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Welcome to Solent University!

Studying abroad is an exciting adventure. It is important you prepare yourself for your arrival, first days, and weeks in the UK. Take a moment to read through some online booklets from the British Council. First Steps lists helpful pre-departure information, while Safety First covers all you need to know for these first days and weeks in the UK. Additional information that may be of interest to you is also available on the British Council website. Information about visas for studying in the UK can be found on our website, as well as on the UK Council for International Student Affairs web site. The UKCISA pages are also a source of valuable information about the life in the UK.

Sorting out finances

Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) deposit

If you require a CAS for your Tier 4 Visa application, you must pay a £3,000 deposit towards your tuition fee before a CAS is issued. Here you will find information about the online services available to make payment.

Paying tuition fees and enrolling on the course

You are obliged to pay 50% of your fees before (or during) enrolment on your course. The remaining 50% then needs to be paid within 15 weeks of starting your course. Solent University does not accept cash, cheques or bankers drafts in payment of tuition fees. If you plan to bring money into the UK and you are arriving from a country outside the European Union, you must declare to customs officers any cash equivalent of €10,000 or more.

We recommend you settle payment before coming to the UK, as it may take a couple of weeks to open a UK bank account. The UKCISA website offers a guide on opening a bank account.

Arrival and enrolment

It is important you arrive in the UK before your taught part of the course begins to allow you time to settle in, meet your course team and complete all relevant parts of your course induction. We recommend you follow your Welcome timetable and make the most of all talks and events and engage with the University as well as with Students' Union.

To help your enrolment go as quickly as possible, please ensure:

  • you have completed online pre-registration before Welcome and uploaded an acceptable photograph to be used on your campus card,
  • you attend your scheduled enrolment session as detailed on your Welcome timetable,
  • you bring photographic ID (passport, driver’s licence. ID card can be used for EU students),
  • you bring your visa and any associated paperwork (if applicable),
  • you bring any student finance or sponsorship forms,
  • you pay at least 50% of your tuition fees,
  • you bring all original qualifications that have not been verified via UCAS.

International support guidance

Once you arrive in Southampton, you will have access to the international support team who offer advice and guidance. We have prepared two talks that may be relevant to you and should be accessed during your Welcome period.

We will provide you with valuable information during the 'Life as an international student in Southampton' talk. This includes information about our city, Solent University, study support available to you, UK banking, the national healthcare system (NHS) in the UK, working rights, and much more.

All students who arrive to study on a Tier 4 general student visa are required to attend the 'Tier 4 visa' talk. We will explain the regulations that you and the University are required to meet in order to be compliant and retain your visa. We will also look at any errors you may have on your visa and offer guidance on registration with the police.

There's lots more advice and information in the main international students section on our website, such as working in the UK, tuition fees and life in the UK.

English language support

Want to improve your English? Or need help with academic writing in English? We offer workshops throughout the academic year for English language learners to build your skills and confidence in this important area. You will be able to register for individual sessions from October onwards. For more information, please contact the International Office at

International students welcome and induction

In addition to your timetabled induction activities organised by your course leader, we have planned a number of special activities for you as an international student to attend as your schedule allows. We will also be facilitating Heathrow airport pick-ups for new international students (advanced registration is required). Information about these activities, as well as a link to register your interest in taking advantage of the Heathrow airport pick-up service is available on our Get Ready for Solent site, once you complete online pre-registration.

Please note, all Tier 4 students will be required to attend the Tier 4 visa talk, which will take place during the induction period. For more information about about Tier 4 visas, please see our visas and immigration page.

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