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It is important that you budget carefully during your studies at Warwick. As a minimum, you would need £800 per month to cover accommodation and living expenses. This does depend upon whether you live on or off campus, and your own lifestyle. It can be hard to calculate how much things will cost in the UK, but using the estimates on the International Student Office pages you should be able to work out your weekly expenditure.

You also need to factor in the costs before you arrive, such as visa fees, health insurance fees, travel insurance, Orientation Programme, and travelling to and from the UK. If you are coming as a fee-paying visiting student, you will also need to consider tuition fees.

If you live off-campus in private accommodation, it is important that you make sure all your possessions are covered against theft and accidental damage. There are many providers of possessions insurance, including the major banks and Endsleigh Insurance.

We strongly recommend that all students have comprehensive health insurance.

You should be able to register with the Medical Centre on campus, however you will need to visit them for further information, and costs may apply.

You should ensure that your insurance covers medical costs for the duration of your stay as well. A reputable company specialising in international student travel and medical insurance is

Endsleigh Insurance.

Tier 4 General Students

From 6 April 2015 Tier 4 General Student visa applicants are required to pay an immigration health charge (IHS) at the point of submitting their visa application. This is not optional and will apply to all applicants and family members applying to come to the UK as their Dependants. The charge will entitle the visa holder to free health services under the National Health Service (NHS) once inside the UK.

All students studying for more than six months will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), at a cost of £200 per year and/ or £100 per part year up to a period of six months. For full details, please refer to the Immigration website.

Entry clearance applications made under the visitor immigration rules will be exempt but applicants using the extending Student Visitor route for English language courses up to 11 months will be charged.

Please note, this information may be subject to change and applicants should always consult the Home Office website for the most up-to-date news. For more information, please also refer to UKCISA website.

Please ensure your vaccinations (also known as inoculations) are up to date before coming to the UK and have a record with you of all the vaccinations that you have had. All students require the Meningitis vaccine. Please ensure you have received the Meningitis ACWY (conjugate vaccine) before leaving your home country. If you are unable to arrange this, register with the Health Centre (or another doctor's surgery) as soon as you arrive at the University and ask to book an appointment with the Practice Nurse. We also recommend that you are vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella and that you have received two doses.

Before you travel, you should purchase travel insurance to cover your journey to the UK. Most travel insurance will cover any problems such as delays, emergency medical treatment, and lost or stolen luggage. You should also research insurance needed for the duration of your stay in the UK, for example medical insurance, mobile, bike or musical instruments. Endsleigh Insurance is the only insurance company recommended by the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK. You can review Endsleigh products on their website.

You should also check with your home university to see what advice they are offering regarding purchasing Travel Insurance in your home country.

Autumn Term Starters

The University of Warwick offers the Welcome to Warwick programme for those beginning in Autumn term, ideal for students new to studying in the UK. The Welcome to Warwick programme is the perfect way to introduce yourself to life at Warwick and in the UK. Enjoy a programme of activities to help you meet other students, explore the local area and get support to help you settle into Warwick and the UK. In our programme, you can choose from a range of services to help you settle in at Warwick. These include airport transfers, accommodation and meal packages.

Please note that there is a compulsory Study Abroad Welcome Meeting on the Friday morning before Autumn term begins for all new study abroad students. Attendance is mandatory. Information on this will be included in your offer letter, and near your arrival further information will be sent directly to you.

Spring Term Starters

Currently there is no Welcome to Warwick Programme for Spring term starters.

Please note that there is a compulsory Study Abroad Welcome Meeting on the first Monday morning of Spring term for all new study abroad students. Attendance is mandatory. Information on this will be included in your offer letter, and near your arrival further information will be sent directly to you.

One of the highlights of a University experience may be having the opportunity to study abroad as part of your studies. Whilst this provides you with a great opportunity to immerse yourself within the UK culture, any change (even positive ones) could produces stress – particularly in cases when you are distanced from your familiar surroundings and social networks; which makes it important to plan for how to look after your emotional wellbeing during this period.

Sometimes it feels like we only should focus on the positives and the opportunities of this experience, but naturally there will be some negatives and down-sides and a coping person will notice these too. Seeking help at an early stage can help to make sure that they do not become more problematic.

Click here for further information from Wellbeing Student Support Services.

Disability is a term which encompasses diversity. Hearing and visual impairments, mental health difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia (Specific Learning Difficulties), mobility impairments, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and 'unseen' disabilities such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes, for example, all come under this broad heading.

The University is aware that many people do not think of themselves as 'disabled'. Nonetheless, we strongly encourage students to declare any difficulty, condition or impairment that could impact on their studies in order that they can be made aware of possible entitlements and the support that is available to assist them to achieve their potential in university study.

The Disability Services website contains information relevant to students with disabilities (accommodation, teaching and learning, accessibility). There is a dedicated Disability Services team that provides support and guidance on matters relating to disabilities and learning difficulties.

For information on how to get to Warwick campus, see the University travel directions page. If you will be arriving by plane we would also recommend that you refer to the arrival pages for international students for guidance on any airport transfers that may be available. Please note this is usually only available for autumn arrivals. International - Airport transfers

The University of Warwick campus is located on the edge of the city of Coventry, bordering the Warwickshire countryside. Approximately travel time using the fastest train route from Coventry station, which is located 3 miles from the Warwick campus

Birmingham - 20 mins

Manchester - 2 hours

Oxford - 50 minutes

London - 1.10 hour

Exeter 3 hours

Edinburgh 5 hours


In common with other UK universities, the University of Warwick equates 2 Warwick credits to 1 ECTS credit. Examples are given below:

30-credit module = 15 ECTS credits

Full-time undergraduate year: 120 credits = 60 ECTS credits

Full-time postgraduate year: 180 credits = 90 ECTS credits

Other Credit Systems

For other nationalities information is provided about equivalences on the International pages.