What to expect when you arrive in the UK

We are sure you are excited about starting your programme but understand you may also have questions about what you can expect when you arrive in the UK. We want to reassure you that you’ll benefit from highly engaging teaching and learning as everyone at the college supports you on your Bellerbys journey.

Supporting your wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. We have put a rigorous health and safety risk-assessment in place so you can be assured of a safe and inclusive campus environment. Find out more about starting your course


Highly engaging teaching and learning

Your programme will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online learning. Your teachers will be available to provide guidance every step of the way. You’ll experience:

  • Live sessions with your teacher
  • Pre-recorded lessons
  • Independent learning tasks 
  • One-to-one support 
  • Face-to-face teaching as much as possible.

A virtual learning environment, or VLE, is the web-based platform you’ll use to access a range of resources for your studies. It’s easy to use and you’ll find class recordings, discussions boards as well as your timetable, resources and assignments. 

To support your virtual learning, you will need:

  • Laptop or PC with good internet connectivity
  • Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera to join interactive discussions
  • Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments)

College life

You’ll make international friendships that will last a lifetime. From your very first day you’ll get to join welcome activities – some virtually – designed to help you settle in and get to know the College. Find out more about life at Bellerbys

Creating a safe environment

To help you feel confident to travel to the UK for your studies, we have adapted the College and introduced additional safety measures. These include:

  • The wearing of face coverings, where possible
  • Providing hand sanitisers in all our buildings
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • One-way systems and clear signage around the College
  • Smaller class sizes to ensure social distancing 
  • Reducing the number of students on campus at the same time by offering online classes where possible. 

Safety on campus

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.

Your journey to the UK

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Pre-arrival checklist

  1. Confirm your place
  2. Arrange your visa – find out more about visas
  3. Confirm your accommodation – find out more about accommodation options in Brighton and London.
  4. Book your flights
  5. Arrange insurance – find out about StudyCare Insurance Plus

What to pack

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.

'Bellerbys is my new home'

Some of our students share their experience of arriving at Bellerbys in this video. 

What happens at the airport?

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 will 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 detailed on this page.

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.

Emergency contact numbers

Brighton: +44 (0) 7774 272 599

London: +44 (0) 7557 770 967

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

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.