Book your accommodation
We understand that where you live can often be as important as where you will study. You can find out all you need to know about your accommodation options on the Centre or College websites. If you have confirmed (or for some Centres or Colleges conditionally confirmed) your place and requested accommodation at application stage, we are now processing bookings and will be in contact to help you book your accommodation. We currently have plenty of availability in our usual residences but we do advise you to secure your accommodation as soon as you can. All of our accommodation is available for use by students if they need to quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days.
If you are under 18 years of age at the start of your course, you are required to book your accommodation through Study Group.
You can also arrange your own private accommodation, but you will need to let us know where you are staying.
Make sure that you have secured your accommodation before arriving in the UK.
Apply for your visa
As an international student, you are likely to require a visa to study in the UK. Guidance for Tier 4 visas is different during the Covid-19 pandemic but our guidance will be updated regularly
Our Admissions Centre will advise and issue the relevant documents based on the type of visa you will be applying for.
Tier 4 visa
For a Tier 4 visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number which will be issued to you by our Admissions Centre. You can only apply for your Tier 4 visa once you have received your CAS number and the application must be made no more than three months before your course start date.
Our Admissions Centre will issue a CAS preview by email usually within three months of the course start date, provided you:
- Have met all academic, English language and other conditions in your offer letter
- Have completed, signed and returned your Acceptance and Indemnity Form to the Admissions Centre
- Are up-to-date with your payments as stated in your offer letter and payment plan.
Carefully check all the details on the CAS preview and return the signed CAS Declaration document.
Once we have received your CAS Declaration, we will issue you with your CAS statement that will include your CAS number.
Before you submit your Tier 4 visa application make sure you understand and meet all the requirements to avoid a visa refusal.
Before you apply, make sure you have:
- sufficient funds in an acceptable account maintained for at least 28 consecutive days
- paid the Immigration Health Surcharge for NHS health care treatment
As part of your visa application you may be asked to attend a visa interview either face to face, by video conference or on the telephone. You may be asked questions about the reasons for studying in the UK, why you have chosen to study at your chosen destination and why you will study your chosen course. You should know about your chosen study destination and course and how it relates to your overall career plans as well as how you intend to fund your studies in the UK. You must answer all questions truthfully and accurately.
What is the Biometric Residence Permit?
If your Tier 4 visa application is successful, you will have a 30 day entry vignette in your passport (entitling you to enter the UK within the 30 day period indicated) and a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) decision letter outlining the details of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Short-term study visa
For the Short-term study visa, you will be issued a visa letter that will outline all the necessary details about your course (duration, fees etc.). As part of the application you will need to submit:
- Evidence that you can financially support yourself during your studies e.g. bank statements for the last 6 months
- Proof of the course you intend to study
- You may also need to submit additional supporting documents depending on your circumstances.
Complete our Pre-Registration Form
At the start of August, we will send you a Pre-Registration Form. We need to know when you will arrive in-Centre or College, or if you are starting your studies online. If coming to the Centre or College, you must complete this with your travel information - so we know when to expect you - and your visa details and return it to us. If you are starting online in your home country, we would like to know when you might be planning to travel.
Make sure you are insured
In our experience, it is essential that international students have the protection of personal insurance for the duration of their time in the UK.
When you applied to the International Study Centre, you will have had the option of taking insurance cover with StudyCare Insurance Plus. This insurance policy covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. If you have not taken this option, please make sure you have secured your own policy.