Before you arrive

Before you arrive

Welcome to the University of Liverpool’s London campus at 33 Finsbury Square.

The London campus is a community of scholars working across numerous subject areas. We are sure you will benefit from the breadth and vitality that is possible in a campus of this nature, with world-class teaching and in-depth specialist expertise available to you.

Arrival and Registration

Registration is a two-part process and will begin before you arrive on campus.

Academic Registration and Financial Registration must both be completed in order for students to become fully registered with the University. If you have not already started these processes, you should read the Academic Registration and Tuition Fees webpages.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Student Experience Team who will be happy to assist you.


Getting the right accommodation is very important to your student experience in London. There are many options in London, but it is worth keeping in mind that the price of rent is directly related to location - the closer to Zone 1 the more money you should expect to pay.

Further information about accommodation can be found on the Accommodation London website

The map below shows you where the University accommodation is located in relation to the campus.


International Students

Pre Sessional English courses

If you do not yet have the right level of English to enter your chosen course, the University of Liverpool’s English Language Centre can help you achieve the English language qualifications you need before you start your course.
There are five different entry dates, dependent upon how much improvement you need to make, and we are confident that study on our Pre-sessional English course can prepare you to cope with the linguistic demands of your academic programme. You will study at our specialist English language teaching facility based on the Liverpool campus and follow a course designed to meet the needs of your chosen academic programme. For more information, visit the English Language Centre website.

Presenting your Original Academic Documents and Passports and Visas

The University requires all applicants to provide original academic documents which verify their successfully completed qualifications. We are directed by the Home Office to do this. If you have not previously shown original documents to the University, the documents you need to provide are:

  • Academic transcript(s) which include your final grade
  • Degree certificate (and translations of these documents if applicable)
  • Evidence of English Language

The University is required by law to check, verify and retain copies of all international students’ (i.e. those who require a visa to study in the UK) passports and visas. Further information about when and where you can present your documents can be found in the Welcome Week schedule and you will be given information at your welcome meeting.

You must remember to bring with you certificates for all qualifications listed on your CAS when you travel to the UK as they will be checked by staff as part of Welcome Week.  Therefore it is very important that you attend Welcome Week.

Collection of Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Card

The UK Home Office has introduced BRPs for applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK for more than six months. This means that, if you are applying from anywhere outside the UK, and if your entry clearance application is successful, you will be given a visa which is valid for 30 days. This will allow you to enter the UK. You must then collect your BRP card from the Post Office branch you selected as part of your visa application, no later than 10 days after your arrival in the UK.

When you attend the Post Office branch to collect your BRP, you must bring with you the passport or travel document which contains your 30 day visa. You should also bring your decision letter with you if possible as it will help the Post Office staff to locate your BRP quickly. If you do not bring your passport or travel document you will not be able to collect your BRP. Details of Post Office locations offering the service and their opening times can be found at:

Make sure you collect your BRP card as soon as you have arrived in the UK as you will need to produce this at your academic registration. You will not be able to register onto your course without this document.

Registration with the Police

Some International Students will be required, as part of the conditions of their visa, to register with the Police. You MUST do this if your visa states so, as failure to do so is a criminal offence.

If you applied for your visa outside the UK, you must register with the police within 7 days of collection of your BRP card.

If you applied for your visa inside the UK, you must register with the police within 7 days of receipt of your BRP card.

Students studying in London must register at the following address:

The Overseas Visitor Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street,
London SE1 1JL

The nearest tube station is Borough on the Northern Line and the OVRO is also well serviced with good bus links including the 21, 133, 40 and 35. Please note that during September and the start of the academic year, the OVRO can be extremely busy and queues are likely.

We have created a brief guide on Registration with the Metropolitan Police in London for you. However, we advise that you check the Metropolitan Police website for opening hours and further information before you visit.

Opening a UK Bank Account

For many international students, accessing money from an overseas bank account when in the UK can be expensive and problematic. It is therefore advisable that international students open a UK Bank Account whilst they are studying in the UK in order to access money quickly and safely.

In order to open a bank account, you need official documentation to prove your identity and a letter of introduction from the University. Once fully registered with the University of Liverpool in London, you may request this letter from the Student Experience Team.