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 email@example.com 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.
Step 2: join our social media and meet other students
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
When you get here
Step 1: arriving at Bath Spa
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:
- Collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card
- Enrol in-person
- 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.
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.
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