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Before you arrive

New students

If you are a new student joining us at the International Study Centre, you may have some questions about what it's like to live and study in the UK. To help you plan your journey, we’ve put together a useful guide with information on what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and much more.

Download the pre-arrival guide.

The International Study Centre is located near world-famous Greenwich, a multicultural area of London where you can find lots to do. You’ll also be within easy travelling distance of the main financial and business areas in London; Canary Wharf and the ‘City of London’.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Arriving in February? Download your induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information about being a student at Coventry University London ISC.

Living in the UK

Specialist and international foods
Shops both on campus and very close to campus will sell most things you’ll initially need. You may also find that some of the larger supermarkets stock the products that you require.

Social attitudes
Life in Britain will almost certainly be different from what you are used to. It is difficult to define exactly what the ‘British’ way of life is as attitudes and outlooks vary considerably according to where you are in the country. As a home to residents from many different parts of the world and a variety of ethnic backgrounds, Britain has a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. It won’t take you long before you are accustomed to your new life here and are able to adapt to a whole variety of situations; everything from understanding British etiquette and mannerisms to cooking your own food and running your own bank account.

Tap water in Britain is safe to drink but if you feel wary of this, bottled water and water filters are readily available at most supermarkets, which you could buy on arrival.

To start with everything is new, exciting and different, but as time goes by you may start to wish that things were the way they were back home. Don’t despair as this stage will pass – and much more quickly if you talk to someone about how you are feeling. Remember that all of your fellow students are in the same position, and our staff will help you make friends and adjust to your new life in the UK.

Study Buddies share their experiences

See what our current students have to say about what it was like when they first arrived to study in the UK. They share stories and advice about making friends and settling into life at the International Study Centre.