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International support

These pages provide information on practical aspects of life in the UK, including managing your finances, accessing healthcare and staying safe. You will also find a number of resources and opportunities specifically for international students.

Healthcare in the UK


Guidance on how to access the UK healthcare system, including how to register with a doctor on arrival and how to access other services.

Personal safety

Link to Evening and weekend support

Tips and advice on safety, including how to keep yourself and your belongings safe in London, how to stay safe online and who to contact in an emergency.

Money and finances


Information on managing your finances and how to open a bank account in the UK, including the documentation required and the local and digital options available.

Preparing for life in the UK


Advice on how to prepare for life in the UK, including what to pack, information about mobile services, tips on settling in and how to deal with feelings of culture shock.

Travel in London


Information on Oyster cards, discounts and the different options for travelling around London, as well as guidance on how to get to UCL from London's main airports.

Academic life in the UK


Resources about academic life in the UK, including information about the academic system, module registration for affiliates and English language support. 

Resources and opportunities


Find out about academic, social and cultural resources and opportunities for international students, and keep up to date with the latest International Student Support news.

Families and under 18s


Information and guidance for students who are planning to bring their families to the UK and students who will be under 18 years old when they start at UCL.

International student drop-ins


The International Student drop-in are designed to help international students with any questions they have about life at UCL or in the UK.