Before You Arrive

Before you arrive

Visa

Before you arrive in London, there are some options to consider. If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you will not require a visa to study in the UK. However if you do require a visa, to apply for one you will need to show:

  • you have enrolled on a course for a minimum of 15 hours a week
  • a letter from the College to confirm that you have booked a place
  • details of your accommodation in London
  • you have enough money to pay for your studies and to support yourself while you are here

If you are not clear about any of the visa requirements for your country then you can speak to your local British embassy or you can also check though the UK Visa website (www.ukvisas.gov.uk) for more information.

Insurance

We strongly advise students to organise their own travel and medical insurance before they arrive in London. If you are an EEA National, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this allows you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return.

Weather

The weather in Britain is very changeable, so whatever time of year you are here it is sensible to bring a variety of clothes.
In the winter months, from December to February, it is very cold so you should bring warm clothes, including a hat and scarf. Between March and May, average temperatures are 10 to 15˚C and there might be rain. From June to August, temperatures are usually around 17 to 21˚C, though there may be some days where they exceed 30˚C. As well as your summer wardrobe, you may need some light outerwear during these months. In autumn, from September to November, the weather is likely to be similar to March and April.

Check the weather in London this week at www.bbc.co.uk/weather and www.metoffice.gov.uk.