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Checklist: One Month To Go

Step One – Check the ‘Starting Preparations’ checklist!

With just a month to go until departure, if you haven’t already done so it is now vital that you prioritise tasks on the checklist for ‘Starting Preparations’ (click here or follow the link on the left of this page). Most importantly you need to secure your place, ensure you have a visa or entry clearance for the UK, secure sufficient funding and apply for accommodation.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have produced some guidance for international students, to give you information about what to expect when arriving in the UK:
Immigration Control

If, after reading the information and advice on these pages, you are still unsure or stuck please contact us;

Advice and Counselling Service

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 7013

International Office

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6530

Step Two – Complete your pre-enrolment (online registration)

Pre-enrolment is the first part of the enrolment process.  Once you have been accepted to Queen Mary, and have had your place confirmed, our Admissions Office will e-mail you with details on how to enrol.  

All students are required to pre-enrol via the online Student records system MySIS ((

.To gain access you will need to login by entering your application number as your username and your unique PIN number as your password.  You should already have your application and PIN number as part of the application process. If for any reason you have not received this information or you are not able to login, please contact the Admissions Office by calling: +44 (0) 20 7882 5511 or by email using your Admissions team email address given in previous communications.

Step Three – Book a place on the airport collection service, or plan your journey from the airport in advance

The International Office will be running an Airport Collection service for all new students arriving into Heathrow airport on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017.  Book your place HERE.
Important information
The buses will depart from Terminal 3, at London’s Heathrow Airport, to Queen Mary, Mile End campus. We expect that buses will leave Terminal 3 approximately every two hours on Saturday, and every three hours on Sunday.

This service is free of charge to all new Queen Mary students but if you do not book a place in advance we cannot guarantee there will be any space left on the busses when you arrive. 

Family and friends
The airport collection service is for Queen Mary students only. If you are travelling with family members or friends they are welcome to travel on the coach only if there are spaces available. Priority will always be given to students. If a coach is full, Queen Mary staff will assist in directing your family or friends to the College using an alternative form of transport.

Step Four – Register to attend the International Student Welcome Programme

The International Student Welcome Programme has been organised to introduce you to living and studying in the UK and, specifically, at Queen Mary University of London. It is free to attend - but you do need to register to book a place in advance. We will run workshops and presentations with lots of useful information- from registering with the Police, immigration advice and banking, to where to buy food, keeping fit and finding part-time work.

All new EU & international students are invited and we hope that you decide to join us; however please be aware that if your School has scheduled meetings or events at the same time as the International Student Welcome Programme you must attend those provided by your academic department. Sometimes academic departments will clearly indicate that a particular workshop or session is 'optional', in which case that means you do NOT have to attend, and you are free to come along to the International Student Welcome Programme.

Please note, if you are on an Associate Programme/ Study Abroad programme of 6 months or less, there will be a separate induction programme for you – for more details, please click here.

International Student Welcome Programme - September 2017
Booking Details and the timetable shall be published here from August 2017 onwards.

The International Student Welcome Programme takes place Monday 18th– Tuesday 19th September 2017.  There will also be special social events taking place including an evening boat trip on the River Thames and East London walking tours, in addition to a number of events run across the week by the Students’ Union. This is a great chance to meet other new students before you start your course. The International Student Boat Party will take place on Thursday 21st September 2017.  Further details will be made available here in due course.

Please note, if you are joining Queen Mary as an international Medical or Dental student with Barts & the London School of Dentistry, there will also be additional special orientation events run at the Whitechapel campus. Details can be found below. Booking will not be required but we hope to see you there

The Welcome Programme Schedule for International Students within the School of Medicine and Dentistry shall be published here from August 2017 onwards.

If you have any queries about the International Welcome Programme, please do not hesitate to contact our International Student Experience Officer Helena Collins on

Step Five – Get to know other students starting QMUL in September Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU)

Queen Mary Students’ Union have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep students updated with events and activities. To keep to up to date, like the ‘Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU)’ and ‘Queen Mary, QMUL, QMSU Freshers Events & Info’ pages on Facebook and follow @QMSU and @QMSU_events on Twitter.

Step Six – Pay, or prepare to pay, your tuition fees. Please remember to bring a remittance slip if you have pre-paid.

Queen Mary will send you an invoice once you have enrolled, which will represent the charge for the full academic year you are enrolled on. If you choose to accept a place at Queen Mary it is your responsibility to ensure that your tuition fees are paid when they are due. Fees due in any academic year are payable prior to, or at enrolment. All international students must pay at least 50 per cent (50%) of the fee due before enrolment and complete a payment agreement to pay the remaining balance by 31st January if commencing their studies in the autumn, or 30th April if commencing their studies in January.

