du kommer til London
page has useful information to help you plan your trip and arrive safely and conveniently
at your accommodation.
It covers immigration,
and what to wear.
don't forget to read our advice on your first day at
school and living in London
sure that your passport is valid and that you have a visa (if you need one) prior
to your travel date. It is best to have a passport that is valid for the entire
duration of your stay in London in order to avoid having to renew your passport
at the embassy in London. If you are not sure whether you need a visa please check
with your local British Embassy or view http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/.
officers will try to check that you are a serious student and they may look carefully
at all your documentation. In particular they will want to ensure that you have
sufficient money to support yourself during your stay here and that you will not
need to work.
need to show your documentation from the school and information about your accommodation
in London. Nationals from certain countries will require entry clearance prior
to travelling to the UK, and you can check on your country’s status as well as
the procedure to obtain entry clearance at: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/.
If your visa
finishes before the end of your course, you must renew it with the Home Office
one month before it finishes. You will need a letter from the school proving that
you are a student here together with details of your address in London and proof
that your fees have been paid. Please note that the letter will also include a
summary of your attendance and the Home Office will not accept attendance of less
than 80%. Please speak to anyone in the Office for help and advice with this.
from the European Community need not register with the police, but all other students
– if you are staying in the UK for more than six months – must register with Borough
Police Station this can be found at: Ground floor, Brandon House 180 Borough High
St London SE1 1LH
Tel: 020 7230 1208 Nearest Underground Station Borough (Northern
is a good idea to register with your embassy in London in case you lose your passport
or have an accident. We have all the embassy addresses in the school so please
ask anyone in the Office for this.
is a good idea to bring some money in Sterling Travellers' Cheques as well as
some cash for the first few days. It is possible to change money at banks and
bureaux de changes in London. It is also helpful if you ask your bank for their
correspondent bank in London in case you need this information.
recommend that, if you are in half board accommodation arranged by the school,
you provide sufficient money to cover the following:
travel card: £20 - 28 per week
Lunch, drinks and snacks: £3 - 4 per day
Full day excursion: £25 - 30
you are staying in our studio accommodation and will be cooking your own meals,
you should consider the following costs:
Travel Card: £20 - 28 per week
Food for one week (for items purchased at a
local supermarket): £25 - 30 per week
1 Full day excursion: £25 - 30
Banks are usually
open from 09.30 to 16.30 from Monday to Friday and many banks offer a Saturday
are here for six months or more and would like to open a bank account, please
ask anyone in the office for a letter from the school proving evidence that you
are studying here. To receive a letter you will be required to provide evidence
of your address in London (for example a tenancy agreement or contract) and your
home country address. Many banks are reluctant to open accounts for students who
are here for less than one year and these are very strict requirements. Please
visit the office at school and we will recommend a bank that is likely to open
an account for you. It is often very helpful to contact your bank in your country
and ask them if they have a branch in London that will open an account for you.
If you have a credit card
or bankcard from your country that has a ‘Cirrus’ or ‘Maestro’ symbol, you will
be able to withdraw money from cash points in London from your home account. You
should check with your bank or credit card company to find out if you will be
charged for this service. Most banks will add a surcharge to your transaction
if you use the cash point in a foreign country.
de Change services are available all over London but please check the rate of
exchange and the commission charged in advance as these vary considerably. There
is a Bureau de Change at the Hampstead Safe Deposit a few doors away from the
school. Some local post offices also offer a Bureau de Change and are commission-free,
though their rates may vary from bank rates. The office staff will be happy to
direct you to post offices that offer this service.
note that you can pay school fees by traveller’s cheques if you do not wish to
exchange large amounts of money when you arrive. Remember that you are in a big
city and should not carry a lot of cash with you.
strongly advise all students to take insurance that covers them for medical attention,
loss or theft of property, course cancellation and travel expenses. Fees are not
refundable and medical attention can be costly.
is a students' scheme with rates below, and if you would like to take out this
insurance, please ask a member of the office staff.
2 weeks - £12
3 weeks - £18
4 weeks - £20
5 weeks - £25
weeks - £30
2 months - £30
3 months - £45
4 months - £55
7 months - £90
8 months - £100
9 - 12 months - £115
Medical and other
Personal liability £1,000,000
Personal Injury £30,000
of fees £5,000
Personal Possessions £800
Personal money £50
tickets, travel documents replacement £200
should ensure that anything you bring into the UK, such as travel irons, hairdryers,
heated rollers, electric shavers etc can be used on standard British voltage,
which is 220-240v.
that you purchase an electrical adapter before you travel, so that you can use
your equipment as soon as you arrive. However, you can also purchase an electrical
adapter whilst in London at Dixons, Woolworths, and some local supermarkets like
Sainsburys or Tesco.
is arguably the most exciting city in the Western Hemisphere, the weather is known
to be changeable and to have 2 or 3 "seasons" in one day is quite normal! We recommend
that you bring an umbrella (folding), jacket and sweater for most days. Everyone
does a lot of walking in London so comfortable shoes are highly recommended. That
said, shopping in London is fun and varied and you will be able to find suitable
Summer - June to
range from 17 to 21 degrees Celsius but it can vary a great deal and we recommend
that you bring light clothing together with sweaters and a light jacket as well
as the usual t-shirts.
March to mid
June and September to early November: Average temperature range from 10 to 15
degrees Celsius but it can vary a great deal and we recommend that you bring sweaters
and a reasonably warm jacket.
- mid November to mid March:
temperatures range from 4 to 12 degrees Celsius and we recommend that you bring
sweaters and a warm coat and a scarf.