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 us 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.

September Enrolment - Access to Swansea University Bay Campus accommodation. Find out more about how to apply for accommodation.

2. Apply for your Visa

It is very important that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK. To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, read more here on Visas and Immigration.

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 using these helpful links.

4. Make friends with other students

Why wait until you arrive in Swansea to make friends with your new classmates? Visiting our FacebookTwitter 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.

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 every moment.

5. Pack your things

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. 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

Summer June to August 12°C to 25°C
Autumn September to November 7°C to 14°C
Winter December to February 0°C to 8°C
Spring March to May 5°C to 15°C


When you arrive in the UK, you should bring about £150 in cash and/or travellers' cheques for your immediate needs (meals, train fares, etc.) plus money needed for your transport to Swansea. Avoid carrying any more money on you in case it gets lost or stolen. Most shops and hotels will accept credit cards, and some will also accept payment in sterling travellers' cheques.

As with all major cities please take care of your personal belongings at all times.