Incoming students

Welcome International students!

Here's everything you need to know about arrival as a new international student at Bath Spa University

Before you arrive

Step 1: confirm your offer of study

If your application is successful, you'll receive a conditional or an unconditional offer of study from us. You'll then need to confirm your offer.

Email to let them know that you accept your offer of study.

Once you've confirmed your offer, we can provide you with all the information you need before you can begin your studies with us. 

Find out more.

Step 2: join our social media and meet other students

Meet other students before you arrive - join our FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts where you can ask us questions and find out more about Bath Spa. 

Step 3: check your visa information

If you require a visa to study in the UK, please make sure that you read this page thoroughly. It contains all the information you need to know about arranging your visa and obtaining a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Step 4: pay any outstanding fees

Please check if you are required to pay your tuition fee or a deposit before you can begin your studies with us. If you're making an international transfer, you can use Flywire. Find out how to pay, or email our Finance team via if you have any questions.

Step 5: apply for accommodation

You need to confirm your offer of study before you can apply for student accommodation.  If you haven't applied for accommodation yet, please contact our team as soon as possible at More information on how to apply is available on our accommodation pages.

Please note: when you receive your accommodation contract it will start on 21 September, but you'll be able to move in when you arrive.

PGCE students who need a car will need to contact directly, as halls won't be suitable due to the type of course.

How to choose accommodation?

The University has several campuses in different areas of Bath, Corsham and Bristol. We advise that you select accommodation that's close to the campus where your lessons will take place. However, this will depend on availability.

Please note:

  • If you have a disability, please make sure that you declare this on your application form, so that we can fully support you.
  • If you're a postgraduate or a mature student, we'll do our best to place you in accommodation with like-minded students, but we can't guarantee that we'll be able to do this.
  • You also have the option to choose private accommodation. You can get more information via the accommodation team:

Learn more about University accommodation prices and options.

Step 6: book your flights and complete our arrivals form

If you are attending a Pre-sessional English course, please check your starting dates - the International Relations Office will be in touch nearer the time.  

For students starting in September 2019, your arrival date is Thursday 19 September. Please complete the Arrivals Form as soon as possible, so that we know when you'll be arriving. The deadline for sending this information is 1 September.

Step 7: read the welcome brochure

Wondering what to expect from your first week? Need to know where to shop and what to get? Find all you need in our Welcome Guide for international students.

Step 8: register online

We advise that you complete online registration before you arrive (if you're not able to complete all the sections, don't worry - you can also finish this process during when you arrive, and we'll be happy to help you).

Step 9: what to bring

A range of shops are available in Bath and the nearby city of Bristol. For advice on what to bring and what not to bring, see our checklist. For tips on managing your money, see our budgeting guide.

When you get here

Step 1: arriving at Bath Spa

We recommend taking National Express coaches from Heathrow Airport to the city of Bath - please have a look at their extra luggage policy before you buy your ticket.
If you are coming from Bristol Airport, we recommend you to take the A4 Bath Bus Company, you can stop at either The Globe towards Newton Park campus or to the city of Bath.  Find more information on how to get to the city, see our Find Us page.

Step 2: complete additional steps for your visa

For Study Abroad students, you won't need to register with the police, nor collect a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit); however, you'll need to enrol in person when you arrive. 

If you are an overseas student outside the EU with a visa, you'll need to complete some additional steps:  

  1. Collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card
  2. Enrol in-person
  3. Register with the police.

More information is available on our Arriving page.

Step 3: open a bank account

You should open a UK bank account as soon as possible after arrival. Find more on our Finance pages. However, if you are coming for less than 6 months, this won't be necessary.

Step 4: plan your journeys around Bath

Find out more about travel in Bath, including how to buy a bus pass (if you need one), and how to move between the city centre, your main campus, and any other teaching sites. You may also want to explore Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas, too.

If you are arriving or leaving by plane from Bristol Airport, the below graphic will give you information on travel times and transport to and from the city.

 Bristol Airport travel guide

Step 5: get connected

During your first week as a new international student at Bath Spa, you'll be able to join a range of activities around the University. 

We recommend learning more about our Students' Union - this is a great opportunity to meet other students.

Step 6: learn more about education in the UK

You may find it difficult to adjust to the education system at a UK university, especially if English is not your first language.

Don't worry - we're here to support you. Our English Language Unit provides personalised language support to help you meet any challenges with confidence.

We also have plenty of resources and additional support available through our Library.

The International Office is always here to support you whatever issues you may be having. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Still have questions?

Contact us today if you have any questions about life at Bath Spa as an international student and we'll be happy to help.

Phone: +44 (0)1225 875875

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