Coming to study with us will be an exciting time in your life and, like most things, you'll need to plan ahead.
The most important things you need to do before you arrive are:
These guides will answer most of the questions you may have about planning your arrival and living in the UK.
Pre-departure guide – Part 1: Planning your arrival
Pre-departure guide – Part 2: Arriving and living in the UK
Arrival information: Cambridge campus
Arrival information: Chelmsford campus
Our guides include:
Finding a suitable flight can be difficult so we advise you to make your plans as early as possible. You may be able to use our Heathrow airport transfer service.
Always try to arrive in the morning, ARU is open from 9am and there will be more public transport options than if you arrive at night. If you know you will be arriving late at night you might prefer to stay in an airport hotel and travel to ARU the following day.
London Heathrow Airport is usually the main option for students travelling from outside of Europe. Heathrow is a large airport with five terminals so always check your flight details before arranging any transport from the airport. If you are coming from mainland Europe we advise you to fly to London Stansted as this is the closest airport to our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.
If you can’t take our Heathrow airport transfer you can find further information about different ways to travel to our campus in our Pre-departure guide (Part 2).
At ARU we understand that it can take time to get used to the way we teach in the UK. Once you arrive we can help with your English Language as we offer free English classes as well as advice on study techniques via our ‘Study Skills Plus’ sessions offered by Student and Library Services.
Doing some preparation before you arrive will help you adapt quicker to your course. You can visit websites such as prepareforsuccess.org.uk; these self-access materials can help you refresh your English language and improve your study skills over the vacation period before you arrive.