Arrivals information

Arrivals information

Travelling to a new country can be a little overwhelming. To make it easier for you, we’ve outlined the process below. This should help you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.

  • For students starting in September, term starts on Wednesday 12th September 2018. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 8:30 am at the College.
  • For students starting in January, term starts on Monday 7th January 2019. Please arrive on time to start your induction at 8:30 am at the College.

When you land

You’ll get a landing card. Fill this in before you arrive at border control. If you're from outside the European Union (EU), when you reach border control, enter through the Non-EU entrance.


You’ll 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'll 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'll 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 Cambridge: London Heathrow Airport or London Stansted.
  • 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 don’t pay the taxi driver, your fare will be added to your account. Bellerbys representatives will also be at the airport at peak arrival times to answer any queries and help you find your taxi driver.

  • Journey time to Brighton from Gatwick Airport is 35 minutes. From Heathrow Airport it’s just over an hour.
  • Journey time to Cambridge from Stansted Airport is one hour. From Heathrow Airport it’s one hour and 40 minutes.
  • Journey time to London from Gatwick Airport is one hour 15 minutes. From Heathrow Airport it’s one hour 30 minutes and City Airport it’s just over 30 minutes.

If you can’t find the representative, go to the Airport Information Desk. Ask to make an announcement, giving your name and ‘Bellerbys College’.

Stay at the Information Desk so that the representative can find you. If the representative doesn't arrive after 10 minutes, don’t panic. You can telephone the emergency telephone number at the top of this page.

Don't go with a taxi driver who approaches you but doesn't know where you are going, doesn't 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.

Emergency contact numbers

Brighton: +44 (0) 7774 272 599

Cambridge: +44 (0) 7768 592 695

London: +44 (0) 7557 770 967

Arrival information

Read our arrival guide to find out what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and what it’s like to live and study in the UK.

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. We'll help you get immersed in college life and 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.

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

Lifestyle and accommodation

Student bedroom in Bellerbys accommodation Voyager House

You'll live in safe, secure and modern accommodation during your time at Bellerbys. We understand how important it is for you to feel settled and happy while you're living away from home. In Bellerbys' accommodation it's easy to make friends so you can explore your new surroundings together.

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.