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International students

We're delighted that you have chosen to study with us. Once you have arrived at the University, you will be able to participate in a range of events and activities designed to help you settle in, enrol, and find your way around.

International Orientation Programme 

We are very pleased to offer you a wonderful International Orientation Programme. For students in Stoke-on-Trent, this will begin from 19 September 2022 and continue to run throughout September and October. While we are still perfecting some of the details, you can be assured we will offer lots to do, from important information sessions about being in the UK as a student visa holder to campus tours and social activities. The programme is brought to you by the Student Support and Experience Team as well as other key support services at the university. 

Most of the sessions and activities in the international programme are designed to help you adjust to life in the UK, meet other new students and find out how to access support from the University.

Please note that the Student Support and Experience team reserve the right to alter advertised welcome activities should it be necessary. In the event of any change to the advertised format, we will do everything possible to communicate the changes in the most appropriate and timely way, including putting a notice on the International Student Support website.  

Contact the team?  

Please do get in touch with the team if you have any specific questions by emailing  or using our Live Chat 2pm-4pm, Monday-Friday.

Getting here

Where is Staffordshire University? How do you get here? Will someone meet me at the airport?

This area has all you need to know about where we are located and how you can get here before settling in. The good news is Stoke-on-Trent is right in the middle of the UK and the Stoke campus is only a five-minute walk from the train station. This makes Stoke-on-Trent an easy place to get to, with direct lines to London, Manchester and Birmingham.

This year, we are also offering a Meet and Greet service for students flying into Manchester Airport. For just £25, you will be met by a staff member at the airport who will help you with your journey to Stoke-on-Trent. This is not just a way to get to Stoke campus, but also a brilliant way to meet other new students. In addition to the trip back to Stoke campus, you'll also get a small food parcel so you are covered for your first few days in accommodation.

Full Meet and Greet details and Terms and Conditions

If you want some more information about getting to the Stoke-on-Trent campus, check out our guide on Getting to Staffordshire University.

Joining Staffordshire University London? Find out How to get to the London Campus.

Are you curious about the Visa application process? Our admissions team will guide you through the different clearance checks and send you information when you need it. You can also check out some useful information at the UKCISA website.

Have you prepared everything else but are anxious about boarder control or right to study checks? Check out this guide: I'm on my way! What next?

Life in the UK

 Is UK weather really so dreary and grey? Our UK weather and climate guide will help you prepare yourself for the British climate.

Weather and Climate Guide

 Packing can be a bit daunting, especially when coming to a new country for a whole year. We’ve put together a handy packing guide to help ease the burden.

What to Pack- List and advice

Are you nervous about making friends? Don’t worry, everyone is. Our 'Socialising in the UK' guide will give you an overview of what to expect in some different situations in the UK.

Socialising in the UK

Life at Staffordshire University

There's lots going on at Staffs and lots of support available if you need it. Here is some information about life at the University we think might be useful.

Staffordshire University has excellent accommodation available right on campus. Check it out HERE.

If you aren't looking for university accommodation, you can also find your own private accommodation.

Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre- We have excellent sports facilities and social sports teams to join. Check out more HERE.

Multi-faith Chaplaincy- Wonderful, caring support available for people of all faiths and none. 

Students' Union- There are loads of clubs and societies to join as well as impartial advice from Students' Union advisors.

Healthcare in the UK

What is the NHS? Do I need to register with a doctor? Will I need to pay for healthcare?

Check out our Guide to Healthcare in the UK for a crash course in the NHS.

Money and banking

Money can be a bit daunting sometimes. As an international student, it can be tricky to know exactly what's best and how to keep track of your budget. Check out our Money, Banking and Budgeting Guide for some help.

Taking care of yourself

Are you nervous about starting a course? We're here to make sure you're fully prepared with all the tools you need.

How to Get ahead in Your Studies

Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding

Student Inclusion Team

Academic Skills

Not sure what support you are looking for? Check out Report and Support for a full guide.

Staffordshire University London

Most of our pre-arrival information is relevant to all of our students. But if you are joining us in London, there may be a few more things to think about.

How to get to the London Campus

Check out the Sway below to see about registering for a GP in London.

Registering for a GP in London

Check out details of clubs and societies at our London campus.

London Clubs and Societies


If you haven't already completed online enrolment, we would encourage you to do this before you arrive. However, don’t worry if you can’t as you'll be able to do so when you arrive on campus. You'll need your bank account details and a digital copy of a passport-style photo for this.  You can upload your photo when you arrive on campus, but it will be quicker if you do this in advance.

Face-to-face enrolment

During international enrolment, you will be required to present your passport and BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)/Visa (or collect your BRP from us if you have requested it is delivered to the University), as well as the certificates listed in your CAS and offer letter. You are advised to attend the International Welcome activities which will explain the responsibilities that are associated with your new visa. 

EU students  will also need to complete face-to-face enrolment to present their documents/share code.

If you are a student who will be here for six months or less, you will be required to do face-to-face enrolment. You will need to bring your passport and your boarding pass (from when you arrived in the UK) which will form part of your enrolment check, plus one other form of ID. Once your enrolment is fully completed,you will be issued with your student ID card.

Once your online enrolment is completed, we will send you a link to book a time slot to complete your face-to-face enrolment.

Your Student ID Card

All international students’ cards are valid for one year. In order to renew your card, you are required at the start of each academic year to undertake a right to study check. This involves you bringing your passport and visa to a specified point for verification by our Student Support and Experience team. Once this check has been completed, you will receive your new student card. Please note that this check must be completed within four weeks of the start of term.

Before you arrive 

We want to help make your transition to life in the UK as smooth as possible, so we have created a series of resources to help you to prepare for your new life with us.

We will be running lots of activities for new and returning students to help you settle in and make friends including information about clubs and societies and lots of exciting social events.
Make sure you're ready for our blended learning approach by checking out our digital guides. You'll need your student email and password to access these guides, so make sure you have them handy.