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What to do when you arrive

We've summarised the 10 most important things to do when you arrive on this page. Things are going to be a little bit different this year. Some things, like opening a UK bank account for example, we recommend you do online.

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1. Check your fee payment arrangements

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

When you arrive and open a UK bank account you can change the payment details on your instalment plan, if necessary.

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2. Complete your enrolment – collect your Biometric Residence Permit and your NTU student card

In order to start at the University you must enrol, please read the information and follow the instructions carefully to do this.

If you're an international student you may need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from us after you arrive.

Collections will be by appointment only.

When we've successfully received your BRP at the University, a member of our enrolment team will contact you with further guidance and to arrange an appointment.

Please email our enrolment team at with any questions about this process.

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3. Complete any pre-arrival course tasks

Make sure you've completed any pre-arrival tasks for your course.

Your Academic School will email you if these are needed and you can check on our course induction web pages.

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4. Go to your course induction

It's really important that you attend your course induction, right from the first day.

This is where you'll meet your classmates, teachers and other staff on your course.

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5. Join Welcome 2020

Welcome 2020 will provide a varied and vibrant programme of activities and events designed to welcome you to NTU. It is a great time to settle in, make some friends and have some fun before your course starts.

You can also use some of this time to finalise any practical matters, like moving in to your new home, for example.

6. Register with the police (if required)

If you're on a course of more than 6 months, you may need to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK as a condition of your visa.

It's very important to do this, if you are required to so please read this information carefully and contact us if you need any advice.

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7. Open a UK bank account

Opening a UK bank account is one of the first things most international students do after arriving in the UK, and it's something we recommend for all students who plan to be in the UK for six months or more.

With a UK bank account you'll be able to manage your money more easily. You can use your new account to pay your rent and bills, transfer money from overseas, and if you decide to work part-time during your studies your employer will probably pay your wages into your bank account.

If you have arranged to pay your fees in instalments, you can also update the payment information to your new, UK bank account at our Student Financial Support Services in Newton Building.

You can get advice from our International Student Support team about this when you arrive.

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8. Register with a doctor

We advise you to register online with a medical practice when you arrive.

There's a health centre on our City and Clifton Campuses. If you're studying at Brackenhurst Campus you can access the Southwell Medical Centre.

In your first few weeks here you will be encouraged to have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination. When you register with a doctor please ask about this.

9. Log on to NOW

NOW is the NTU online workspace where you'll find most of your course material, assignments and activities.

It's really useful to get used to this before you start your course so you're well-prepared.

International student support team

10. Meet our international student support team

Please make some time soon after you arrive to meet our International Student Support service team.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to the University.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175