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Welcoming you to the UK

Welcoming you
to the UK

We can't wait to welcome you to UCA!

Before you set off for the UK we want to share some useful information about arriving and getting to our campuses from the airport. There’s also some handy advice on how to get set up when you arrive to study in the UK.

Every year we host welcome events so you can get to know your new teachers, classmates and make new friends! Remember, we're on hand to help, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Meet and greet

How To Get to UCA Campuses

UCA will be running an airport Meet and Greet airport pick-up service on 16th, 17th and 18th September for new students joining us in September 2022.

To express interest in using our Meet and Greet service please complete the survey below.

Do note, to be eligible for this service you must be staying in UCA Accommodation. We are unfortunately not able to provide transport for relatives/dependants.

Meet and Greet Survey

Providing sufficient registrations UCA will be operating two collection and drop-offs per day, during accommodation check-in times, over our Meet and Greet period. If you are due to arrive outside of these dates/hours you will need to arrange alternate transport.

We will confirm nearer your arrival date the Terminal from which we will be operating our Meet and Greet service from. Directions between the terminals are clearly signposted within the airport and further details about travelling between terminals can be found on the London Heathrow website.

All meet and greet bookings are subject to availability and current Government Covid-19 guidelines.

If you have any questions please contact us at airportpickup@uca.ac.uk

If you are not staying in UCA accommodation, to make your journey to campus as safe and stress-free as possible, please find below information on local taxi companies who you can pre-book your journey with online.

The easiest and fastest way to get to your accommodation from the airport is by taxi, especially if you have luggage and other carry-on items. Listed below, you’ll find contact details for the most popular local taxi companies used by our students. These companies all offer airport pick up services and can be booked online directly with the companies via email. Please book in advance to confirm your pick-up time and location.

It is advisable to:

  • Update your arrival details in CAS Shield.
  • Once your booking has been processed by the taxi company, they will send you a confirmation via email of your booking. Please check that all the information on the confirmation email is correct.
  • Print/screenshot the taxi confirmation that has the pickup details and phone numbers, so that you can contact the taxi company if required when you arrive.
  • You can choose to pay by cash or card - please confirm with the taxi company what mode of payment you would like to use. Do note, cards from other countries may not always be recognised in the UK, so prepare some cash in case of emergency.
  • If you think you may need a larger size taxi please inform the taxi company of this at your time of booking.
  • If there's any changes to your flight details, please inform the taxi company immediately.

Information regarding the approximate taxi charge from the airport to the campus can be found below. 

 

To Epsom Campus, Farnham Campus and surrounding areas

 

Victoria Gosden Travel
To make bookings online: click here.
Phone: +44 (0)1252 737475

Price based on a standard car for 1-2 person with total 2 luggage
Airport parking is normally from £5 to £13 depending on the airport and waiting time

 

From airport to accommodation

07:00-22:59 Monday to Saturday

Weekend, public holiday, late night or early morning

Heathrow to Farnborough

£45 plus parking

£60 plus parking

Heathrow to Farnham

£55 plus parking

£70 plus parking

Heathrow to Fleet

£45 plus parking

£60 plus parking

Heathrow to Guildford

£65 plus parking

£80 plus parking

Heathrow to Epsom

£80 plus parking

£95 plus parking

Heathrow to Aldershot 

 £50 plus parking

 £65 plus parking

Gatwick to Aldershot

£75 plus parking

£90 plus parking

Gatwick to Farnborough

£75 plus parking

£90 plus parking

Gatwick to Farnham

£65 plus parking

£80 plus parking

Gatwick to Fleet

£72 plus parking

£87 plus parking

Gatwick to Guildford 

£75 plus parking

£90 plus parking

Gatwick to Epsom

£80 plus parking

£95 plus parking

 

To Rochester and Canterbury Campuses

 

Longleys Private Hire
To make booking online: click here.
Phone: + 44 (0)1227 710 777

Price based on a standard car for 1-2 person with total 2 luggage
Airport parking is normally from £5 to £13 depending on the airport and waiting time.

