Post-Arrival in The UK
Register with the Police (if required)
Depending on your nationality and visa type, you may be required to register with the Police within a specific timeframe after your arrival. Check the UK government website requirements or consult your visa documentation to determine if this applies.
Set up a Bank Account
Setting up a bank account is essential, especially if you plan to work or study here. You'll need it to receive payments, pay bills, and transfer money in and out of the UK. Many banks offer accounts specifically tailored for international students and migrants.
Obtain a National Insurance Number (NIN)
If you plan to work in the UK, you will need a National Insurance Number (NIN). This unique identifier is used for tax and social security purposes. To obtain a NIN, you must apply through the Jobcentre Plus office by phone or in person. Check the government website for more details on the application process.
Register with a General Practitioner
Registering with a local GP as soon as possible after your arrival in the UK is essential. Doing so will provide you with access to free primary healthcare services and will help you stay healthy during your stay.
Set Up a Mobile Phone Plan
Most international students must purchase a new phone and contract when they arrive in the UK. Your current mobile phone may differ from the UK's network, depending on your location. Consider researching and comparing mobile phone plans to find the best value for your needs.
Attend Orientation Events
Many universities organize orientation events for international students. Attend these events to get acquainted with the campus, meet fellow students, and learn about available support services. It's an excellent opportunity to ask questions, gather important information, and build your social network.
Stay Connected with Home
Maintain communication with your family and friends back home. Set up a calling plan or use internet-based communication apps to stay connected. Adjusting to a new environment can be challenging, and staying connected with loved ones can provide emotional support.