How do I apply for a visa and where do I report to while I'm at Sidney?

The following information has been reproduced form the International Students website:

The UK operates an immigration system underpinned by the principle of visa sponsorship. A visa under the Student route is issued to study in the UK. The sponsor for immigration purposes is the educational institution where the student will study and the visa is issued for a particular course at the institution.

You must apply for a visa prior to travelling to the UK unless you are already in the UK holding a valid visa that permits you to make an application for further leave to remain under the Student route.

The following webpages provide detailed information on the student visa application process and requirements:

Applying for entry clearance under the Student route (applying outside the UK)

Applying for permission to stay under the Student route (applying from inside the UK)

Applying under the Student route as an EEA or Swiss National (applying outside the UK)

The International Student Office provides a visa advice service, offering further assistance on applying for a student visa as well as information on related areas of immigration and post-study visa options.  

You'll also find important information on Arrival, Healthcare in the UK, and Orientation Sessions.

Undergraduate Freshers BRP collection

The College will be distributing BRPs for those students who have selected collection from the University (and not from the Post Office) on their visa application. Please see link for further guidance: https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/student-visa-responsibilities/collecting-your-brp

Students are advised by the Home Office to collect their BRP within 10 days. This does not apply in the following circumstances:

  • to students who will collect their BRP from their College.
  • to students who will collect their BRP from the Post Office and need to self-isolate on arrival. They should collect their BRP as soon as possible after the 14 day self-isolation period.
Termly reporting

Termly reporting will take place electronically and you will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office via email.

Once term has started, you will be required to report to the College regularly to comply with Border Agency requirements. You will be contacted at the start of each term to remind you to do this.

Please remember that you must notify the Postgraduate Office of any future changes to your visa.

Police registration

Some students need to register with the police depending on their nationality.  Details on who this applies to and how to register at Parkside Police Station are available on the International Students website: https://www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/student-visa-responsibilities/police-registration

International student guide

The University's International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival information on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective.

Please contact the Postgraduate Office if you have any queries (B2, Hall Court).