International students: After you arrive

Find out about what to do when you first get here, events to help you settle in and support available.

Complete registration

Once you have registered online you will receive your student number and login information required to access most University systems (including email).

Your registration will not be fully complete until you:

1.  Collect and activate your university ID card (UCard). If you are distance learning complete the Start your Studies form instead. 

2. Collect your BRP card and complete the Right-to-Study checks (if you are subject to immigration control).

Biometric Residence Permit card (BRP) and Right-to-Study check

If you are subject to immigration control you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card and complete a Right-to-Study check.

Booking a Right to Study check

  1. Click the booking link that you should have received by email
  2. Sign in using your University of Bristol username and password.
  3. Select a date and time that you are able to come to Senate House.
  4. Add the following details:
    • Name 
    • Email
    • Student Number

If you are an EU student you can either book a Right-to-Study check or email your share code to, along with your student number and date of birth. This inbox is currently experiencing high volumes so it may take longer than usual to receive a response. 

BRP collection

If your BRP card is being delivered to the University, you will be given your BRP card during your Right-to-Study check. If it has not yet arrived you can still complete your check and you will be asked to collect it at a later date.

If you are collecting your BRP card from a Post Office, make sure you collect your BRP card before you attend your Right-to-Study check appointment.

Open a bank account

It can take a few weeks to open a bank account. Find out what documents you need and how to do it. 

To get a university bank letter you must be a fully registered student.

Doctors, healthcare and vaccinations


See our guide to accessing healthcare services in the UK. Register with the Student Health service or other GP (doctor) as soon as possible. 

Tell our Disability Services if you have a health problem, mental health issue, or a disability. We may provide equipment, extra time in exams, or other adjustments.


Find out about getting vaccinations.


If you're feeling anxious, lonely or worried, or you are concerned about someone else, request support so that we can help you.


If you haven't found accommodation before arriving in the UK, see our advice on how to find private accommodation.

Pay your fees

Sponsored students

International sponsored students need to provide the university with a sponsorship letter when registering. Find out how to provide your sponsorship letter.

Find your way around Bristol

Find information on travelling around Bristol by bus, train, walking and cycling. You can also watch a recording of students talking about travel around Bristol. 

Get a mobile phone

You may need a UK mobile number to use some services in the UK. Find out how to get a UK mobile phone.

Free support services

Find out about our free support services open to all students.

International food in Bristol

See staff and student recommendations for intercultural food in Bristol. Take a look at the directions and feel free to share your own recommendations after you arrive.

Many mainstream supermarkets have an international food section. You can also get food delivered to you from a range of supermarkets and food delivery services.

Avoiding scams

Criminals sometimes target students through scams and online fraud. This can be online, via email or social media, or by phone. Find out what to watch out for and how to protect yourself.

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