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
- Complete our “Think About It” Course
- Bring your ID
- Let us know if we can help
- Travelling to Buckingham
- Arrival tips for International Students
- Join the conversation on social media
- Recommended computer hardware
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 joining us on campus and making Buckingham your home away from home, make sure you check out our accommodation tours. Take a look at the accommodation page where you’ll find the full details for all of your options so you can decide which is best choice for you.
If you have not booked your accommodation for January 2021 please arrange to do this as soon as possible to take advantage of our Accommodation Guarantee (30th November 2020).
Student accommodation is just a five-minute walk from the main campus at Booth Hall, offering 695 rooms. You can explore Booth Hall further on the Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences Campus website. Please note, prices for accommodation are subject to change.
3. Pay your fees
Important: You will only be able to register if the above documents and payment have been received. We recommend that payment of the first term’s fees and bond is made by 11th December 2020. Online registration will open mid-December for applicants that have accepted their offer, met the conditions of their offer and paid their first term’s fees and bond. If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office.
4. Apply for a visa
If you are a non-UK citizen, you will need to obtain a Student visa to arrive and study in the UK. This also applies to EU/EEA nationals arriving on or after 1st January 2021.
Remember to apply in plenty of time for your visa. You can only register if you have the appropriate 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. Complete our ‘Think About It’ course
Before you start at the University, you are required to complete our Think About It course. This has been put together by members of our Student Experience team to help you prepare for University life. The short course is split into 3 sections; Student Conduct, Budgeting for Student Life and Staying Safe.
To complete the course, you will be guided through information and videos on our Students’ Union Website. Once you have read the information and watched the videos, you will complete our quiz. To access the course please click here
7. Bring your ID
When you arrive, you must bring a form of photo identification with you such as passport, driving license, visa etc. If you do not have ID you will not be able to complete your registration 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.
8. 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.
9. 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 our Campus Map, or Google Maps for the exact location.
Please see How to Get to Buckingham for detailed instructions on arriving by car, train, coach or air.
Our university campus is less than a mile from Crewe Station.
Crewe is a railway town and civil parish within the borough of Cheshire East; 35 miles (56km) south of Manchester and 158 miles (254 km) north of London. It has excellent road and rail connections to both the north and south of England, as well as to North Wales.
Please see How to Get to Crewe for detailed instructions on arriving by car, train, coach or air
10. Arrival tips for International Students
As you would with any holiday abroad, please check the government travel advice and 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 2020 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.
11. Join the conversation on social media
12. University of Buckingham Recommended computer hardware
For a laptop that will last you through your 2 years of study we would recommend: –
– Hard Drive 256GB SSD (512GB if you are studying computing)
– Memory: 8GB
– Camera: Integrated Camera
– Processor: Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, series 6 or above
MacBook: Early 2015 or newer
MacBook Air: Mid 2014 or newer
MacBook Pro: Late 2014 or newer
You may want to consider headphones and a microphone to participate in Teams meetings – this will ensure that you can hear clearly and your voice is heard by others rather than relying on the speakers and microphone in your computer
Tablets/Chromebooks/Windows 10s computers
Not recommended for your study as they are relatively under-powered
A modern tablet iPad or android will need a keyboard to type on and a stand to hold the screen. For some courses you will need to use specialist software such as SPSS this will not run on a tablet. You may also experience issues with storage and application switching