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Pre-arrival Information


It is good to start your preparations to study in the UK well in advance. To help you navigate your way through the different stages, we have put together an International Pre-Arrival Guide.

Contact details:

Paivi Leivo & Jane Smith     
Tel: +44 1243 812146 

Visit us:
International Student Advisory Service University of Chichester, Room G14, LRC Annexe, Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1HR, UK


We are currently putting in place plans to support your arrival to the UK and will be contacting you with more information in the coming weeks. 

 If you have any questions, please contact 

Our plans to support international arrivals include the following: 

  • One-to-one virtual pre-arrival meetings will be offered to all new international, so that you can discuss your arrival plans and support needs. You will be able to book a 15-minute meeting with us from the week beginning 17th August via our Pre-Arrival VLE.

  • Our International Orientation on the 11th September will be a live virtual event this year. This is to make sure that everyone can attend.  
  • If the UK Government guidelines regarding the 14-day quarantine(self-isolation) period is still in place in September, we would suggest that you try to arrive in time to complete the self-isolation period before teaching starts. To check if you need to self-isolate on arrival, please visit the list of exempt/travel corridor countries. Please note that this list is likely to change, so keep checking the website regularly for the latest information. 
  • Arriving early into the halls of residence – Our Halls of Residence accommodation is available earlier for international arrivals needing to self-isolate. Email to book your room.  
  • Travelling from the airport – The current UK Government advice is to avoid public transport if possible. If you must use public transport, please be aware that you must use a face covering. If you do not wish to use public transport to travel from the airport, you can use our taxi booking service. This means that we will book your taxi and send you an invoice for the fare afterwards. 
  • We will help you register with a local GP (doctor) before your arrival, so that you can access the National Health Services without delays, if needed.  We will send you more information on this around mid-August. 
  • Tier 4 Biometric Residence Permit (visa) collections from Portsmouth Post Office - We will work with the Post Office staff to make sure that your BRP collection can be arranged safely and after the 14-day self-isolation period.  All Tier 4 students will be emailed about this closer to the start of the term.  
  • Opening a UK bank account – Opening a bank account at one of the local branches will not be possible if you are having to self-isolate for 14 days. We will provide you information on alternative online bank accounts, some of which can be opened before your arrival to the UK.
  • UK SIM card for your phone – In order to access the National Health Service  telephone services you will need a UK telephone number. Options for obtaining a SIM card before arrival will be provided for you. 
  • Police Registration - If you are a Tier 4 visa student and you need to register with the police, we will communicate with the local police regarding your appointment arrangements so that this can be done safely and after the self-isolation period.   


Arrival form

International arrivals must complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK. You can complete it from 48 hours before your estimated arrival time to the UK. You will need to know your UK address in order to complete this form.

You do not need to complete this form if you are travelling directly from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Self-isolation on arrival to the UK - who does and doesn’t need to self-isolate (quarantine)

The UK government introduced a mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement for international arrivals on 8th June.

You will fined if you fail to provide details of where you plan to stay and/or if you do not self-isolate.

From 10th July international arrivals travelling from these countries do not need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK. Please check the list carefully to see if you are required to self-isolate.

Students travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories do not need to self-isolate on arrival. However, you travel via a country not listed on the above list you will need to self-isolate.

Please check the travel corridor/exemption list on the UK government website regularly and carefully to find out whether you need to self-isolate or not.

How do I self-isolate?

The current UK government guidance on self-isolation is available on the Government website.

If you are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK, we recommend that you try to arrive 14 days before the start of your course, so that you can complete the self-isolation period before your classes start. If this is not possible due to travel restrictions, or visa application delays, do not worry, we can still support you as most of the teaching sessions will be available online for you to access them during the self-isolation period. Contact the international student advisers at if you have any questions or concerns about self-isolation.

Self-isolation in the halls of residence:

If you have booked a room in the University Halls of Residence and you need to self-isolate on arrival, please contact our accommodation team to book your room for the early arrival self-isolation period. Email

If you can arrive 14 days before your course start date, your accommodation in the Halls of Residence will be free of charge for the self-isolation period. You will need to arrange your food and other necessities to be delivered to your room. If you are a new student the International Student Advisers will provide information on how to get ready for the self-isolation period before you are due to arrive. This will include information on how to open a UK bank account and how to register an online shopping account and how to arrange food and other necessary items to be delivered to your room. You can email if you have any questions

Self-isolation in a private shared house:

If you live off-campus in a private shared house, you can use it as a base to self-isolate. The people you live with do not need to self-isolate unless you travelled together. You should keep contact with your housemates to a minimum and avoid using the common areas (kitchen, bathroom, living room etc) at the same time. You should have your food and other necessary items delivered as you will not be allowed to leave your self-isolation base except for limited reasons. Make sure you read the self-isolation guidance in detail and contact the International Student Advisers if you need any support or advice.

Travelling from the airport/train station/port to Chichester/Bognor Regis

The current UK Government guidance recommends that you should not use public transport, unless you have no other options. The guidance also states that you must use a face covering if travelling on public transport. The full guidance on travelling by public transport is available on the Government website.

Travelling by taxi

A good alternative to public transport is to pre-book a local taxi to collect you from the airport. Visit our online store to pay the booking fee and provide all the necessary details. Please complete the online store booking form at least 48 hours before your estimated arrival time.. A local taxi will cost about £60-£90 depending on the location and drop of points as well as waiting times at the airport. You can read the government guidance on using taxis and adhering to social distancing.



Virtual International Orientation event on 11th September 2020                                                          

You will begin your studies with our virtual International Orientation event on 11th September 2020.  

At this event we will cover lots of useful information, including:

  • Introduction to UK Higher Education system
  • International Academic and Language Support
  • How to open a UK bank account
  • Introduction to UK healthcare system and registering with a local doctor
  • Tier 4 visa & EU settlement scheme information
  • How to access different support & wellbeing services at the university
  • Social activities
  • and much more….

Joining the orientation event is a great way to start your new life in the UK, adjust to the university environment and meet new and current international students.  

Final programme & online platform

We will confirm the full event details, online platform and timings in August.

Book your place now!

Confirm your place by completing the online booking form.

Pre-Arrival & International Orientation Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Our Orientation & Pre-Arrival Virtual Learning Environment ( will be available for you to access around mid-August. This VLE is designed to help you with your arrival preparations and it will connect you with other international students and members of staff at the University before you arrive. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

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