This article has our key guidance for students travelling to the UK from overseas throughout the 2020-21 academic year and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Before arriving in the UK
You must provide details of your journey and your contact details 48 hours before you arrive in the UK by filling in a form. When you arrive in the UK, you will need to show a printed or an electronic copy of this form to officials. If possible, try to have both a printed and electronic copy of this form.
We also recommend referring to the UK government advice and regulations about Entering the UK
On arrival in the UK
Travelling safely once you've arrived
The UK government has published guidance on how to travel to the place where you are self-isolating. It advises that when you arrive in the UK, you should go straight to the place you're staying and avoid public transport unless you have no other option.
If you do have to use public transport then unless exempt, you’ll need to wear a face covering. If possible, try and keep a 2 metre distance from other people when travelling. You might also be required to wear a face covering if you book a private taxi, who will usually advise you of this in advance.
The majority of public transport services will be operating a contactless way to pay for travel (paying for transport using a debit card only).
Once you have arrived and are settled, please regular check the latest national guidance.
Useful links about public transport in the UK & London:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) safer travel guidance for passengers
- Transport for London (TFL) guidance on face coverings
- TFL's guidance on contactless and mobile payments
- TFL's guidance on cash free buses
Do I need to self-isolate?
In line with the latest UK Government guidance, if your home country is not currently listed under the Exempt countries and territories list, you must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK. Please review the list above frequently, and the UK Government COVID-19 pages in the first instance, because guidance is subject to change at short notice in line with the latest developments.
The reason self-isolation is 14 days is because it can take this long for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. By self-isolating in your halls of residence or privately rented accommodation, you will help to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to other people, especially those who are particularly vulnerable.
When you need to self-isolate, whether on arrival or at another time, please refer to official UK government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to England.
If you're moving into a King's Residence
If you’re living in King's Residences, you'll be provided with the appropriate support such as assistance with food provision and deliveries brought to flats. There'll also be Welfare support and Community facilitators available online to assist you.
Key resources for you to keep up to date on news and guidance and find out more:
If you're moving into private accommodation
If you’ll be living in private accommodation for the upcoming semester, please ensure you are familiar with the UK Government guidance for self-isolation to ensure you follow all the rules.
Key information and guidance for living in the private sector:
Setting up banking in the UK
To make your online shopping and any other transactions as easy as possible, consider opening a bank account in the UK. For helpful advice on this, read our article Opening a UK bank account as an international student.
We also recommend thinking about how you’ll manage your money during your studies here in the UK – check our tips and guidance in Top tips on managing your money during your studies.
Visa responsibilities & support
If you’re arriving on a visa, please make sure you have carefully read any guidance you have sent by email as part of the enrolment process. We recommend regularly checking your KCL email account for updates and important information.
In particular, please refer to the guidance in these articles:
We also recommend checking our Immigration & visa advice in the first instance, for key information and guidance about studying as an international student at King’s.
If you have any further queries or concerns, you can contact the Visa & International Advice team for support.
Preparing to arrive or return to campus after self-isolation
Following your isolation period, please refer to our guidance about coming to campus: