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Planning and Preparing for arrival in the UK

Planning to live in a new country involves many different challenges - please read the following information before making your travel arrangements and this will help you to break it down into manageable tasks.


Planning your arrival 

When you received your Offer Letter you can start to plan for your arrival. There is a lot to think about but if you break it down into separate tasks, it will be more manageable. The main things to prioritise are your Visa, your accommodation and your travel arrangements.


When should you aim to arrive?

Please check the start date for your course and make sure you arrive in time for the start of your degree - there may be an Induction period before teaching starts. You should add on the quarantine period if this is a requirement for travellers from your country. 

You may like to arrive earlier than your course start date, for example, if you want to do some travelling. Please be aware that you cannot move into Halls any earlier than the contract start date, so you need to find your own accommodation if you arrive early. If you are not going to live in Halls of Residence, you can arrive any time before your course start date but please let the International Hub know when you are planning to travel and when you have arrived in the country –  


Your Visa 

Please see our Visa and Immigration pages for advice on the type of Visa you need and how to apply for it. 

Please note that if you are entering the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa, you must purchase a Comprehensive Health Insurance policy before you travel. You are only entitled to basic primary health care from the NHS on this type of Visa. 


Your Accommodation 

You can find further information on our Accommodation pages: 

 There are two options for student accommodation in Liverpool: 

  • Live in Halls of Residence on one of our campuses: you are welcome to apply for a room in Halls. We accommodate students at every level of study. To apply, complete the on-line application at - you can apply before you have met all the conditions of your course. A deposit is payable when you accept your room offer – this can be refunded if you give notice of your inability to take up the course offer

  • Live in private accommodation in the community or city centre: to search for private accommodation, we only recommend the university-sponsored agency, Liverpool Student Homes 


Travel Arrangements 

Please note that you should purchase travel insurance before you leave your home country – you are at risk if you do not have a travel insurance policy. 

You can travel to Liverpool via the following routes: 

  • flight to Liverpool John Lennon Airport
  • flight to Manchester International Airport followed by train or taxi to Liverpool (one hour)
  • flight to any London airport followed by:
  • air shuttle to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, or
  • train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street station (two hours), or
  • National Express bus to Liverpool 1 Bus Depot (six hours)
  • then local bus or taxi to your accommodation
  • please bear in mind that the journey across London from the airport to Euston train station is expensive and very difficult with luggage, especially in the rush hour. If possible fly to Manchester International Airport 

Please note that face masks are compulsory on all forms of public transport in the UK. For advice about travel options for getting from the Airport to your accommodation, please contact


Further travel advice

IMPORTANT: Please see the official Government advice for travellers to the UK at 

For the latest COVID-19 rules for travel, please see 


Registration Process

When you receive your Visa, the University will send you the Registration Letter with the login details for MyHope. 

In MyHope you will see a number of blue boxes linking you to a variety of services - the one you will use to register is SRM (Student Records Management). Here you will find the Registration and Fee Task - please click on the link in the virtual inbox to complete the registration process.

Further information is available at:

Undergraduate student pre-arrival tasks

Postgraduate student pre-arrival tasks

PGCE/PGDE students pre-arrival tasks

Study Abroad and Exchange students pre-arrival tasks

In SRM you will find a task for uploading a photo for your ID card – please remember to do this before you travel or there will be a delay in you receiving your ID card on arrival. 


Other things you may need to know before you travel 

What to bring with you - you will need items for self-catering, plus bedding and towels, but please do not worry about transporting everything.  You can easily purchase these items locally and we can help you to find the shops after you arrive.

Living Costs - the cost of living in the UK often seems higher than you have experienced at home. A lot depends on your lifestyle and how often you eat out, or spend on entertainment, such a theatre or cinema tickets, but the good news is that all our Museums and many of our Galleries are free in Liverpool. The City Centre has many heritage sights and tourist areas, which are also free, as are the parks and green spaces.

Typical prices of everyday items are (there is 100 pence (p) in £1 Sterling): 





£25 - £35

Kitchen equipment

Pans - £15

Cutlery - £5

Crockery - £5

Utensils - £5


Travel from airport to University

Train and Bus - £17.00

Train and taxi - £25

Pre-arranged Airport Transfer - £55

Taxi Picked up at Airport - £80+


Bus fares to University

£1.90 per journey x 10 journeys per week = £19


Bus fare to city centre for leisure

£1.90 per journey x 4 journeys per week = £7.60

Mobile phone contract with internet access

£35 - £60 per month

Food for self-catering, based on one meal a day Mon- Fri and weekends

£80 per month


Average typical costs per single item

Loaf of bread - £1.20

Litre of milk - £0.85

Kilo of basmati rice - £2

One portion of chicken breast - £1.50

Small pizza - £2

Single burger -£1.00

Vegetables/salad - £0.50 per portion

Can of Coca Cola/lemonade - £0.75

Shampoo/shower gel - £1.50

Cleaning products for kitchen - £1.50


Eating out or takeaway meals

Medium pizza in restaurant - £8 - £12

Small delivered pizza - £8

Burger meal in restaurant – ££8 - £12

McDonalds burger meal - £5.50

Indian meal in restaurant - £15

Indian takeaway meal - £6

Fish and chips - £5


Cinema ticket

£7 - £12


Theatre/Music  ticket

£12 - £80 depending on theatre and what is on offer



Return train to London in 2 hours - £35 - £80


Return train to Edinburgh or Glasgow (Scotland) - £110


Flight to Dublin - £35 - £60


Flight to Europe - £50 - £250


Clothes based on lowest prices e.g Primark

Warm coat - £25

Hoody - £15

Leggings - £15

Boots - £12

Trainers - £20

Jeans - £15


Books and course materials

£10 - £50 per semester


Field trips

Each trip on average – depends on venue but typically £5 - £10 per trip (some may be included in course fee)



£100 - £350



Consultation - £45

Hygienist - £35

Fillings - £80 - £120

X ray – from £10 each



Covered by NHS Surcharge in Student Route Visa

Each item prescribed by a Doctor - £9.35



See also:



We recommend that students have the Meningitis vaccination two weeks before coming to University. Further advice is available at our health information pages 


COVID-19 Requirements

Please see the information at our New Academic Year pages


Warm Clothing

You will need hoodies, jumpers, long trousers/jeans and a warm, padded coat from October to April. These items can be purchased locally if you don’t use them at home