Travelling to the UK
When travelling to the UK, there are a few things to consider, in particular whether or not you can use the new eGates , or arrive via the Republic of Ireland.
If you are planning on travelling outside of the UK during your studies, you should consider taking out travel insurance as the National Health Service (NHS) only covers you within the UK.
Keep copies of your travel documents, including every stamped page in your passport. You may need to refer to these for further immigration applications, or in case your passport is lost or stolen.
The UK Government has expanded the use of eGates to allow nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America, faster entry through the UK border. EGates can be used by tier 4 students and their dependants (over the age of 12 years). Students from other countries who also want to benefit from faster entry may want to consider becoming a Registered Traveller. This service is available from the UK Government and costs £70 for one year.
EGates must not be used by students entering on a short-term study visa, these students will still need to see an officer for a stamp in their passport. This stamp gives them the permission needed for their studies.