International students

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.

Getting here

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:

London Gatwick

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.

London Heathrow

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.

London City Airport

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.

London Stansted

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.

International Freshers' Week

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.

Orientation sessions

These will take place on the morning of Friday 29 September. 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:

Pre-arrival information

Practical guidance on coming to study in the UK and at Cambridge, including the International Student Guide:

Message from JCR Representative

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,

On behalf of everyone here I would like provisionally to welcome you all to the amazing place that is Churchill College. This is not only an outstanding academic environment but it is one of the friendliest, most active and diverse colleges across Cambridge. For me this has been one of the best academic and life experiences and I hope yours will be just as good.

I am glad to invite those of you who meet your offer and are accepted to attend the college's International Fresher's Week, which is held from Tuesday 26th of September till Friday 29th September 2017, before the arrival of most of the UK students on Saturday 30th September.

I heavily encourage everyone of you to come to International Fresher's Week. This is a great time and opportunity to deal with the different aspects of living abroad such as opening a bank account or getting a UK sim card. We also want with this event to help you settle into a new country and to get a first taste of Cambridge before it's being flooded with all the UK nationals. It's a unique opportunity that not every college offers and from my experience a great way to start university before the hectic Fresher's Week the week after.

I suggest you arrive at college on Monday 25th September and the activities will start at noon on Tuesday. After having booked your flights please complete the online arrivals form for college, book accommodation and let me ( know when you will be arriving in Cambridge.

If you have any questions or doubts feel free to contact the college Tutorial Office ( or myself ( so that I can direct your query to someone who is in a better position to answer.

Good luck in your examinations, enjoy the summer holidays and I look forward to seeing you in the International Fresher's Week!

Best wishes, 

Jorge Garcia Condado
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.

Applying for UK immigration

Healthcare for international student visa applicants

Guidance document for undergraduate applicants needing a Tier 4 visa

The University of Cambridge International Student team advise students to pay particular attention to the section ‘Evidence of finances’ under ‘Supporting documents for the visa application’, as one of the most common reasons for visa application refusals is failure to provide financial evidence that satisfies the Home Office’s specific requirements. 

Read Tier 4 visa guidance

BRP collection

The International Student Team will be distributing BRPs at the University Centre from Tuesday 26 September - Tuesday 3 October, excluding the weekend, for those students who have selected collection from the University (and not the Post Office) on their visa application. Students will need to take their BRPs to College for scanning after collection. For courses starting early, IST will be attending inductions and uploading visas onto CamSIS (ADTIS, MBA, MFin and Economics preparatory course):  

Police Registration

This will be available in the University Centre on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28September and Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October. Appointments must be booked in advance:

Responsibilities under Tier 4 Guide

The ‘Responsibilities under Tier 4’ guide is available at


The University's visa advice service can assist with this and other aspects of the Tier 4 application process. 

Email the International student team

Follow @cam_intlstudent


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