Global Opportunities

Pre-arrival information

This page introduces you to all the essential pre-arrival information and guidance we will send you before you begin your studies at Queen Mary, so you can get off to a flying start.

Countdown to Queen Mary

Our fortnightly Countdown newsletter gives you step-by-step advice and instructions to help you prepare for your time at Queen Mary.

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 newlstters 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 find links to Countdown Newsletters posted here once we begin sending them for the semester ahead. 

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Accommodation

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. Find out more here.

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

We arrange a free bus service to Queen Mary for all our new EU and students who arrive at Heathrow on our specified arrival dates. Our Countdown newsletter will give you more information. You can also find out more here.

Living costs

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

Arrivals Guide

Our Arrivals Guide is your essential guide to living and studying at Queen Mary. The spring 2019 version is available online here: Arrival Guide (spring 2019) [PDF 16,476KB]

We will also send you a PdF version in your Countdown Newsletter - you'll be given a hard copy of the Guide at the Welcome Progamme when you arrive, so you don't have to pack it.

The Arrivals Guide for spring 2019 autumn/full year 2019 will be available in August 2019. If you have any questions please contact us on study-abroad@qmul.ac.uk

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
  • Apply for your visa or 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!