Arriving and Welcome Events  

Welcoming you to London Met

The International Student Advice team look forward to welcoming you to London Metropolitan University.  If you have any queries before you travel then please do contact us at

Please arrive in the UK as early as possible before the start of your course and certainly before the international student welcome programme (see following section for details).

If you arrive after the start of the course, your attendance will be affected, and you may find it difficult to catch up academically.

Pre-departure guide – the essential student checklist 

This guide, produced by the British Council, is designed to help you get ready for what we hope will be a fantastic experience studying in the UK. It is packed with all sorts of important and key information so please take the time to read it carefully.

In the guide, you will find everything you need to know about what do to before you leave home, arriving in the UK, settling in, getting organised and making the most of your new student life.

It includes lots of information about immigration, fees and finances, preparing for your journey, travelling, the weather, the clothing you'll need, health and looking after yourself, studying, shopping, making friends and having fun!

Pre-departure guide

What to bring in your hand luggage

Remember to bring with you enough money and/or debit/credit cards for the first few weeks until you are able to open a bank account in the UK.   (Advice on how to open a bank account can be found here) .

Whilst travelling please carry with you in your hand luggage:

  • Evidence of your studies at London Metropolitan University (acceptance letter plus print-out of CAS)
  • Evidence of your maintenance (you should carry up to date evidence that you still meet the maintenance requirements. If you have used any of the maintenance to pay for fees you should also carry the receipts for these payments)
  • Evidence of your academic and English language qualifications (as listed on your CAS)
  • Phone number of the International Office at London Met  (020 7133 3317)

Further information on arriving in the UK can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.


On arrival at the UK Border:

  • you will be asked to complete a landing card at border control
  • your visa will be stamped by the immigration officer
  • an immigration officer will ask you about the purpose of your visit and may test that your English Language skills are adequate therefore you should not use the help of an interpreter at Border Control
  • an immigration officer may check that you still have the required maintenance funds
  • If you are carrying more than £10,000 in cash, you must declare this at customs
  • do not bring prohibited items into the UK (check this list of prohibited food items).

The Home Office provides the following advice for students arriving at the UK Border Control

Student Arrivals: 10 Top Tips

Getting to London from the Airport

Transport from the two main London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) into central London is quite easy. There is a direct London Underground (Tube) link from Heathrow and there is a fast and frequent overground train link from Gatwick to central London.

Your welcome programme

Your first week at London Met will be a very busy and exciting time which will include introductions and talks about the University and about your course. You will receive full details and a timetable of events nearer the time. However, here are some of the events organised for new international students during the start of term to help you settle in. 

Your international induction session

Attendance at your international induction session is recommended for all international students. We want to make sure that you have a happy and successful time studying at London Met and so at the induction session you will be given lots of essential information regarding your visa and immigration requirements and responsibilities, and also key information and advice about studying, living and working in the UK. You will also have an opportunity to meet International Office staff and make friends with other new students. Refreshments will be provided for you.  Please make a note of your induction session as follows:

To be confirmed – please check back later

Advice about arriving, living, and working in the UK