New overseas self-financing undergraduate students are offered the facility of paying for their whole programme of study in advance at the start of their first year, with the level of fee fixed at that of their first year of study – this does not apply to students undertaking a medical degree. Applications to pay in this way should be made, in writing, to Head of Income and Credit Control prior to the start of the programme.

Please click here for further information with regards to paying your tuition fees. 

If you have any queries about fee payment please contact the Fees Office:

Tel: +44(0)20 7882 7676,  +44 (0)20 7882 3685 or  +44 (0)20 7882 7775
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3024

Step Seven – Prepare your arrangements for paying accommodation costs

If you have been offered QMUL accommodation you will need to ensure you have the necessary funds to pay for the duration of your stay. 

QMUL Accommodation Fees

Fees for accommodation are calculated for a minimum 38-week period; a Licence Agreement is given for a continuous period of occupation from the beginning of the academic session to its end (September to June). Licence lengths for medical and dental students residing in Floyer House (Whitechapel) or Dawson Hall (Charterhouse Square) will vary in accordance with Medical and Dental School term dates.  An invoice for your residential fee payments will be sent to you by email on the commencement date of your licence agreement.

All residence fees are payable termly in advance and are reviewed annually in May/June. See here for up to date residences fee information.

Fees include all energy and cleaning costs of bedrooms and communal areas but exclude the provision of bed linen, towels, crockery/cutlery and cooking utensils.

Step Eight – Check out departmental webpages for updates on your course and your reading lists.

Most Schools and Departments publish reading lists, or further details on the course, prior to your arrival at QMUL. It can be very helpful in preparing for your studies, and will make sure you remain up to date throughout your course. Check the website for your individual School or Department to see if any reading lists have been published.

A list of schools and departments can be found here.

Step Nine - Book onto the International Student Boat Party

Tuesday 20 September 2016 sees the official celebration of the arrival of the new international students at Queen Mary, University of London. What better way is there to celebrate than a party cruise along the River Thames?

The International Boat Party will transport you along the River Thames where you will be able to witness views of the City of London by night including Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. All whilst dancing the night away with a resident DJ on board!

The boat shall depart from departing from Canary Wharf Pier at approximately 6:40pm and return at 11pm.

All students are welcome - home and international!

Tickets cost £20 per person.

6.30pm-11.00pm. Meet at Canary Wharf Pier, Ontario Way, London, E14 8RH

Online ticket bookings will close on 15th September. Tickets will be available to purchase from then on at the Information Point, Library Square.

Boon Now

Step Ten - Book your place on some of the many additional social events

Online ticket bookings will close on 15th September. Tickets will be available to purchase from then on at the Information Point, Library Square.

Monday 19th September 
On Monday 19 September, there will be East London Walking Tours departing from the Mile End Campus. These are designed to welcome you to East London and introduce you to your local area and all the fun things to do right on your doorstep. Small groups will be led by a fully qualified tour guide who will have lots of tips and suggestions for ways to make the most of your time in the area whilst studying at Queen Mary. You will need to book for a specific departure time and the booking process shall open from August 2016: 

Tuesday 20th September

  • Student Welcome Week Boat Party 6:30pm
    Meet at Canary Wharf Pier, Ontario Way, E14 8RH / Cost £20
    Please note: Students will need to make own travel arrangements to Canary Wharf Pier – price of travel not included 

Wednesday 21st September

  • Jack The Ripper Walking Tour 7.30pm
    Meet at Liverpool Street Station, Exit Liverpool Street side / Cost £4
    Please note: Students will need to make own travel arrangements to Liverpool Street Station – price of travel not included
  • Ghosts of London Walking Tour 7.30pm
    Meet at St Pauls Cathedral (at the front of the cathedral, bottom of the steps.) Nearest tube – St Pauls / Cost £4
  • Jack The Ripper Walking Tour 8pm
    Meet at Liverpool Street Station, Exit Liverpool Street side / Cost £4
    Please note: Students will need to make own travel arrangements to Liverpool Street Station – price of travel not included
  • Ghosts of London Walking Tour 8pm
    Meet at St Pauls Cathedral (at the front of the cathedral, bottom of the steps.) Nearest tube – St Pauls / Cost £4

Thursday 22nd September

Friday 23rd September

  • Campus Treasure Hunt 2pm
    Get together in teams on an exciting hunt around campus! / Cost £1
    Meet at the Information Point, Library Square


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