Tips for your September arrival

The view of Leicester from the Leicester ISC residence accommodation, St Georges Tower.

September has arrived and now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to Leicester! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

At University of Leicester International Study Centre, term starts Monday 19th September. Be sure to arrive on time for induction at 10am.

Be prepared

Before catching your flight to Leicester you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Before you leave:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Book your flights
  • Complete the pre-arrival form
  • Book your taxi transfer

It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to Leicester and during your first week.

What to bring with you on your first day:

  • Evidence of your Secure English language test
  • Passport and visa
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while traveling.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.

During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, Leicester and the International Study Centre. This week is often called “induction”. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might you have some extra time to explore your new home city. Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England and a multi-cultural city with lots of great food and entertainment. The city is host to dozens of free museums, historic landmarks and notable arts venues.

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. Leicester has a great transportation system, including buses and rail which provides easy travel to Sheffield, London and other interesting English cities. A route of the National Cycle Network also runs through the city.

This is an exciting time to head to Leicester, with a lot of annual events and festivals taking place.

Happening in September:

  • Leicester International Music Festival – In its 28th year, this chamber music festival celebrates the strong musical tradition of Leicester.
  • The Belgrave Hall Good Food Fair – Taking place in the beautiful grounds of the historic Belgrave Hall, the Good Food Fair brings organic foods, drinks, and cakes from local producers.
  • King Richard III Audio & Walking Tour – Walking tours are a great way to get to know your new home city. With this self-guided tour you will visit fives sites in the city with a strong connection to King Richard III. You can download the map online and access the tour from your smartphone.

Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help.

Other useful websites for planning your time in Leicester: