When you arrive

Welcome to Bath Spa! Once you arrive there are some things you'll need to do and be aware of as you're settling in.

How to quarantine or isolate

If you need to quarantine when you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you’re staying. You must not leave until ten days have passed.

The quarantine period is continuous from the day you arrive in England and lasts for the next ten full days after the day you arrived until 11:59pm on day ten. This period is necessary because it can take up to ten days for COVID-19 symptoms to appear.

To count the days:

  • The day you arrive in England is day 0
  • The day after you arrive is day one, and so on.

Please refer to the UK Government's guidance on how to quarantine to find out what you can and can't do during this period.

You’ve only travelled from or through a green list country

You must take a COVID-19 test on day two.

If you test positive you'll be required to stay at your accommodation and isolate. If you get a negative test result you will not have to isolate.

You’ve travelled from or through an amber list country and not a red list country

If you're fully vaccinated

You must take a COVID-19 test on day two. 

If you test positive you'll be required to stay at your accommodation and isolate. If you get a negative test result you will not have to isolate.

If you're not fully vaccinated

You must quarantine in your accommodation for ten days. You can quarantine in the University's Halls of Residence and support is available

You must take COVID-19 tests on day two and day eight.

You’ve travelled from or through a red list country

Everyone who arrives into England and has been in a red list country must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for ten full days from the point of their arrival.

You'll need to stay in your booked managed quarantine hotel for 11 nights.

You must take COVID-19 tests on day two and day eight from managed quarantine.

See more information about what to expect if you’re going into hotel quarantine, including help and support. 

Key dates and timeline

Prior to Welcome Weekend

Read the Welcome pages

The Welcome pages contain useful information for new and returning students. You should also check out our Welcome Activities and the Student Union’s Welcome Fortnight.

Complete your online enrolment

All students need to complete online enrolment. The online registration portal will open approximately two weeks before your course start or course induction date.

25 - 26 September: Welcome Weekend

International students who'll be studying with us on a Student visa will need to attend an in-person enrolment session over Welcome Weekend. Help will also be on hand if you need some support with your online registration.

If you're an international student but aren't going to be studying with us on a Student visa, you can enrol remotely in the final step of your online registration. You're welcome to visit us in the Commons building over Welcome Weekend where you can find support from various teams around the University including the Student Information Desk, Finance, IT Service Desk, Medical Centre, Immigration Advice, Students' Union, as well as travel information from First Bus.

27 September - 8 October: Welcome Activities

Undergraduate students

You'll have two weeks of induction activities to help you settle in before teaching begins. See our Welcome Activities page for further information. You'll also be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule for your course is ready so that you know which days and times you'll need to be on campus.

Postgraduate students

You'll have your course related induction activities as well as a range of optional activities throughout our Welcome Weeks.

7 October: International Information Day

Starting at a new university in a new country can seem daunting. That’s why we offer a full day of informative sessions specifically for new international students. All new international students are expected to attend the sessions which will take place on Thursday 7 October 2021.

11 October: Teaching begins

Teaching for most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses begins the week commencing 11 October 2021.

Online registration and in-person enrolment

All students are required to complete online registration.

Additionally, sponsored international students (those on a student visa) will need to complete in-person enrollment during the Welcome Weekend.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Once you have entered the UK, your BRP is your visa. Keep it safe with your passport as it can be expensive and inconvenient to replace if it's lost or stolen.

Where can I collect it from?

You'll need to collect it from the location you specified in your online student visa application.

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. You'll need to bring your passport and your decision email or letter from the Home Office. 

If you did not select the ACL delivery process, then please go to the post office in Bath city centre to collect your BRP. The address is 6-7 Union Street, Bath, BA1 1RT.

When do I need to collect it?

Legally, you'll need to collect your BRP within ten days of arriving in the UK, or before your Entry Clearance vignette in your passport expires, whichever is later. 

However, you'll need to collect it in order to complete your in-person enrolment.

Issues with your BRP

As your student sponsor, we have a responsibility to check your BRP for any mistakes and report these to the Home Office. If there are mistakes we'll notify you. 

You'll also need to report mistakes to the Home Office yourself, to get a new corrected card. We can assist you with this at your in-person enrolment. 

Registering with the police

Who needs to register with the police?

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 Entry Clearance vignette or, if you made a Student visa application from inside the UK, it may be printed on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

When should I do it?

You must go to the police within seven days of arriving in the UK if you applied for your visa from outside the UK, or getting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you applied for your visa from inside the UK.

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.

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

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 and travel details
  • 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 it
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter or email
  • £34 registration fee in cash.

The nearest Registration Unit is:

Beware of frauds and scams

Since the pandemic has hit, criminals are taking the opportunity to devise more ways to take your money. Scams can be very sophisticated and usually start with attempts to obtain your personal information or persuading you to pay money for items or a service.

Things to consider

  • Fraudsters may use cold calling and high-pressured sales techniques to convince you to invest in worthless, cloned or non-existent items, including cryptocurrencies. They will claim the opportunity is time limited so that you have to act quickly, with little time to consider or investigate further.
  • Unsolicited cold calling about investment opportunities is illegal – if you've received a cold call, this could be a sign that you're being solicited to pay into a scam.
  • Cryptocurrencies are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority so you're completely unprotected, if you lose money it won't be returned to you.
  • Scams may be promoted on social media with an almost too-good-to-be-true outcome if you invest your money. They may use fake celebrity endorsements to draw you in.
  • Email confirmations and websites may look official but it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
  • Legitimate investment companies are listed on the FCA’s Financial Services Register. You should always check before committing to investing any funds.
  • Never download any suspicious software that allows people to access your device.
  • Remember, if something sounds too good to be true – it probably is!

Scams targeting international students

There have been a number of scams targeting international students across the UK, including:

  • Callers pretending to be from the Home Office or the police
  • Tuition fee scams, where a person offers to pay the students’ tuition fees at a discounted rate or favourable conversion rate.

Please remember:

  • The Home Office and police will never call an international student to request payments or ask for personal details
  • You should only ever pay your tuition fees directly to the University.

For more information, please see the Government's Frauds, Tricks and Scams information.

Student responsibilities

As well as collecting your BRP and registering with the police when you first arrive, there are additional responsibilities for all sponsored international students. Please make sure you're aware of these and follow them at all times.

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