From Airport to accommodation

Price for any day or time

Heathrow to Canterbury

£168 plus parking

Heathrow to Rochester

£192 plus parking

Gatwick to Canterbury

£102 plus parking

Gatwick to Rochester

£126 plus parking

 

To Rochester and Canterbury Campuses

 

Vokes Taxi
To make bookings online: click here.
Phone: +44 (0)1634 222222 

Price based on a standard car for 1-2 person with total 2 luggage
Airport parking is normally from £5 to £13 depending on the airport and waiting time.

From Airport to accommodation

Price for any day or time

Heathrow to Canterbury

£160 plus parking 

Heathrow to Rochester

£112 plus parking

Gatwick to Canterbury

£130 plus parking

Gatwick to Rochester

£82 plus parking

If you would rather make your own way to the campus there are train and bus/coach services available that will take you to Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham or Rochester. Travelling by public transport usually takes longer than travelling by taxi and may involve changing trains, buses and walking, depending on your route. If you have large/heavy luggage with you, you may find it inconvenient to travel by public transport.

 

Getting settled in

Here's some useful information to help you when you arrive to study in the UK, from getting set up with a Residence Permit to registering with a local health service and the police (where required).

BRP Collection

BRP is an abbreviation of Biometric Residence Permit. All students who have a Student visa for over 6 months will be issued with a BRP card.  Your BRP confirms your right to study in the UK and as such is an important visa requirement. You should collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival to the UK (unless self-isolating). 

For more detailed information on BRP’s please visit: here.

When you applied for your visa you should have specified where you would like to collect your BRP from (either a Post Office close to the University or at the University itself). The BRP collection address will be confirmed on the visa acceptance letter from UK Visas and Immigration.
If your BRP collection location is the University you will learn more about collecting your BRP during your Induction week on campus. 

If your BRP is not at the collection location by the collection date do not worry as sometimes BRP’s arrive later than the date specified.

Note: When collecting your BRP ensure to take your passport, with entry visa vignette. Please also bring your visa acceptance letter as it will help the staff to locate your BRP quickly.

Contact visaadvice@uca.ac.uk for more detailed information.
Please also see further guidance on this topic here.

As soon as you have collected your BRP, you should check if your BRP has the correct information. If there’s a problem with your BRP when it arrives, report it within 10 days. Otherwise you may have to apply and pay for a replacement.

  • Mistakes in the length or conditions of your visa
  • Other problems with your BRP

Apply online for administrative review if the length of leave (the expiry date) or the conditions (working entitlement etc.) on your BRP card are incorrect. You will be charged a fee for an administrative review, but this will be refunded if UKVI agree there was an error.

If there is a mistake on your BRP, such as your name, gender, date of birth, or your BRP was damaged when it arrived, you must report it.

You should also let the Home Office know if your BRP is ever lost or stolen. You can do this by visiting the relevant section of www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/need-brp.

Registering with a GP

Staying healthy is important to make the most of your time in the UK. It is important that you are registered with a GP (General Practitioner) near you. National Health service (NHS) provides a comprehensive service to register international and EU students, except dental and optical services.

  • You will need to register with a local GP on an individual basis. For more information, please join our International Induction Event during your first week on campus.
    You can also speak to your Specialist Adviser on your campus to find out more information on the local GP surgeries or alternatively contact international.support@uca.ac.uk for further support.

The Police Registration scheme has now ended. Please see further guidance below:

The general requirement under the Immigration Rules for certain foreign nationals to register with the police (the “Police Registration Scheme”) has ceased as of August 2022.

Those who have been issued with a visa with the requirement to register but who are yet to travel, will have their visa re-issued where possible or be notified of the changes in advance of travel.
This change also applies to those who have already registered with the Police or who have a condition to register with the police listed as part of their leave to enter or remain in the UK.
You will no longer be required to communicate any updated personal details to the police. Any changes, including address, should be communicated instead to the Home Office directly via: https://www.gov.uk/changecircumstances-visa-brp 

Should you have any questions on this information please contact international.support@uca.ac.uk or visaadvice@uca.ac.uk 

Get in touch

If you have any questions about arriving into the UK, or what to do once you have arrived, do get in touch at international.support@uca.ac.uk