Arrivals and transport
Further details will be published on this page over the coming months, so please check back.
Before you travel checklist
To do now
- See if you need a student visa for study in the UK.
- Buy travel tickets and travel insurance.
- Visit your dentist/optician as care can be expensive in the UK.
- Read our pages about the city of Bristol.
- Look at GOV.UK's Student arrival guide to help you through passport control when you arrive at the UK Border.
- If you have a disability contact Disability Services to access their full range of support.
- Check the HM Revenue and Customs website to see what you can bring into the UK.
Just before you travel
We will add information here over the next few months.
When to arrive
We organise activites for new students to help you settle in. These take place in Welcome Week, 24-28 September 2018.
Teaching starts on 1 October 2018.
Where we can meet you
Leaving home and arriving in a different country can be overwhelming. We are here to help.
Our friendly Student Ambassadors can meet you at:
- Bristol Airport, arrivals hall (between 21 and 23 September, from 10 am to 6 pm)
- Heathrow Airport, terminal 2/3 central bus station (between 21 and 23 September, from 10 am to 6 pm)
- Bristol Temple Meads train station (between 21 and 23 September, from 9 am to 7 pm)
- Bristol Bus and Coach Station (between 21 and 23 September, from 9 am to 7 pm)
Our Student Ambassadors will be wearing red and white T-shirts and holding University of Bristol signs. They can answer questions and direct you towards trains, coaches or the shuttle bus. If you are delayed, or you arrive at any other time, you must organise your own travel to Bristol.
If you would like us to help you on arrival, please tell us your arrival details.
Free shuttle bus to accommodation
Between 21 and 23 September, from 9 am to 7pm, we will run a free shuttle-bus service from Bristol Coach Station and Bristol Temple Meads Train Station. The shuttle buses will take students to their university accommodation.
Travel from Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport is eight miles (13 km) south of the city and has scheduled flights to many UK and European cities. From Bristol Airport take the Airport Flyer Express bus (service A1) to Bristol Bus and Coach station, which is near the University campus. The bus runs approximately every ten minutes at peak times.
Travel from Heathrow or Gatwick
We recommend you travel by coach from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Bristol Coach Station. Travelling by train involves an underground journey to London, which will add time and cost to your journey.
You can book a coach with two companies:
You can get a 50 per cent discount for National Express by using the link above (at least three days in advance). We recommend buying your ticket in advance online anyway, as coaches can be fully booked on the day. This would delay your journey. It is possible to buy National Express tickets on the day. However, you must ensure you have sufficient cash to pay at the counter.
Buying a coach ticket
When buying your ticket, remember to:
- book a coach that departs three hours (minimum) after your plane arrives, to allow for flight delays and border/passport checks
- buy a 'standard' or 'fully flexible fare', as this allows you to change your ticket (amendments must be made prior to the journey)
- buy additional luggage allowance if you are travelling with more than two medium-sized suitcases.
Arrival by coach
National Express coaches arrive into Bristol Coach Station. From there, you can use the free shuttle bus service to your accommodation. On arrival, speak to one of our International Student Ambassadors.
Megabus coach services arrive into Bond Street, Bristol. If you wish to use the free shuttle bus service to your accommodation, you will need to walk to Bristol Coach Station.
Further travel information
Read UKCISA travel and transport in the UK general information.
If you are planning to arrive before you can move in to your university accommodation, you will have to arrange accommodation. Have a look at where can you stay for more information.
The Welcome Lounge
The International Welcome Lounge is a space for meeting student ambassadors and staff. They will help you with any questions that you may have, explain the registration process and direct you to services across the University.
You will be able to get information about opening bank accounts and about services offered to students. You will be able to pick up a free SIM card and find out about discounted bus transport around Bristol. You will also be able to take part in the International Welcome Lounge social activities. It will be a great opportunity to meet other new students and start making friends.
International Welcome Lounge will be open between 10 to 14 September and 17 to 28 September, from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be located in the Richmond Building - download your Welcome Lounge timetable (PDF, 91kB).
You can to collect the key to your accommodation during arrivals weekend. You will be sent information about arranging your key collection time.
If you arrive before your accommodation is ready, you can find information about hotels and guesthouses in Where to stay.
Find out more about arrivals and moving in.