Orientation and entering England

Orientation information for new students at UCL and information about entering England

Students arriving in England in 2021


Please be aware that at 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. We have publishing details of these changes on the 'Preparing to arrive in England - travel advice' webpage.

The UK Government have also published advice for international students studying in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit The Education Hub for more details.

Find out more about the support available to you if you need to quarantine upon arrival.

To help make the transition into life in the UK and studying at UCL as smooth as possible, the International Student Support team has created orientation information for all non-UK students starting their studies at UCL. 

Visit the UCL Accommodation website for more information about moving in to UCL halls of residence.

Online orientation course


Check out the Online Orientation Course before you arrive in the UK to help prepare you for UCL life.

International student support drop-in sessions

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Drop-in and speak to International Student Support if you have any questins about life at UCL and in London.

International student safety seminars

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Check out the in-person student safety seminars run by International Student Support and the Metropolitan Police.

Preparing to arrive in England


Check out these pages for travel guidance and rules when entering England and the support available.

Quarantine and self-isolation

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Find out what support is available if you need to quarantine or self-isolate.

New students

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Check out the checklists and all other information you will need as a new student at UCL.

Online common rooms

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Check out UCL's online common rooms and meet other students from all over UCL and the world.

Students' Union UCL

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Check out what Students' Union UCL have to offer new and returning students in September 2021.