Our pre-arrival checklist will make your journey to York as easy as possible.
Travelling to the UK
See our Immigration advice for more information.
You must provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK by completing a quarantine form 48 hours before your departure.
You must print a copy or show it on your phone.
Find full information on entering the UK on the Gov.uk website.
You will need to check with your local border control or tax organisation.
Read the UK passport control student arrival guide for a smoother journey through border control.
Having the correct documents to hand will help make your transition through the UK border as quick and easy as possible. See our list of what to bring.
Find out more about getting to York on our travelling to York page, including:
- how to book your place on our free Manchester airport collection service*
- more information about travelling to York from UK airports
Manchester airport has the easiest onward connection to York. A train runs directly from Manchester airport to York city centre.
*Please note: The Manchester airport collection service is currently unconfirmed. We are working with Manchester airport to provide a service whilst still following their strict guidelines on social distancing. See information on travelling to York for all travel options.
Make sure you have enough cash or travellers cheques with you to last the one to two weeks it may take for your UK bank account to open once you're here. See information about opening a UK bank account in our support for international students pages.
Remember that if you're travelling from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and bring more than €10,000 in cash or travellers cheques, you will need to declare the amount at UK customs control.
Unfortunately, there are people in the world who make a living by tricking others out of money. International students are often targeted but you can learn to recognise scams and protect yourself against them.
Read our advice for all students Scammers - they’re after your money to find out what to be aware of.
If you require medical treatment in the UK, a full up-to-date vaccination record (in English, if possible) will help to get you the best care possible.
If you are a European Economic Area national, you must obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your country of residence before travelling to the UK. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) enables you to qualify for NHS (National Health Service) care on the same basis as a UK national.
If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may need additional vaccinations and screenings before arriving in the UK as part of your Tier 4 visa application. For more information, see the Gov.uk website.
You will need to arrange private medical insurance if you haven't paid the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your visa application. This is usually if you're a non-EU student on a Short term Study visa.
It is important to keep your medication close to you. You may face problems without confirmation of medicinal intent.
We recommend bringing one month's supply of your regular medication to allow time to for you to register with and see a doctor. See our information on healthcare in York.
Arriving in York
Accommodation must be arranged prior to travelling to the UK. For help, see our accommodation information for international students.
If you want to live off campus, see our advice on finding somewhere to live in the private sector.
If you prefer to find somewhere to live after you arrive in York, make sure you pre-book guest house accommodation so you have somewhere to stay while you look.
All international students are expected to attend the orientation to university life and study at the start of term. See information about our welcome for international students.
Living in York
If you will be living in University accommodation, you will be covered by our contents insurance policy.
If you will be living off campus, it is highly advisable to insure your personal belongings. You could arrange travel insurance before you come to the UK or buy contents insurance or student insurance after you arrive. Try cost comparison sites such as MoneySuperMarket and GoCompare to compare prices.
Our student buddying scheme will help you settle in to York from the start. Your buddy will be a second or third year student and you can ask for someone from a similar background in the same department as you or someone with similar interests.
Volunteering is a great way to get to know York, and we offer schemes like York Students in Schools.
If you would like to volunteer with children in the UK and have been resident for less than a year, you'll need a translated police check/certificate of good conduct from your home country.
It can be difficult to obtain this whilst you are at York so it's a good idea to arrange this beforehand. For more advice, see the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure guide on How to obtain an overseas criminal record check.