Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for enquirers and applicants

If you're thinking of applying to London Met, you may have some questions about how applying for a degree with us has been impacted by the current situation. Here we aim to answer those questions and reassure you that we will do everything we can to ensure the pandemic doesn't get in the way of your learning experience.

Our latest guidance

On 19 July, all restrictions were lifted in England however the Government advises everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what you should do to protect yourself and others.

You can read all the safety measures in place at the University on our Keeping You Safe page. 

We are planning a full return to campus for in person teaching at the start of the next academic year in September 2021. We are also planning for a hybrid model of in person and online teaching in case Government guidance changes.

Anyone coming on to campus must be able to show proof of a negative Covid test from within the last three days. Tests are available for free at both our Aldgate and Holloway campus test centres, or you can order free tests from the NHS to take at home. At-home tests are also available to collect from our onsite testing centres. If you take a test at home you should register the result with the NHS (on their website or app) so you can show the emailed result to staff when you arrive to campus. Please see further information about this here.

International travel to the UK – If you are planning to travel to the UK for September, there are rules you must follow before, during and after your arrival in the UK. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.  

According to the UK government, countries are rated as red, amber or green for Covid-19. Please see the full list and rules for entering England here. 

You must keep checking the government guidance and be prepared for any changes to your plans to ensure you comply with the current guidance. Always check the rules before you travel.

If you are coming from a country on the Red list: 

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England you must:

If you are coming from a country on the Amber list:

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Read about quarantine and taking COVID-19 tests.

If you are coming from a country on the Green list:

Before you travel to England you must:

You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.

You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. We will continue to record teaching sessions where we can, so you can access them from home if necessary. Please check with your School Office whether these will be offered for your classes. In this situation, we will also work to ensure that those students who are isolating or aren’t comfortable coming on to campus have access to our teaching materials and support online.

Our courses are open and accepting applications. You can apply through UCAS or, alternatively, you can apply directly through our website.

We are committed to making decisions on your application in a timely manner. Our Admissions team is working remotely, ensuring that we support all our applicants and provide response within 10 working days.

If you have missed examinations due to school closures please let us know by emailing applicationupdate@londonmet.ac.uk and we will be able to provide individual guidance.

We will now be accepting the following online English language qualifications in addition to other English qualifications advertised:

Qualification                          

Required grade

TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition       

72 overall (minimum 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking, 17 in writing)

IELTS indicator

  • 0 overall, 5.5 in each band


We are also offering an
online pre-sessional English programme for students who do not meet these requirements.

If you wish to discuss your application, please do not hesitate to contact international@londonmet.ac.uk

We are pleased to announce that we will offer support to all our students who need to self-isolate upon arrival to London, from any country around the world. For more information, please do contact our International Recruitment Team on international@londonmet.ac.uk.

Find out if your country is on the red or amber list – note that this may change following the regular government reviews. 

We offer a range of international scholarships depend on your level of study and where you are from. 

You can save 3% on your course fees by paying early.

Once you have met your conditions listed on your offer letter and paid your deposit, you will be issued an unconditional offer and the CAS Processing Team will contact you to start the CAS process. Please visit our Student Visa page for more information. 

If attending a creditability interview is listed on your offer letter, please be advised that you need to accept your conditional offer first and we will contact you to arrange an interview before you reach the CAS stage.

If you have any questions about the Graduate Immigration Route, please contact our International Advice Team at adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk.

London Metropolitan University does not own or manage any halls of residence or accommodation. All halls and accommodation featured on this site are privately owned, therefore applications must be submitted directly to the hall provider.

If you have any questions, please email the Student Money and Accommodation Advice team if you have any specific queries: smaa@londonmet.ac.uk.

I want to start a course at the University – when should I apply?

If you're still yet to apply to us, please continue to apply as normal and be reassured that we’re working hard to make sure that everyone who wants to study with us is able to do so. We're doing everything in our power to make this process as seamless for you as possible.

Will the admissions and enquiries office still be reachable?

Our enquiries and admissions teams are still contactable online. Feel free to send a message with your enquiry and someone will get back to you.

If you are an international student, you can also contact our International Recruitment Team at international@londonmet.ac.uk

Do you have any open days coming up?

As a practical move to safeguard visitors, students and staff, we have currently suspended our events and open days – instead we're offering these events online. 

What virtual events can I attend?

We have virtual events scheduled for anyone interested in studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course with us who wants to speak to lecturers, students or support staff. Take a look at our undergraduate open days and postgraduate open days to find out more. You can also chat to a London Met student about student life, their courses, studying in London and more.

Do you have a virtual tour so I can see your facilities online?

Yes – you can take a tour of both of our campuses online.

I need to attend a portfolio interview as part of my applications - how will this work?

All portfolios for our art, architecture and design courses can now be submitted digitally. You may also be asked to join a remote interview.

What if I don't have a digital portfolio?

If you don't have a digital portfolio, don't worry, it’s ok to photograph your hard copy and upload that instead.

How will the coronavirus outbreak affect my application for student funding?

You can and should still apply for your student funding as normal, but please bear in mind it may take a little longer than usual for Student Finance Services to process the application. For Student Loans Company guidance and answers to common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak, please see the government's guidance for prospective students.

What will my learning experience be like? Will I be studying online or on campus?

