General information about inviting friends and/or family to visit you in the UK

Find out more about inviting your friends and family for a short visit to the UK from

Friends family visiting sample invitation letterClick on the link above for the sample invitation letter. You can use this letter as a template in order to draft your own letter when inviting your friends/family for a short holiday or to attend your graduation ceremony. To find out about getting tickets for your family to attend graduation, see the information on the University Graduation website.

The University does not issue invitation letters. However you can request a Student Statement from Academic Registry confirming you are a student at the University which you can post (hard copy/original) to your friends and family for their visa application.



If your friend or family are coming for less than 6 months and need to apply for a visa, they should apply to enter the UK as a General Visitor.

Find out how to apply and what documents they need from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website. There is a detailed checklist of documents required from the UKVI website.

To find a UK Embassy overseas, please see the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

If you want your family members to stay with you during the course of your study, they may be able to apply to come to the UK as your Dependants. Further details can be found from our website.

Visitors who are EEA (European Economic Area) nationals do not require leave to enter the UK, so no visa restrictions apply. You can find out which country is in the EEA by visiting the UKCISA website.