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8 things to do when you arrive at Confetti London

We welcome new students to Confetti in September and January each year. As an international student, there are some things you’ll need to do to make sure your transition to the University is as smooth as possible.

You’ll find the 8 most important things to do when you arrive at Confetti London on this page.

1. Complete your enrolment

Enrolment for international students is a two-step process. Firstly, you’ll be encouraged to start your enrolment online. This involves checking the information we have about you, paying your tuition fees or setting up an instalment arrangement.

Then, when you arrive in the UK you will need to collect your BRP from the post office detailed on your visa decision email and take along to enrolment for your passport and visa checks. The team will also take a photo for your Student ID Card.

2. Settle into your new home

It's important to make your new accommodation feel like your home from home. There are lots of shops in London to buy essential items and kit out your room with home comforts. Introduce yourself to your flatmates - it's a great time to explore London together, find your way around and discover your new favourite spots.

We strongly advise you to book your accommodation before you travel. If you've not arranged this in advance, please make sure you have a temporary option booked (such as a hotel) for your arrival.

3. Pay your fees

Make sure you’ve made arrangements to pay the rest of your tuition fees in full or have set up a plan to pay your fees in instalments.

If you opt for an instalment plan, no money will be taken from your account until the instalment dates in October 2023 and February 2024. When you open a UK bank account you can change the payment details on your instalment plan, if necessary.

4. Open a UK bank account

When you arrive, we recommend that you open a UK bank account. You can use this account to pay your rent and bills, transfer money from overseas and, if you decide to work part-time, your employer will be able to pay your wages into this account. You can get advice on student bank accounts from our International Student Support team.

5. Attend your course induction

Your course induction is compulsory so it's really important that you check your timetable and attend right from the first day.

If you miss these you risk falling behind and missing key opportunities to: meet course staff and fellow students; explore facilities and learning resources you’ll use; be introduced to the first modules of your course.

6. Register with a doctor

All international students have access to NHS healthcare after paying the NHS healthcare surcharge.

If you’re aged 18 or over and study in the UK you’ll be eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination. You’ll need your NHS number which you’ll get when you register with a doctor. You may also be encouraged to have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination.

7. Discover your new city

London has a lot to offer no matter what your interests are. You will be based in the vibrant Whitechapel district so will be close to popular tourist destinations and famous landmarks including Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Gherkin.

Why not visit one of London's 130 museums or eat at one of the many bars, restaurants, and street-food stalls. There is lots to discover so as a starting point, read some of our suggestions and start exploring London.

8. Follow us on social

There are many ways to keep up to date with all that is going on around Confetti. You can join us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news and events.