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 website.

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 from the local post office.

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.

When you arrive in Bath, please make arrangements to go to the post office as soon as possible to collect your BRP card. You must take your passport and your UKVI visa decision letter with you.

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: 27 Northgate St, Bath BA1 1AJ

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 Tier 4 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 offer letter of 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

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 8AM-12:45PM and 2PM-3.15PM.

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 Tier 4 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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