We understand that you have so much to think about when preparing to leave home to move abroad (often for the first time) and this can cause you some anxiety. Don't worry! In this section you'll find everything you need to help yourself prepare as fully as possible for your new life in Swansea - before you leave home. Please make sure you also use our International Checklist to reassure you that you haven’t forgotten anything.

If you will be needing a Visa to study in the UK, our comprehensive Visas and Immigration information will help to guide and support you through that process.

If you are intending to bring your family with you, you should visit our International Families section, which contains a Guide for Families, as well as immigration for dependants and information about UK schooling and the application process around that.

In the UK Banking and Finances section you can find comprehensive information about UK finances, living costs and banking.

Thinking about finding part-time work whilst you are studying? Our Working during your studies section will tell you all you need to know to stay safe and legal.

In order to assist you with planning your onward journey once you have reached the UK, alongside understanding the various housing options available- and guidance on seeking and securing short and longer term accommodation, we have a UK Travel and Accommodation leaflet.

Finally, our International Information Guide is a comprehensive resource for international students coming to live and study in Wales. It includes detailed information about many aspects of Welsh life as well UK culture and more practical tips dealing with shopping, transport, health and support available to you- both inside and outside the University. Our students find this an invaluable go to resource once they get here but you might like to have a read of it to as part of your preparations. You could even print a copy to bring with you - why not read it on the 'plane?!

Information on travelling to the University and finding suitable accommodation

This Guide contains useful information to help you plan your journey from your Port of Entry (airport, major city etc) to Swansea and the University itself.

It also has very comprehensive information on looking for short, and longer term, accommodation plus additional concerns such as contracts, furnishings and finances.

The Guide can be used either  pre arrival or once you have arrived in the UK (or even for sending to friends and family who may be planning a visit)..

UK Travel and Accommodation: An International Student Guide