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Travelling to UK
Accommodation
What to carry
Hand luggage
Check-in luggage
Laws in the UK
 

Accommodation
Arrange your accommodation before you leave. There are different kinds of accommodations available to students, for example rented flats and on-campus accommodation. It is highly recommended that you stay in an on-campus accommodation. It will help you to experience university life better and it will also help you to cope with your homesickness as you will be with other students in the same situation. An added benefit is that International Students are given priority to on-campus accommodation.
If you rent a flat, you will have higher expenses so it is a good idea to share with other students.If you do this, agree on how to split the bills and on the cleaning and cooking. You can cut down on your travel expenses by renting accommodation which is close to your university.
  • Consider these points when choosing your accommodation:
  • Public transport
  • Are there required shops and facilities nearby?
  • Room size
  • Space for privacy and quiet study
  • Distance from University

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What to carry
Make sure to keep your passport, travel documents and tickets in a safe place. Before travelling, take a separate photocopy of your passport with your personal details and immigration stamps visible.

Travelling to the UK during admissions students is advantageous as many airlines offer students a range of discounts, for example allowing students to carry some excess baggage for free.

Confirm with the airlines concerned what your restrictions are, as security at international airports is strict. Usually, you will have a free baggage allowance of 20-32kg for each luggage item. Make sure you have sufficient money for any charges. If travelling without your family, £200 is enough. This can either be in Travellers' Cheques or British Currency. Also, keep telephone numbers for your University.

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Hand luggage
Valid passport with your student visa
Air ticket
Offer letter from the university
All financial documentation you will require to submit to the university or immigration authorities
All original certificates and other important documents
Some warm clothing
Traveller's cheques and sufficient cash
A list of everything you are carrying in your checked-in baggage. If there is a delay in the arrival of your baggage or in case your baggage is lost, you will need to know exactly what you have packed in order to claim for it.
The name and number of a 24-hour contact at the university who you can call in case of an emergency
Detailed directions to your university or accommodations, even if you have a pre-arranged pick up service.

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Check-in luggage
Make an additional set of your certificates and important documents and keep it in your checked-in baggage. This will be useful if you lose your hand luggage.
Indian groceries and cooking utensils are readily available in the UK so you can use your baggage space for other necessities.
A few family photographs
An umbrella
Good walking shoes.
Warm clothing
National dress for Social Events

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Laws in the UK
You must not carry drugs with you of any kind (unless prescribed by a doctor), or use any illegal drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, LSD or amphetamines.
It is illegal to carry any sort of weapon including knives, self-defence CS gas sprays, guns or stun guns.
You must be 18 and over to buy tobacco and alcohol
You should never buy property that you think might be stolen.

In the unlikely event where you may need to report a crime, phone your local police station. Make sure you keep the necessary telephone numbers with you. If in an emergency where you need the police, ambulance or fire brigade, call 999, which is free of charge.

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