Wherever you are travelling from, we would like to wish you a warm welcome to UEA.

We know there is a lot to think about when travelling to study in a new country and we hope to make your arrival as easy as possible.

Planning your travel to UEA

As you will be aware, the UK government has adopted a traffic light system for arrivals from global destinations. You can find more information regarding this on the UK government website.

We are committed to supporting students arriving to UEA for the first time this coming September and are making the following arrangements.


International Students Arrival Form


So that we are able to provide a smooth transition to UEA, we require all students arriving from outside of the UK to complete our International Students Arrival Form.  You can complete this once your travel plans are made, however, if they change you are encourage to complete the form again.


International Students Arrival Form



Red List Arrivals


If you are arriving from a red list country, UEA will refund the cost of any UK government related hotel quarantine - up to £1,750 - and this will be applied to your UEA invoice once you have completed your quarantine and fully enrolled as a UEA student.

You remain responsible for booking your pre-travel COVID PCR tests and UK government quarantine package and you will be required to provide a receipt of this, alongside your travel itinerary, both in your name.

More information is available in our FAQs.

Amber List Arrivals


If you have been allocated UEA accommodation we will offer you a rent-free period, allowing you to complete your self-isolation before the start of your course.

Undergraduate Students this means that between the 7-16 September accommodation will be free, regardless of arrival date. 

Postgraduate Students this means that between the 7-23 September accommodation will be free, regardless of arrival date.

During your period of self-isolation we have a number of support systems in place including a meal ordering service, safe outdoor zones and wellbeing support. More information on these services

Please ensure you check UK government guidance on arrivals regularly

Airport Collection Service


We will be running an airport collection service from Heathrow Airport on the following dates:

Date Departure Time
Tuesday 7 September 10 am
4 pm
Wednesday 8 September 10 am
Friday 17 September 10 am
4 pm
Saturday 18 September 10 am
Thursday 23 September 10 am
4 pm
Friday 24 September 10 am


Amber List arrivals will be able to make use of this service on arrival to Heathrow, whilst Red List arrivals are able to utilise our airport collection service provided you have completed your hotel quarantine.  We recommend you only book airport collection if your flight arrives more than two hours before the departure time of the collection service.

Once you have confirmed your travel plans, you can book airport collection from Heathrow Airport on these days via our International Students Arrival Form.

The cost of the collection service is £35 and this will be added to your UEA invoice, you will not have to pay anything upfront or on the day.

Visa Information


Most international students will need to have a visa to study at UEA.  If you are unsure whether you need a visa you can check if you need a UK visa on the UK Government website.

Our Student Visa Team are on hand to offer advice and support with navigating the visa application process.   You can also find out more in our Pre-departure Guide.

UEA Student Visa Advice




Pre-departure Guide


UEA Student Services produce a brilliant brochure specially created for international students – packed with everything you need to know.

Your Pre-Departure Guide will help you with visas and immigration, healthcare in the UK, opening a bank account, arriving in the UK, arriving at UEA, staying safe and more.

You should download and read from cover to cover today.


Download your Pre-departure Guide