Travelling to the UK

Make your journey to the UK as smooth as possible

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Planning ahead

You will need to buy your airline tickets well in advance and make sure you have travel insurance. As many international flights arrive in London - about four hours from Exeter - you will also need to plan your train or coach journey in advance.

Arriving at INTO University of Exeter

All students should plan to arrive two days prior to their programme start date.  Please ensure you arrive on time. We strongly recommend that you arrive over the weekend before your orientation programme begins. This will allow us to give you the warmest of welcomes, and give you time to move into your accommodation.

It is important to fill out an Arrivals Details form so that we know when you will arrive. Please check your welcome information on arrival which gives details on where to go on the first day of your course.

Travelling to your Homestay

It is important that you contact your hosts to introduce yourself and to let them know when you will arrive in Exeter.

Arriving at University Accommodation

You must arrive on either the Saturday or Sunday before your course starts. If you arrive earlier, you will need to make your own accommodation arrangements.

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Download our pre-departure app

Make sure you download our pre-departure app which contains essential information such as emergency phone numbers, local weather, travel information and more.

Available for Apple iOS and Android

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How much should I pack?

When you are coming to the UK for a year or more, it is hard to decide what to pack. You will want to bring everything, 'just in case', but remember, you will have to carry your luggage sometimes, so pack only as much as you can carry!

Remember too that excess luggage charges can be very high. Most airlines allow 20-23 kg of checked luggage and there are strict size and weight restrictions now on all hand luggage. Please check with your airline for up-to-date instructions before you fly. If you have booked a taxi transfer, the driver will have limited space for luggage.

What should I carry in my hand luggage?

  • Your Pre-departure Guide!
  • Valid passport (or national identity card if from the EU)
  • All correspondence from the Admissions Office, including your accommodation allocation (if required)
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter if appropriate
  • Enough money for the first month
  • Health certificates, including vaccination records, plus x-ray reports if necessary
  • Any insurance documents
  • Any valuable items
  • Do not bring any sharp objects, such as scissors or a penknife, or liquids or gels as these will be confiscated by airport security

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Which airport should I choose?

If you are arriving by air we recommend that, where possible, you fly to Exeter International Airport via Amsterdam or Paris.

Exeter International Airport 

The easiest way to reach the University campus from Exeter International Airport is by local taxi. The trip takes about 20 minutes.

Arriving at other airports in the UK

If your flight arrives at Bristol International Airport or one of London’s airports, we suggest that you book an INTO airport pickup.

Bristol International Airport : approximately 100km from Exeter.

London Heathrow Airport : approximately 225km from Exeter.

London Gatwick Airport : approximately 233km from Exeter.


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Meeting immigration staff

When you arrive at a UK airport, you should be prepared to answer some questions about yourself, including where you will be staying and what you intend to do during your time in the UK.

You will need to have with you all relevant original documentation or certified copies including your:

  • INTO University of Exeter offer letter
  • INTO University of Exeter CAS statement - if required
  • IELTS certificate or original English Language test result
  • any other original documents/transcripts listed in your INTO University of Exeter visa letter, for example your high school certificate or home university certificates. You will need these to fully register and enrol on your course, and to make a visa extension in the UK
  • passport
  • bank statements (for the last three months and stamped by the bank) as evidence of sufficient funds to show the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in the UK

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Medical test

Some arriving students may be asked to undergo a brief, routine health check by the airport doctor, which might include an x-ray. The health check will take place in a separate room. Afterwards, you will need to return to Immigration Control.

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Travelling to your accommodation

We can arrange for a taxi to meet you upon arrival at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation. As you pass through immigration into the arrivals hall, you will see your taxi driver waiting for you holding an INTO sign with your name on it.

To book a taxi transfer, please complete the arrival details form at least seven days before you arrive.

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