The January 2024 intake is just around the corner, which means a new wave of international students will be arriving at Teesside University. If you’re someone who has already booked your flights or someone still packing their things, here are seven helpful pre-departure tips to ensure your transition to the UK goes smoothly.

  1. Get Familiar with the University and City

Spend time exploring our website and get acquainted with campus maps, the course catalogue, student resources, and the surrounding area. Connect with other new students through social media groups. Make sure to reach out to your department and student advisors with any questions that you may have. Knowing what to expect will make your transition smoother.

  1. Pack Essentials Only

Pack versatile, weather-appropriate clothing that can be layered, as the UK weather can be very unpredictable so make sure you pack your clothes for all the seasons. Don’t forget to pack the necessities like your passport, paperwork, laptop, chargers, medications, and toiletries.

  1. Review Transportation Options

Research transportation from the airport to your accommodations. Why not consider booking our Meet and Greet service as we collect new international students from Newcastle International Airport and transport them to campus heart from 9.00am and 5.00pm. Alternatively, you can book other types of transport such as coaches and trains from the airport to your accommodation. Once settled, familiarize yourself with public transportation around campus and download useful apps.

  1. Understand UK Currency

Familiarise yourself with the different coins and banknotes used in the UK. Know that there are 100 pence (p) in one British Pound (£). This will help you confidently use cash for purchases and transactions.

  1. Be wise with spending

It can be tempting to splash out the cash for dining out, shopping and travelling but make sure you stick to your student budget, especially as you transition for your first semester at a UK university.

  1. Look into part-time work

Did you know that International students can work up to 20 hours a week on a student visa? Consider getting a campus job not just for money but also to gain skills and meet people. Just don’t let it affect your studies.

  1. Get Excited!

Above all, be excited about your new adventure at Teesside University! Immerse yourself in university activities, explore the city, and make new friends from around the world. Embrace this special opportunity to live, learn, and grow in the UK. You’ve got an amazing journey ahead – enjoy every minute!