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Pre-arrival information

Welcome to all the essential pre-arrival information and guidance we will send you before you begin your studies at Queen Mary, all in one handy area for you to refer to before your departure and as you arrive on campus to study abroad with us!

Countdown to Queen Mary

Our fortnightly Countdown to Queen Mary newsletters give you step-by-step advice and instructions to help you prepare for your time at Queen Mary University of London.

We send the newsletters to you from April, if you are joining us for the autumn semester, or from October if you are joining us for the spring semester. You will only start receiving your newsletters once you have an offer to study with us. Please review all issues of the newsletter to ensure you don't miss any important information. 

You can refer to all previous Countdown Newsletters here:

Countdown to Queen Mary #1 (The Basics) 

Countdown to Queen Mary #2 (Visas & Immigration) 

Countdown to Queen Mary #3 (COVID-19 update & student life at Queen Mary)

Countdown to Queen Mary #4 (Module Registration Instructions) 

Countdown to Queen Mary #5 (Join the Facebook group)

Countdown to Queen Mary #6 (Arrival Guide)

Countdown to Queen Mary #7 (Support Services)

Countdown to Queen Mary #8 (Getting to Campus)

Countdown to Queen Mary #9 (Orientation Schedule) 

Countdown to Queen Mary #10 (Welcome to Queen Mary!)


Accommodation (Housing)

Your eligibility for university accommodation varies depending on which exchange programme you are on (You can check this by looking at the Accommodation webpage for your programme). If you are entitled to university accommodation, you need to apply for it before the Residences deadline (You’ll be sent more information on this in our Countdown newsletters).

Visas and immigration

Our Advice and Counselling Service has the latest immigration information and can guide you through the process.

Module registration

One of the many strengths of our academic programme is its flexibility. Our Countdown newsletters will give you details of the modules that are available, so you can pre-register for them before you arrive. You can also find out more on our Academic Information page for your programme. Module registration opens in May/June for autumn semester students and early November for spring semester. We will contact you prior to this via email with full details.

Free airport pickup from Heathrow Airport

Due to COVID-19, we are unfortunately unable to run our usual Airport Collection service from Heathrow this year. However, there are several options that students can utilise to make their own way to Mile End campus. Please review Countdown to Queen Mary #8 (Getting to Campus) for more details. 

Living costs

For information on living costs, please visit our Advice and Counselling Service’s page Planning a budget and managing your money.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact us on

Your Pre-arrival checklist

  • Accept your offer to study at Queen Mary (and supply any further required information if you were made a Conditional offer) 
  • Apply for University accommodation as soon as possible and by the deadline indicated by Residential Services (if you are eligible and want to stay on campus)
  • Read all Countdown Newsletters sent to you via email
  • Join us on social media, read our student blogs, watch our videos to find out more about life at Queen Mary
  • Submit your module choices online when Module Registration opens
  • Sign your accommodation contract online (not applicable to Erasmus+ students)
  • Apply for your visa (if applicable) and ensure you have the relevant documents with you
  • Plan your travel to London and to Queen Mary
  • Book your airport collection service to Queen Mary (if you want to join)
  • Read all correspondence (including the Countdown newsletters) from Queen Mary carefully
  • Pre-enrol online
  • Plan your budget
  • Plan your fee payments – if applicable
  • Prepare for your studies - read any emails from academic schools and complete any actions
  • Read through your online Arrivals Guide
  • Download the Queen Mary App - here you can access timetables (when available) and lots of useful information
  • Pack your suitcase and hand luggage
  • Arrive in London and move into your accommodation
  • Join us at the Welcome Programme at Queen Mary!