Before your travel to the UK

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This page will prepare you for your journey to the University, providing you with clarity to help you feel at ease. Explore the resources below to make sure you have everything you need, know what to expect, and how to get to us at Herts!

When to arrive

We recommend you arrive with enough time to settle in and familiarise yourself with the campus and local amenities before classes start. If you have secured your visa we strongly advise you to arrive on 17th or 18th September, which is arrivals weekend. This will allow you to make the most of our orientation week and all the resources and activities on offer. If your course has an earlier start date, you need to arrive by the start date.

You will need to sort out your bank account, NHS registration and police registration (if required), as well as explore the town!

COVID-19 travel guidance

Travel rules have relaxed in the UK and when travelling to England, you no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, take any COVID-19 tests or quarantine on arrival.

You should check your own countries travel rules, including any countries you have a transit stop in, as they may still require you to take tests or complete other processes before you fly.

Pre-arrival checklist

  • passport
  • Student Visa or Entry Clearance, if applicable
  • travel tickets
  • medical certificates
  • up-to-date vaccinations - COVID-19 vaccination is not required for entry to the UK
  • travel insurance for the journey
  • health insurance/European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), if applicable
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) or your unconditional offer letter (for those applying for a Visit Visa)
  • decision letter which explains how and where to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if applicable
  • original examination certificates and English language results, with certified translations
  • birth certificates/marriage certificates for any dependants with you
  • travellers’ cheques/sterling currency/pre-paid credit card to last for your first few weeks in the UK & access to funds electronically for the coming months until you have opened a UK bank account.
  • proof of sponsorship if you are a sponsored student
  • proof of your parents’ finances, a signed letter of support and your original birth certificate (if your parents are supporting you)
  • a mobile phone handset that is enabled to work with any mobile network provider
  • confirmed accommodation and if on campus, order your bedding pack

As well as original documentation in your hand luggage you are advised to keep copies of all the above listed documents in your main suitcase, and leave additional copies with a relative at home.

Accommodation common room with table tennis
Accommodation shared kitchen area
Accommodation Townhouse bedroom
Accommodation Studio Room
Accommodation shared common room sofa area
Accommodation outside view

Registration

You are required to formally register on your course to become an official University of Hertfordshire student. Registration will be online for Stage 1 and in person for Stage 2.

You will be sent your university credentials and Joining Instructions 40 days before the start date of your programme. Once you receive your credentials you can begin your MFA and Stage 1 registration online before you arrive in the UK.

  • MFA - Before you complete Stage 1 registration, you need to set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Details on how to set up MFA this are on AskHerts.
  • Stage 1 - This involves you checking and updating your personal details in the online portal. Watch our step-by-step guidance video for Stage 1 Registration. You should complete Stage 1 before your travel.
  • Stage 2 - This involves the University checking copies of your important documents. You will be invited to book a slot for Stage 2 registration and should do this as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK.

You should complete both stages as soon as you can so you can begin accessing your learning materials.

Airport guidance

Travelling to a new country can be a little overwhelming. To make it easier for you, we’ve outlined the process below so that you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.

If you travel by plane your airline will give you a landing card - fill this in before you arrive at border control. Be prepared for an immigration interview with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) staff. You must be able to answer some questions in English and have a basic conversation without the assistance of an interpreter – failure to do so may result in you being denied access to the UK, at which point you will have to return home. The UK border control can be very busy, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait in a queue.

Students will need to show a valid passport and visa on arrival to the UK but you may also need to show the following so please make sure you keep these in your hand luggage:

  • evidence of funding
  • a recent medical report including x-ray results (if required)
  • notification of CAS e-mail or your University of Hertfordshire unconditional offer letter (if you have a visit visa)

Be prepared to answer questions about where you are staying, and why you have come to the UK. The Border Force Officer must also be satisfied that you speak English at the required level without the need for an interpreter. You may also be fingerprinted if you supplied biometrics for your visa application.

After collecting your luggage and making your way through customs, you will reach the Arrivals Hall.

Please note if you require a Student Route visa or Visit visa you should not use the ePassport gates on arrival to the UK. You will need to see a Border Force Officer who will be able to stamp your passport giving you the appropriate leave or validation of your vignette.

Getting through customs

You can save this 'Request for a passport stamp' PDF to your phone or print it out and show it to Border Force Officials on your arrival to the UK to explain that you need a stamp in your passport.

You can help by keeping all of your important documents together and in your hand luggage.

To help you prepare and have a better idea of what to expect when crossing the border into the UK, the UK Visa's and Immigration Border Force have devised a helpful list of '10 top tips' for student arrivals. Welcome to the UK!

Getting to the University

Airport collection

We are delighted to offer free airport collection from Heathrow to campus on arrivals weekend! Our coaches will be on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022 at 10.00, 13:00 and 19.00 each day. Places were limited and are now fully booked, so if you secured your seat you will receive email guidance regarding the collection location before your arrival.

Using public transport

Getting to campus from the major airports via public transport is incredibly simple. We've written out the steps you'll need to take to get to campus. Alternatively, you can print out a downloadable PDF version of the journey routes here.

The nearest train station to campus is Hatfield (Herts) and there are direct trains from King's Cross. The University is a short taxi journey or bus ride from Hatfield railway station. You can view the UnoBus routes and timetables online and train times and fares on the National Rail website.

There are also bus services available from all the major London airports to the University. As you may need to use multiple buses or trains, you may prefer to arrange a taxi to collect you from the airport to take you direct to your accommodation. Taxis are an easier option when travelling with heavy bags and if it is your first time in the UK, but they will cost more than public transport.

If you are living off campus please research your transport route so you can go directly from the airport to your accommodation to drop off your bags.

1. Follow signage to Heathrow Underground Station
2. Take the Piccadilly Line to London King's Cross Underground Station
3. Follow signage to London King's Cross Overground Station
4. Take the train to Hatfield Station 
5. Take any Uno bus from outside the station (making sure to check the direction of the bus). Some routes will be quicker and more direct and you can check the bus routes online
6. Exit at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane or de Havilland campus

  1. Follow signage to Heathrow Underground Station
  2. Take the Piccadilly Line to London King's Cross Underground Station
  3. Follow signage to London King's Cross Overground Station
  4. Take the train to Hatfield Station
  5. Take any Uno bus from outside the station (making sure to check the direction of the bus)
  6. Exit at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane or de Havilland campus

1. Make your way to the Gatwick Airport Railway Station located at the South Terminal
2. Take the train to Finsbury Park Station
3. Change at Finsbury park and take the train to Hatfield Station
4. Take any Uno bus from outside the station (making sure to check the direction of the bus). Some routes will be quicker and more direct and you can check the bus routes online
5. Exit at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane or de Havilland campus

1. Walk to Stansted Airport Railway Station, located directly below the terminals
2. Take the train to Tottenham Hale Station
3. Make your way to the Underground station in Tottenham Hale
4. Take a Victoria Line train to Finsbury Park
5. Change at Finsbury Park and take an overground train to Hatfield Station
6. Take any Uno bus from outside the station (making sure to check the direction of the bus). Some routes will be quicker and more direct and you can check the bus routes online
7. Exit at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane or de Havilland campus

1. Take the shuttle bus from Luton Airport to Luton Airport Parkway Railway Station
2. Take the train to St Albans Railway Station
3. Take an Uno bus from outside the station (making sure to check the direction of the bus). You can use the 601, 602 or 653 routes. The 602 and 653 go to both campuses, but the 601 only goes to de Havilland where you can switch to the shuttle to get you to College Lane. The 601 and 602 routes are quicker and more direct. You can check the bus routes online
4. Exit at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane or de Havilland campus

You may prefer to take a taxi to the University. You can either pre-book a taxi before you travel to the UK. This will allow you to agree a price and pick up location before your flight. Otherwise you can get a non-booked taxi from the airport when you land.

Getting a non-booked taxi after you have landed

If you do this please make sure:

  • you get a cab from the official taxi rank at the airport or book in advance
  • you have the University's address clearly written on a piece of paper
  • you have cash to cover the cost of the journey (between £50 and £135 dependent on your arrival airport).

Pre-booking a taxi before you fly

If you would like to pre-book your taxi, you can use one of the following companies local to the University. They have experience of collecting our international students:

You must book your taxi at least 72 hours before departure. Tell them your:

  • full name
  • arrival date and time
  • flight number
  • UK airport and terminal
  • mobile phone number - please provide one that will work in the UK upon landing so you can be contacted by the driver.

If travelling from Heathrow the cost is estimated to be £40 - 60. If you are travelling from other airports, the prices will be different. You should ask the taxi company about the price when you make your booking to ensure you have the funds you need to cover the cost of the journey.

Arriving at your accommodation

If you are living on campus with us, you will need to complete the Halls of Residence Information Form which will be provided to you by the accommodation team. A link may be provided to you by the Dean of Students via email before your arrival.

Next steps

Please continue to the 'Life in the United Kingdom' section.

Life in the United Kingdom