Arriving in the UK

Moving to a new country to study can be a daunting and confusing experience, but our staff are on hand to help you through the transition.

International students on campus

When to arrive

We expect all international students to engage with their studies for Semester 1 online or in-person from week 1. The deadline to arrive in the UK to complete the enrolment will be week 4. 

Please check the guidelines on entering the UK from your country or territory before planning your journey.

Guidelines on entering the UK

At the airport

We operate a free ‘Meet and Greet’ service at Birmingham International Airport for new international and EU students.

Our team will welcome you, answer any questions you may have, and help with your transfer by coach or taxi to your accommodation.

The service is only available from Birmingham Airport to accommodation located within a three-mile radius of Birmingham City University City Centre Campus. You must register for the service in advance. Places are limited; book early to avoid disappointment. We may reduce the hours of the service if demand is insufficient.

If you arrive outside of the Meet and Greet weekend dates and times, Airport Taxi Rank is located directly outside the airport building. All of the taxis are Black Cabs licensed by Birmingham City Council and operate a 24-hour, 365-day service and will cost around £30 - £35 to Birmingham City Centre. All taxis from the Airport Taxi Rank accept major debit and credit cards or pay with UK Pounds Sterling.


Before planning your arrival, remember to check the date on your accommodation contract. You may not be able to access your accommodation until a specific date and may need to make alternative arrangements before your arrival.

Travelling safely

Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city after London and home to more than 80,000 students. Like most cities in the world, you should take precautions to ensure your safety when travelling.

Take care of your possessions, and do not leave your suitcase or bags unattended in a public place. We also advise against carrying large amounts of cash. Instead, bring a small amount of money for expenses, along with a credit card or traveller's cheques.

Immigration and customs

You’ll need certain documentation with you when arriving in the UK relating to things such as your studies, fees and accommodation. Use our documents checklist for advice on this.