Top Tips for International Students

Here's how to get settled as an International student.

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If you’re joining our Essex family as an international student, don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. At Essex, you’ll find the world in one place. Different people, different places, all together.  

Before you arrange to travel, please check the UK Government website for the latest information and restrictions on entering the UK and living in England. 

It’s important you keep checking for updates before you travel to find out what you must do before you travel and upon arrival

Don't worry - we're all here to help. The University will run an airport transfer service and share immigration information to make sure your arrival to the UK and our campuses goes smoothly.  

Our tips 

  • Join our community. You can join our International Students Network and mailing list for free to stay up to date with exciting events, mixers and meet people who can help you.  

  • Connect with your VP International. Find out more about Marcus, your VP International, who is on our SU leadership team to ensure that international students are represented and have the best time at University. Contact him if you have questions, need help or just want to say hi, by emailing 

  • Open a UK bank account. This will make it easier to manage your finances in the UK, enable you to get paid if you want to work while studying, and provide financial evidence for your visa application.  

  • Get insured. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. It’s worth looking into getting an insurance policy before you travel to get financial protection in case anything doesn’t go to plan.  

  • Have a UK sim card. Having a UK sim card will help you avoid charges for using your phone for calls, texts and data while you’re here. Research the best sim card deals before you get here so you’re ready to switch when you arrive and save yourself the potential cost of using your usual sim card.  

  • Be part of something. We offer a wide range of societies that you can join, there might even be one with students from the same country as you or the same religion

  • Show up. From sports, to our student media, to volunteering opportunities, to our events, showing up is the best way to meet people and settle in. We hope you meet forever friends and make incredible memories.  

  • Ask for help. SU Advice can give you free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on lots of issues. More than ever we are here for you, to give you the advice and support you might need. Whether you're worried about a specific issue or just fancy a chat, please reach out to SU Advice online or by dropping in on Square 3. 


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