Arrivals information

Prepare for success

No matter the course you plan to study, we want you to feel prepared to begin your academic adventure with us. Before you join us, you’ll be able to access our virtual preparation course designed to help you to transition to the UK education system before starting your programme in September. Over ten sessions, we’ll be here to guide you through study structures which may be new to you by introducing you to academic skills which will help. We'll also cover the relevant English language skills as well as an introduction to the culture. Combined, you will have the skills to discover your learning outcomes and get a head start on your international education.

Once you confirm your place on your chosen programme by paying your confirmation and the first £6000 of your tuition fees, you can access our virtual preparation course. Covering helpful topics such as study skills, English language and an introduction to culture, you will benefit from:

  • Guidance and support before starting your programme
  • A friendly student community and a chance to meet friends from all over the world
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey
  • Building your confidence in a new academic setting
  • A safe space to practice your English amongst classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials

Starting in September?

  • Term starts on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

Starting in January?

  • Term starts on Monday 4th January 2021.


You will need your passport, visa (if required), air tickets, enrolment and accommodation documents from Bellerbys College with you as you go through immigration. You must know where you are going and where you are staying in the UK. You willl also need to know what course you are studying and how long you will be at Bellerbys College.

If your visa is stamped with "Register with UK police on arrival", you will complete this soon after arrival at the College. Staff at Bellerbys will direct you to the appropriate police station. They can tell you which documents you need to take with you.

Make sure you prepare yourself for an immigration interview when you land. This will be with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) staff. You must be able to answer some questions in English. You must be able to have a basic conversation without an interpreter. Failure to do so may result in you not being able to enter the UK.

The UK border control can be busy, so you might need to wait in a queue. After collecting your luggage and customs, you'll reach the Arrivals Hall. If you've pre-booked a taxi, your driver will be waiting for you.

If you have any problems, contact your College duty officer on the emergency numbers above.

Top tip

Make sure you have original, paper copies of all your documents, not digital format on smart phones, tablets or other electronic devices. Keep them in your hand luggage in case you need to show them at UK border control.

Nearest international airport to your college

  • Bellerbys Brighton: London Gatwick Airport or London Heathrow Airport.
  • Bellerbys London: London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport or London Heathrow Airport.

Pre-booked taxi transfers at your arrival airport

If your flight arrives into London Heathrow and you have asked for a taxi transfer you will need make your way to the We Know London (WKL) kiosk. The location of the WKL kiosks by terminal can be found below. If you are arriving into Gatwick or Stansted Airport and have asked for a taxi transfer, your taxi driver will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall.

Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please do not pay the taxi driver, your fare will be added to your account.

  • Journey time to Brighton from Gatwick Airport is 35 minutes. From Heathrow Airport it's one hour 20 minutes.
  • Journey time to London from Gatwick Airport is one hour 15 minutes. From Heathrow Airport it’s one hour 20 minutes and City Airport it’s just over 30 minutes.

Do not go with a taxi driver who approaches you but does not know where you are going, does not have a Bellerbys College sign, or asks for money.

What if my plans change?

If you have booked a taxi transfer, but your arrival date changes, or you decide to arrange your own taxi transfer, let us know as soon as possible.

Making your own way

By train: If you decide not to take a transfer arranged by Bellerbys College, please make sure you have informed us of your date and time of arrival.

Registering with the police

Other Brighton London
Police registration (if required) £34 £34

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Join us online

Benefit from up to 100 hours of online teaching with us before you start your programme. Confirm your place with us today to access the virtual preparation programme.

Emergency contact numbers

Brighton: +44 (0) 7774 272 599

London: +44 (0) 7557 770 967

Arrival information

Read our arrival guides to find out what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and what it is like to live and study in the UK:

Arnav from India

Bellerbys student discussing the college
“Even though it might be scary at first – because you might be leaving your home and your friends and whoever you have been staying with for so long – it’s a great experience because you get to see a part of the world, a different perspective on life, and a much broader, open-minded view on things that you wouldn’t have been able to see before.”

Arnav from India - Studied Business, Finance and Management Foundation and achieved 82%, now studying Economics and Finance at the University of Manchester

Your life at Bellerbys

Bellerbys Brighton GCSE students ice skating in front of the Brighton Pavilion

Life at Bellerbys is about much more than the chance to get a great education. You will get immersed in College life, as well as life in the city that will be your home during your studies. We know that to do well in your assessments you need to be happy in every aspect of your life.

Student care

Bellerbys students in the classroom at the College

The caring and supportive learning environment at Bellerbys will help you develop essential life skills. So you can become a successful global citizen. Every year we see our students grow in confidence and gain outstanding academic results. You'll make international friendships that will last a lifetime.

We’re opening – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about how you can start your course.