Before you arrive
Congratulations if you have received an offer from Buckingham – we look forward to welcoming you!
Here’s what you need to do before you arrive:
- Confirm your offer
- Arrange your accommodation
- Pay your fees
- Apply for a visa
- Register online
- Bring your ID
- Let us know if we can help
- Travelling to Buckingham
- Arrival tips for International Students
- Join the conversation on social media
1. Confirm your offer
Complete the Acceptance Statement
You will need to sign the Acceptance Statement that we sent you with your offer letter. You need to return it to us, either by post or by email as a scanned attachment.
Confirm your qualifications
Your offer may be unconditional or conditional. If the offer is conditional, we may be waiting for your examination results or other documents that will enable us to confirm your acceptance.
If you applied to us directly (via our online application):
You will need to send us confirmation of your results directly. We will need:
- Your original examination certificates (or certified copies)
- Your references
If you applied through UCAS:
We will receive your A-level, BTEC or IB results direct from UCAS, so you don’t need to do anything else unless we ask you otherwise.
If you are an International or EU student, we will also need:
- Your English Language certificate
2. Arrange your accommodation
If you’re still deciding, make sure you check out the accommodation page for full details about all of your options whilst studying at Buckingham.
If you have not booked your accommodation for January 2020 please arrange to do this as soon as possible to take advantage of our Accommodation Guarantee (30th November 2019).
3. Pay your fees
Important: You will only be able to register if the above documents and payment have been received. If in doubt please contact the Admissions Office.
All payments should be made prior to your registration date for confirmation of this date please refer to your offer letter.
4. Apply for a visa
If you are from outside the EU/EEA or are Swiss, you will need a Tier 4 student visa.
Remember to apply in plenty of time for your visa. You can only register if you have the appropriate Tier 4 student visa. Delays in obtaining your visa can prevent you from starting your course.
As part of your application for your visa, you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge, which will entitle you to National Health Service (NHS) care in the UK with no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. Please see Health and Medical Care guidance for more details.
See our Student Visa guidance for information, advice and step-by-step instructions on making your application.
5. Register online
6. Bring your ID
When you arrive at registration you must bring a form of photo identification with you such as passport, drivers license, visa etc. If you do not have ID you will not be able to register and will be asked to return to register with your ID. If you have any questions about this please get in touch before you arrive.
7. Let us know if we can help
We are committed to supporting everyone in achieving their full potential. Please let us know as soon as you can about any disabilities or specific learning difficulties, even if mild, so we can let you know what additional support is available. This can include additional arrangements for exams or additional learning support sessions.
Please contact Students First so we can support you as fully as possible. The Students First team will also be on hand at registration as well.
8. Travelling to Buckingham
Buckingham is a short drive from Milton Keynes and has great transport links from the nearby train stations; Milton Keynes Central and Bicester North.
Please see How to Get to Buckingham for detailed instructions on arriving by car, train, coach or air.
9. Arrival tips for International Students
As you would with any holiday abroad, please make sure you bring your passport and any other forms of identification such as a driver’s license that you may use when living in Buckingham.
Here are some simple tips to remember when you travel to us:
- Complete a landing card as soon as possible. If you plan to travel in or out of the UK more than four times in 2019 you can become a ‘Registered Traveller‘ this means you won’t need to keep filling out a separate landing card each time you arrive in the UK.
- Keep a paper copy of your confirmation letter, recent bank statements and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage
- Check what you are allowed to bring with you. Food regulations may vary depending on the country you are travelling from. You can check the general rules on food items on the UK government website.
Due to African swine fever (a disease affecting pigs), please make sure you do not pack any meat products if you are entering the UK, even if you are coming from within the EU. If your family or friends are planning to send you any gifts by post, please ask them not to send any meat products. This notice from the Animal & Plant Health Agency will help you learn more. Dairy products from outside the European Union are also banned.
For more useful advice before you travel please look at the Border Force’s top ten tips for a smooth arrival.