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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.

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How To Get to UCA Campuses

To make your journey to campus as safe and stress-free as possible we've partnered with local taxi companies to offer you a door-to-door service when you pre-book your journey online.

Please remember to check UK Government guidance and restrictions on travel into the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

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

£154.80 plus parking

Heathrow to Rochester

£180 plus parking

Gatwick to Canterbury

£96 plus parking

Gatwick to Rochester

£120 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

£150 plus parking 

Heathrow to Rochester

£99 plus parking

Gatwick to Canterbury

£120 plus parking

Gatwick to Rochester

£70 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.

Please remember:  The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as 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). If you are required to quarantine due to Covid-10, please do not visit your collection point until after your quarantine period has ended

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 (normally a Post Office close to the University). The BRP collection address will be confirmed on the visa acceptance letter from UK Visas and Immigration.

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 and the Police

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.

  • For students at Epsom and Farnham, you will be able to register with a local GP on each of the campuses during the induction week.

 

For students at Canterbury and Rochester, you will need to register with a local GP on an individual basis. For more information, please join our International Induction Event. You can also speak to your Specialist Adviser on your campus to find out more information.

If you are an international student with a Student visa for over 6 months, and are from the following countries, you will need to register with the police:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

You should register within 7 days of arrival, or as soon as possible after collecting your Biometric Residence Permit.

For students in Epsom and Farnham, the local Police registration officer will visit campus following induction week and help you register. You will need to book your place on the UCA Online Store (link will be added closer to the induction date) as soon as possible as we have limited spaces available. If you fail to attend the meeting or come without a booking, you will not be able to register on-campus and will have to go to a designated Police station to register.

Epsom: dates, times and venue to be confirmed.

Farnham: dates, times and venue to be confirmed.

The time slot is only available for a new international student. If you need to change your address or any information from your previous registration, please speak to a visa compliance adviser or International Student Support Co-ordinator for more information.

There will NOT be on-campus police registration available. Please attend the International Induction Event to find out how to register with the police, or speak with your campus Specialist Adviser for further guidance.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about arriving into the UK, do get in touch at international.studies@uca.ac.uk