Before you begin your fantastic journey to the UK, there are 5 things you need to prepare before the day of departure.
Make sure that you have your accommodation sorted. If you are expected to quarantine, you must make sure your quarantine accommodation is all cleared too. If you have any questions regarding the accommodation, reach out to the accommodation manager or your student ambassadors.
Next on the list is all your documents. Make sure you have these documents in your bag. Ideally, you should have all the original and one copy of these documents in your hand luggage and 4 copies in the check-in bags. It is tough to find a place to do photocopies. So, for initial bank account applications and other applications, this will be very handy.
- CAS letter
- Flight Tickets
- Boarding pass
- IELTS certificate
- Certificate of graduation
- Confirmation of enrolment document
- Accommodation details
- Quarantine details
- COVID test results
- Personal Statement
- Reference letters
- Birth Certificate
- UK Passport Size Photos
- Tuberculosis Test Report - I had to bring this. I am not sure about the guidelines now.
- Homeland Passport Size Photos
- Doctor Prescription
Please note, this is not the document checklist that you should solely follow. Instead, please check the local guidelines and make sure you have all the documents ready to go.
It will take at least a month to open a bank account for students. September and October are the new students season. So many people will start the application process immediately after arrival. I suggest you wait a couple of weeks because you can get your account activated quickly, and there will not be any rush. It is always best to prepare for the worst case.
Make sure you have £400 in cash and a contactless forex card loaded with how much ever money you can bring. Usually, in the first month, there will be a lot for you to purchase. So it is ideal that you have enough money for your shopping.
Please DON'T budget cut on your first-month shopping. You have to get things that will make you feel comfortable. Here is my list of things that you have to buy in the UK. So, make sure to plan accordingly.
✔️ Health Checkup
You already know it. Make sure you do a complete health check-up before you board the flight. Get necessary medicines for all types of health issues like vomiting, nasal block, sore throat, fever, and you know the rest. Make sure the notes for each medicine are clear. Medicines should also have an apparent expiry date and get the prescription as well.
The first three months of your arrival (September, October and November) is flu season. The most spreading is the international students. You might feel some discomfort so, it is best to have some medicines in hand.
Eeeee. This had to make it to the list.
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All excited about your study abroad? I am so happy that you have chosen to explore various options for your career. This experience is going to be the best.
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