Before you arrive checklist

We understand that there is so much to organise before you leave for the UK. Check out the useful information below to help you prepare.

  1. Book your accommodation with The College, Swansea University or find private accommodation in the city

    When you arrive in Swansea, you will want to settle in quickly to your new home. The best way to do this? Book your accommodation before you arrive in the UK. This means that when you get here, you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere in a hurry.

    May/June Enrolment - The College off-campus options.
    September Enrolment - Access to Swansea University Bay Campus accommodation.

    Use this online form to book accommodation with The College, Swansea University.

  2. Apply for you Visa

    It is imperative that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK and, as this is an important process, we have a lot of tips for you! To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, read our guide on Visas.

  3. Book your flight and Airport Transfers

    Once you have received your visa, the next step is to book your flights to the UK! Make sure you check what day your Orientation programme will be to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the great welcome activities organised by our fantastic student support team. You can also arrange for an airport pick-up to make sure you reach your destination with ease. Simply contact a member of staff to find out more.

    Use this online form to arrange an airport pickup.

  4. Make friends with other students

    Why wait until you arrive in Swansea to make friends with your new classmates? Visiting our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages is a great way to hear more about what is going on with our current students. It is also a fantastic place to make contacts with other students who will be new to The College, Swansea University. You could meet your future housemate or best-friend!

  5. Why not check the University Clubs and Societies you can join on Campus?

    To make the most of your time at University, get involved with the student activities on campus and enjoy the journey.

  6. Pack your things

    The climate in the UK is temperate - summers can be cool and warm and winters can be mild. Contrary to international assumptions, it is not usually raining in the UK! (Although British people do like talking about the weather).

    Average Temperatures

    SummerJune to August 12°C to 25°C
    AutumnSeptember to November 7°C to 14°C
    WinterDecember to February 0°C to 8°C
    SpringMarch to May 5°C to 15°C
  7. Student dress code is casual
    Most students wear jeans and trainers to lectures. Medium weight clothing such as sweatshirts are appropriate throughout the year. Warmer clothing and footwear is needed for winter, as is an umbrella.