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When you arrive – Bath Spa University

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

Upcoming events

Pre-departure International student webinar

Thursday, 1st September 2022 10:30 AM (UK time).

Our International Recruitment Team will host a Pre-departure webinar for international students. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register now

Greeting airport arrivals

Saturday 1st October, Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport 8:30am - 6 pm (UK time). 

Members of our International Recruitment team will be greeting International students at Heathrow airport. 

If you're an international student landing in a different terminal on 1st October and seek assistance from our team, please ring Ryan Smith on 07813 62760 or contact us at international@bathspa.ac.uk.

Moving into your accommodation

If you are moving into University accommodation, please email accommodation@bathspa.ac.uk with your estimated arrival time.

For the Newton Park campus, the Accommodation team will provide you with specific instructions on where to pick up your room keys.

Proving your Right to Rent for private sector accommodation

We understand that some international students will not be moving into University accommodation and may be hoping to secure a tenancy elsewhere. The Accommodation team are able to assist and advise you on private sector accommodation

As an international student, you'll need to prove your Right to Rent before a property owner or landlord will enter into a contract with you. The easiest way to do this is to prove your Right to Rent with a share code and the property owner can carry out the Right to Rent check

You can use this service if you:

  • have a biometric residence card or permit
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document on your phone.

Students who don't meet any of the above criteria and are hoping to secure a tenancy agreement before they arrive in the UK are still able to prove their right to rent but only after the student visa has been approved and you have received your passport with the entry clearance vignette. The Home Office has guidance online on how to prove your right to rent without the share code.

We've checked this guidance and believe international students will meet the requirements listed on page 5 of this document. There is also an FAQ section and there is a question concerning international students wishing to secure accommodation before arrival on page 14. 

It should also be noted that a landlord cannot insist you use the online service if you can provide a document from the acceptable document list. They're also not allowed to discriminate against you because you need to prove your right to rent in a different way. 

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.

If you used the Home Office's 'UK Immigration: ID Check' app for your Student visa application and you are also not a visa national, you won't receive a BRP to evidence your Student visa but will receive an electronic notification of UKVI's decision instead - this is referred to as your 'digital status'. You will be able to check your immigration status and conditions at any time using the 'view and prove' service on the GOV.UK portal. This function will allow you to prove your immigration status to the University and employers.

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.

If you have forgotten or don't know whether you used the ACL code, don't worry, as the decision letter you will receive with the outcome of your visa application will confirm the collection point.

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. Please refer to our Issues affecting your visa page to do this. 

Registering with the Police

As of 1st August 2022, the requirement to register with the police (which is applied to students from certain countries) has been suspended.

Those who have been issued with a visa with the requirement to register on it do not need to go to a police station to register.

If you have previously registered with the police, you do not need to do anything.

Keeping safe in the UK

Since the pandemic hit, criminals have been 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.

British Council guide for international students

The British Council have created an online PDF guide for international students on how to stay safe in the UK. We encourage all of our international students to save this and read it on arrival. 

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.

Setting up a bank account

You should open a UK bank account as soon as possible after arrival. You can choose from several banks to open your account such as Santander, Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and many more.

You'll need documentary evidence of your status in the UK; you can get a student status letter after enrolment by logging a call on MyServices.

You can also use a student status letter to prove that you're a student for other reasons, such as avoiding Council Tax. Council Tax pays for community services in the UK, but full-time students don't have to pay it.

When you first arrive in the UK you shouldn't bring large sums of cash with you or keep large sums of money in your accommodation. Bring enough cash to cover your living costs for the first few weeks, until you've opened your UK bank account, and have been issued with a debit card to make withdrawals from your account. You could also consider using a pre-paid travel card, which allows you to load the card up with money before you leave.

International fee payments

If you need to make an international bank transfer, Bath Spa University has partnered with Flywire to provide an easy and secure method of sending international fee payments.

The balance of tuition fees must be paid in full by Saturday 18 September. We recommend payments are made before leaving your home country as your bank may need to verify your password or send you a confirmation code by text, and this won't be received if you're in the UK and have changed your mobile SIM to a UK network.

Find out more on our How to pay page.

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