Find out all about our plans for teaching for the upcoming academic year.

Keep in touch

We will reach out to all of our students on Student visas during the academic year to provide information and support as well as request some information. Please continue to engage with our contact so we can ensure you have the best advice, guidance and support at this time.

Attendance

Student visa students are expected to attend their lessons regularly. Even with online teaching, students are still expected to engage with their courses and "attend" virtual lessons/seminars and submit coursework. Students will be monitored for engagement with online teaching regularly so please make sure you log in and take part in your classes, submit coursework and complete your assessments on time. 

If you are taking part in a work placement that has been cancelled or changed, please ensure you inform your placement officer and email Visa Compliance: visa.compliance@londonmet.ac.uk.

International student support

The international support team will continue to offer you support, guidance and advice remotely. As usual, we will respond to your emails and if you need to speak to an adviser, we will be able to offer you online or telephone appointments. 

Travel to and from the UK

You may have chosen to return home during the 2020/21 academic year and will have kept up with your studies online. 

We are now preparing to return to campus, following government guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety for the 2021/22 academic year.

UKVI will expect students on Student or Tier 4 visas to return to the UK to continue their courses for the next academic year. This guidance may change if circumstances change in the UK so please contact us if you are not sure what to do.

In the meantime, continue to follow your course and module leaders' instructions as normal. We will contact you if we are informed that you are not engaging in online study as this will have an impact on your visa.

If you cannot study from home and need to take a break, the below applies:

  • Before you leave the UK, please ensure you email the International Student Advice Service (adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk) to let us know that this is something you want to do. We will request further information from you and seek approval from your course leader before authorising your absence. 
  • If you have already left the UK, please contact the International Student Advice Service immediately by emailing International Student Advice (adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk) and respond to any information requests as quickly as possible.

If you are staying in the UK and want to go on holiday or take a short break when you do not have online classes, you must check the most up-to-date travel advice available on the Gov.UK website. Please ensure you keep up to date with travel information and government advice to ensure you keep yourself and others safe. 

The situation around COVID-19, government advice and travel information is changing regularly. If the above information changes, we will update you accordingly.

Returning to the UK – travel advice

From 17 May 2021 the UK Government introduced a traffic light system of red, amber and green for all countries and individual islands. From this date the travel ban on none-essential travel is lifted.

The guidance can change at short notice, please read and familiarise yourself with the Government rules before you book your travel to the UK.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated. Check the ‘Red, Amber and Green List' of countries

What you need to do before travelling from a ‘Red List’ Country?

You cannot travel to England if you have been in a country in the ‘Red List’ unless you are: British national, Irish National, or someone with resident rights such as students. 

What you need to do on arrival to the UK after travelling from a ‘Red List’ Country?

  • Quarantine in a managed hotel and take a Covid-19 test on day two and eight of your quarantine

What you need to do before travelling from an ‘Amber List’ Country?

What to do after arrival to the UK from an ‘Amber List’ Country?

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • Take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight

What you need to do before travelling from a ‘Green List’ Country?

What to do after arrival to the UK from a ‘Green List Country?

  • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two after you arrive
  • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive
  • You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

What happen if I test positive during my quarantine? 

If you receive a positive result from your day two or eight test, you must quarantine for ten days beginning the day after the test was taken. Everyone living in the same accommodation with you, will also need to quarantine. If you are completing your quarantine in a government-approved facility, you will be required to pay the additional rate to complete your quarantine period.

What is the test to release scheme?

If you arrive in England from somewhere outside the travel common area (UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine. You still need to arrange and pay the travel test package on day two and eight. The test to release scheme can only be used by travellers who have travelled from non-red list countries and after receiving a day two negative result.

Will the University cover the extra cost incurred for international students who have to extend their visas as they can neither work nor fly home?

If your visa is due to expire soon, you will have received an email from our International Support and Compliance team reminding you of this. Please get in touch with the team and they will provide you with advice according to your specific circumstances. UKVI concessions for visa expiry are in place so if your visa is due to expire and you are unable to return home due to restrictions, please contact the team to ask for more information and advice.

While in the UK on a valid Student visa, your work permissions haven't changed. You will still be able to work 20 hours per week during term time and full time during holidays, such as the upcoming summer break. Other visa holders may have different permissions. 

We appreciate that it may be difficult to find work at the moment and we would encourage you to reach out to our International Student Adviser if you need further advice.

Health care

As a student with a valid Student visa you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge when you applied for your visa. This gives you access to NHS services during your stay in the UK.  This doesn't change during the Coronavirus pandemic, and if you need to access healthcare, you should contact your GP surgery by phone or visit their website to see how they can help you. If you haven't registered with a GP yet, please visit our webpages for more information or contact the International Student Advice Service: adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk. 

If you are unwell, please refer to the latest advice from Public Health England. If you do need to self-isolate or are ill, please notify your module leader to let them know about your condition. Please also contact Visa Compliance (visa.compliance@londonmet.ac.uk) to let us know so we are aware that you will not be able to engage with online study while you recover.

Contacts

International Student Advice Service: adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk
Visa Compliance: visa.compliance@londonmet.ac.uk 

Need more help? 

If you have any questions which aren’t covered on this page, please email our International Recruitment Team at international@londonmet.ac.uk who will be able to provide you with personalised support.