Orientation programme

Do you still need to arrange your way to Staffordshire?

We have a fantastic Meet and Greet Service from Manchester Airport.

Meet and Greet arrangements

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, but we will have these for you soon.

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 student-support@staffs.ac.uk  or using our Live Chat 2pm-4pm, Monday-Friday.


Getting here

Where is Staffordshire University? How do I get there? 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 that 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 the 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.

If you need to submit your finances to the university for checking, please look at the page Help submitting financial evidence documents. Please note that we highly recommend sending at least two months of banks statements and evidence of where large deposits have come from in order for us to check your finances more quickly.

Before you get here, you need to make sure you know where you will be staying.

Staffordshire University has excellent accommodation available right on campus.

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

Please note that as part of our attendance monitoring policy, we require students to live within a 1 hour commute from the University. This is in order to ensure you are able to fully attend and engage with all your teaching activity and achieve the best outcome from your studies. 

Have you prepared everything else but are anxious about border 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

Sometimes the things you think will be the same as back home are the ones that can catch you most off guard. One area that might be more different than you expect is studying! Check out our student-written guide below.

Studying in the UK

Do you have a family or are thinking of starting one? If you have little ones, there are more things to consider.

Family in UK

 Here's some information about things in the UK:

Council Tax

TV Licence

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.

Check out what banks are in Stoke-on-Trent HERE.

For information on Tuuition fees, Installment dates and how to make payments, check out our International Fees and Scholarships page.

Looking to make some extra money while you are here? Check out our guide to Working in the UK.

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.

Also check out what Healthcare Resources are available in Stoke-on-Trent.

In addition to our physical health, we also need to be sure to take care of our mental health. Here at Staffs, we have a dedicated Wellbeing and Safeguarding Team to help support you with your mental health. Watch this video from Jonny for more information.

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 that we think might be useful.

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

Multi-faith Chaplaincy- friendly, caring support available for people of all faiths. 

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

If you are still looking for somewhere to live, check out our on-campus accommodation.

Looking for some extra help settling in? Why not sign up for the Careers Connect Mentoring programme?

Coming to a new country can be really strange. You've heard some things but what is it really like? Check out our blog from current staff and students who remember what it is like to move to a new country!

There's also a lot to do in the local area. Check out our guide for some Things to do in and around Stoke-on-Trent.

Don't take our word for it! Check out the following blogs by other staff:

New to Stoke on Trent- A blog from Ema Talam, a Lecturer and Former International Student 

Event for Autumn 2022 in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire- A Guide to what will be going on this Autumn by Professor Jon Fairburn 

If you want to go a bit further afield, why not take a day or a weekend in London?

Taking care of yourself

Are you nervous about starting your 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

Student Support and Experience Team

Staffordshire Univeristy is a thriving and diverse community. Watch our Culture and Identity video to learn about what it that means.

Coming to a new country is wonderful and exciting but it can also be stressful. Make sure you read about Culture Shock or watch our Culture Shock video.

The academic Skills Team offers lots of usefull reources to help you hone your study skills. Check out their videos as well their Skills Bridge resources. 

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 link 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

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021