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Information for late arrivals

If you’re arriving close to, or after the start of term your arrival process may be a little different. The rest of our arrival information for new students will still be relevant to you, but please take note of all the information specific to your arrival detailed below.

International students

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you do need to start your visa application process now if you haven’t done so yet. Our International Admissions Team will issue your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) once you have completed all actions on your applicant record in myHub. Email the team for advice and further information at

We recommend you attend some of our international student induction events that give you essential information on living and studying in the UK. These activities include:

Student support

AskBU is here to help with any queries you have about student life – from finance, immigration and official documents to helping you decide which support service will best meet your needs and help you adjust to life at BU. You can contact the team before you arrive or visit them on either campus once you are here.

Getting here

Whether you are joining us this September or just planning a visit, please be aware we're based on two campuses – so make sure you've got the right one.

Visit our pages with directions and maps to both campuses and to get building addresses for your GPS.

What to bring

Your registration email will include details of what documents you will need to complete your online enrolment – it is worth bringing this documentation with you as you may need it later. We’ve also shared our suggestions of other things to think about as you pack and prepare to start your time at BU.

Course Induction and class timetable

Organised by your faculty, your course induction includes introductory lectures and workshops as well as informal opportunities to get to know your course mates and faculty staff. Your induction will continue throughout the first semester and your Programme Support Team will tell you more once you’re here. 

Your timetables will be available after you have registered online. Remember, you’ll need to plan personal study time and other commitments around these sessions. Before then, find out more about preparing for your course.


We recommend you bring enough money to cover your expenses for the first few weeks. You should expect to receive any financial support you've applied for (e.g. a loan, grant, bursary, scholarship or sponsorship) after you have enrolled on your course - as we need to confirm you have joined BU before any funding is released. In some cases this can take up to two weeks - bank transfers may also take up to a week to process if you are setting up a UK bank account for the first time. Read our finance section for more information.

What's on 

View our what’s on guide for details of what to expect at the start of term, events, activities, and things you can do to get involved in and meet new people. This year we have a variety of events taking place online as well as on campus, where possible, so whether you are in Bournemouth, studying from elsewhere or self-isolating there will be something for you to take part in.

It is worth joining our new arrivals Facebook group, if you have not already done so, to meet new students and keep up to date with the latest events and news.