Once you have received your visa you are ready to make your arrangements for travelling to the UK and arriving in Bath.

This may be your first time travelling to the UK and living away from home. The experience can be both exciting and overwhelming and you may not know what to expect when you finally arrive.

The below information will help you prepare for your journey to the UK and your first few weeks here. The International Advice Service are on hand to answer your questions so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any worries or questions.

As well as our website, you will find a wealth of information and helpful guides on the British Council and UKCISA websites. 

Arriving at Bath Spa University

You can travel to the UK on or after the ‘valid from date’ on your entry clearance vignette.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may need to take COVID-19 tests on particular days before you travel and provide the negative result on arrival. You may also need to allow for a period of quarantine after arrival in the UK depending on where you are coming from. Please read the information on the UK Government’s requirements on entering the UK and check it regularly for changes so that you are prepared.

When you arrive

You must:

  • Be in the UK and ready for study at the beginning of each term
  • Register with the police within 7 days of arrival if you are required to do so. This is determined by your nationality. Please read the information about police registration below
  • Pick up your BRP card within 10 days of arrival into the UK from the location you specified in your online student visa application. 


When travelling to the UK, there are a few things to consider, in particular whether you can use the new eGates.

Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the USA are permitted to use the new eGates which are in place at 15 airports and Eurostar rail terminals in the UK. 

Biometric Residence Permits

Biometric Residence Permits or BRPs are secure ID cards which contain personal details and biometric information for those who have applied for permission to come to the UK for more than 6 months.  They are similar in size and function to an ID card.

If you selected to use the Alternative Collection Location Code (ACL) code for Bath Spa when you made your visa application, then your BRP will be delivered to us. Please have ready your passport with your Entry Clearance Vignette (sticker) and your decision letter from UK Visas and Immigration. If your BRP has arrived, you will be able to collect it during enrolment.

If you did not select the ACL delivery process, then please go to the post office in Bath city centre to collect your BRP. Thousands of students collect their BRP from this post office each year and it should be a simple, easy process.

Address: 6-7 Union street, Bath BA1 1RT

Police registration

The condition to register with the police is given to people who are from one of the below nationalities and who are in the UK on a Student visa for more than six months:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, 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.

If you're required to register with the police, the condition is likely to be printed on your 30-day vignette (and, possibly, no other document) or, if you've been granted leave to remain following an application made in the UK, on your biometric residence permit (BRP).

You must go to the police within seven days of you:

  • Arriving in the UK if you applied for a visa from outside the UK
  • Getting your biometric residence permit if you applied to stay for longer from inside the UK.

There's a fee of £34 to register with the police. When you register, you'll receive a Police Registration Certificate.

How to register with the Avon and Somerset Police

To register and book your appointment, visit the Avon and Somerset Police website.

You'll need to visit the online registration and appointment portal to book your appointment.

You can't save your application and come back to it later, so make sure you have the relevant information in front of you before you begin.

You'll need:

  • Your personal details, UK address (and postcode) and your contact details - please check that you have the full address, including room number or house/flat number, and a family member’s details (if applicable)
  • Your passport
  • Your Visa/BRP/Home Office decision letter showing the requirement to register with the police
  • Your study details (your CAS)
  • The ability to upload a passport style photograph.

When you've completed the online registration, you'll be required to make an appointment to register in person.

When you go to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit – BRP - (if you have one) or your 30-day entry clearance vignette
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter or email 
  • £34 registration fee in cash.

Our nearest Registration Unit is:

Bath Foreign National Registration Unit
One Stop Shop
3-4 Manvers Street
01278 645566

Reporting changes of circumstances

You must also ensure that you update the police within seven days if you change address during your studies; extend your Student leave; renew your passport; get married; or if any of the other details on your Police Registration Certificate change

You can find more information on the Avon and Somerset Police and GOV.UK websites.

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