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Welcome to all our new International Students. We hope the following notes may be of help to you in preparing for your arrival in Churchill College.
If you arrive by air, the simplest and cheapest way to travel to Cambridge is by bus directly from the airport. If you prefer to come from the airport by train, the following guidance relates to airport to which you are travelling:
Take either the overland rail or the Tube (Underground) into the centre of London, to King's Cross Station. It is not worth paying to use the Gatwick express as the travel time is not significantly quicker and it is more expensive than the ordinary train fare. From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.
Take either the Tube (Underground) or the Heathrow Express (which is much quicker) into London to King's Cross Station . From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.
Take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), followed by the Tube (Underground) into London to King's Cross Station . From there, until around midnight, there are approximately two trains every hour to Cambridge.
If you are arriving at Stansted, there is NO need to go into London as there is a direct train to Cambridge.
Once you arrive at Cambridge railway or bus station, the simplest way to College is by taxi.
The climate in the UK is very unpredictable. It can range from quite warm to very cold with significant windchill. So, you will need warm clothing, but it may also be rather wet, so be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.
The College invites all non-UK Freshers to arrive in College earlier than other students to give you time to settle in and to take part in the International Freshers' Week programme. If this link takes you to information about last year's International Freshers' Week, this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by CUSU. Please keep checking back until it shows information for this year.
These will take place on the morning of Friday 2 October. There are separate ‘Feeling at Home in Cambridge’ sessions for undergraduates and graduates as well as a session on ‘Developing Academic English Language Skills’. Students should register online if you wish to attend: www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/orientation-sessions If this link is unavailable this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by CUSU. Please keep checking back until it shows information for this year.
Practical guidance on coming to study in the UK and at Cambridge, including the International Student Guide: www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/arriving
Please read the message below from our JCR International Representative, which gives further information about International Freshers' week and lots of other hints and tips!
Dear future international Churchillians,
JCR International Welfare Officer
Some of you will require visas and you have confirmed this by now. Please refer to the University website for further guidance.
If the following links takes you to information about last year's Visa process, this is just because it hasn't been updated yet by the International Student Office (ISO). Please keep checking until it shows information for this year.
Information to follow from the International Student Office - please regularly check relevant content at www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-entry-clearance and www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-responsibilities/police-registration
The ‘Responsibilities under Tier 4’ guide is available at www.internationalstudents.cam.ac.uk/tier-4-responsibilities
The University's visa advice service can assist with this and other aspects of the Tier 4 application process.