube) take the eastbound Circle or Hammersmith and City line to Baker Street.
Transfer options from Gatwick Airport Taxi The journey will take about two hours, depending on traffic. Gatwick Airport Bus This is operated by National Express and will take you to Victoria Coach station. The journey takes about 90 minutes and a single ticket costs approximately £10. You then need to get a cab from Victoria which will cost about £12-£18 or you can get the Tube (instructions below). Gatwick Express Trains run every half hour and the journey takes 30 minutes. From Victoria, you can take a taxi or join the London Underground (see below). Victoria Station to Baker Street Take the Victoria Line northbound to Oxford Circus. Change there for the Bakerloo Line northbound from Oxford Circus to Baker Street. For more information and ticket prices visit: tfl.gov.uk heathrowexpress.com heathrowconnect.com gatwickexpress.com standstedexpresss.com nationalrail.com trainline.com easybus.com nationalexpress.com
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Transfer options from Stansted Airport Stansted Express The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and reaches London Liverpool Street Station in 45 minutes. All trains depart from Stansted Airport rail station, situated directly below the terminal. At Liverpool Street take the London Underground Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan Line to Baker Street station. Coach/Bus Frequent coaches run from Stansted to Central London. Fares start at just a few pounds, so this can be a really costeffective way to travel. All services call at the airport coach station, directly opposite the terminal. Coach companies include EasyBus or National Express. Taxi Stansted Airport taxi operator Checker Cars operates a reservation desk on the international arrivals concourse and there’s a courtesy phone in the UK and Ireland baggage reclaim hall. A taxi to central London takes about one hour, depending on traffic. To book a taxi in advance call 0800 747 737 (inside the UK) or +44 (0)1279 661 111 (outside the UK).
Transfer options from Luton Airport Train To get to Luton Airport Parkway station from the airport you will need to take a shuttle bus, normally just a 5-10 minute trip from the airport terminal building. The service runs every ten minutes between 05:00 and midnight. You then have a choice of two rail operators: First Capital Connect Operates a fast, frequent service between Luton Airport Parkway station and St Pancras International station in central London. The journey takes about 25 minutes. Once at St. Pancras International please follow the directions below. East Midlands Trains Also offers services to London St Pancras International station. This can take as little as 21 minutes for a direct service. Once at St. Pancras International please follow the directions below. St. Pancras International to Baker Street From St. Pancras International station take the London Underground Circle line or Metropolitan line to Baker Street station (about 10 minutes’ journey). Taxi Licensed taxis are available from the rank outside the terminal. This will take about two hours, depending on traffic. Coach/Bus EasyBus offers a 24-hours a day, highfrequency, low-cost express bus service to central London, which is close to the University. Online fares vary according to demand. You should book early to get the best fares. Buses leave from Bays 10 and 11 outside the main terminal building.
Transfer options from London City Airport Taxi This will cost £50-£70, depending on traffic. DLR Take the Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf station. Change at Canary Wharf for the Jubilee line of the London Underground. Stay on the underground until you reach Baker Street station. For more information and ticket prices visit: tfl.gov.uk heathrowexpress.com heathrowconnect.com gatwickexpress.com standstedexpresss.com nationalrail.com trainline.com easybus.com nationalexpress.com
From Baker Street station to the Regent’s Park campus 1 Take the main exit on to Marylebone Road. Turn left and walk past Madame Tussauds to York Gate on your left 2 Take the first left turn onto York Gate 3 Cross over the Outer Circle and walk towards the Park 4 After you cross over York Bridge, you will see the University on your left 5 Walk past the first entrance; keep walking until you see the main entrance. It will take around 8-10 minutes to walk to the University From Baker Street station to the Marylebone site 1 Take the main exit on to Marylebone Road. Turn left and walk past Madame Tussauds to York Gate on your left 2 Cross the road at the traffic lights at York Gate 3 Once across the road, walk to the left of the church, across a small square beside the church and then first right into Marylebone High Street 4 The main entrance to the University is on the right, approximately five minutes’ walk along the high street. The total journey time is approximately 15 minutes
London Underground: Oyster Cards
For travelling across London’s transport network of tubes, trains, buses and trams the Oyster card is the quickest and most cost-effective ticket available. We strongly recommend that you purchase an Oyster card prior to your first journey on public transport. Oyster ‘Pay As You Go’ With the ‘Pay As You Go’ option you only pay for the journeys you make. This is the cheapest way of making single journeys on London transport. Cards are available from London Underground stations. Student Oyster Card If you need to use public transport on a daily basis it may be cheaper for you to get a Student Oyster Card which offers 30% off the cost of an adult travelcard. Please ask the Inbound team whether you are eligible for a student Oyster card. If you are, you can apply for it before coming to London. Please apply in plenty of time to ensure that you receive the card before travelling to London. tfl.gov.uk
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You will receive an email with arrival information and a timetable for the Induction/Orientation Days approximately one week before your arrival. Bring your passport/national identity card. If you do not bring any ID we will not be able to register you and there may be a delay in you receiving your class timetable. Some students may also be required to bring proof of payment. Please check your arrival and information email carefully and contact the Inbound Team if you have any questions.
Accommodation in London can sometimes be difficult to find. Please ensure that you start looking for somewhere to stay well in advance of your arrival. You will find information on the housing options available on our website at www.regents.ac.uk/accommodation
There is an Orientation/Induction period for all students before classes begin, giving you the chance to find your way around, meet your classmates and other study abroad students and ask questions. Your orientation period will take place at the Regent’s Park campus. This is also where most of the University’s central services and food outlets are located. The period is quite busy (especially for those studying a language) but you will also have time to explore your new neighbourhood, Regent’s Park and London. Induction/Orientation attendance is compulsory and you will benefit from taking part. We will provide you with information on registration, academic life and how to succeed in your studies. We also organise some social events so that you get to know new people! Please ensure that you arrive on time to all sessions during Induction/Orientation.
The following are examples of the events/ information sessions that will take place during this period: › Welcome from the IPO › Language tests (if applicable) › IT/ Library and Learning Resources information › Welcome BBQ › Fresher’s Fair › London Survival Guide › Information on British culture › Pub quiz › Jack The Ripper walk › Muggle Tour › Boat party › The Great London Treasure Hunt › Welcome party › Academic Life presentation › Marylebone Challenge
You can also contact our Accommodation office for advice on accommodation available both on and off campus. Telephone +44 (0)20 7487 7483 Email firstname.lastname@example.org If you are staying on campus please note that you will need to bring towels and coat hangers. We will provide a pillow, duvet (comforter), mattress and bed linen.
We will create a timetable for you based on the module choices you made as part of your application to the University. You will receive this during the orientation/ induction period. Unfortunately we are not able to confirm your class schedule prior to this.
› The UK Home Office www.gov.uk/visas-immigration
› Visit London www.visitlondon.com
› National Health Service www.nhs.uk
› UK Council for International Student Affairs www.ukcisa.org.uk
› Time Out London www.timeout.com/london
› Transport for London www.tfl.gov.uk
› Visit Britain www.visitbritain.com
› UK Council for International Student Affairs www.ukcisa.org.uk
Prepare for study in the UK www.prepareforsuccess.org.uk
Join the conversation!
Speak to other students and get to know each other even before you arrive. facebook.com/groups/regents.studyabroad regents.ac.uk/socialmedia
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International Partnerships Office Regent’s University London Inner Circle Regent’s Park London NW1 4NS United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0)20 7487 7727 +44 (0)20 7487 7476 +44 (0)20 3075 6245 Email email@example.com