How do I apply for a visa and where do I report to while I'm at Sidney?

The UK operates a points-based immigration system underpinned by the principle of visa sponsorship.

All the information you require to obtain a Tier 4 visa, what is expected of you at the University, and sponsorship duties can be found on the International Students Immigration website.

You'll also find important information on Arrival, Healthcare in the UK, and Orientation Sessions.

Undergraduate Freshers BRP collection

The College will be distributing BRPs for those students who have selected collection from the University (and not from the Post Office) on their visa application. Please see link for further guidance: 

Students are advised by the Home Office to collect their BRP within 10 days. This does not apply in the following circumstances:

  • to students who will collect their BRP from their College.
  • to students who will collect their BRP from the Post Office and need to self-isolate on arrival. They should collect their BRP as soon as possible after the 14 day self-isolation period.
Termly reporting

Termly reporting will take place electronically and you will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office via email.

Once term has started, you will be required to report to the College regularly to comply with Border Agency requirements. You will be contacted at the start of each term to remind you to do this.

Please remember that you must notify the Postgraduate Office of any future changes to your visa.

Police registration

Some students need to register with the police depending on their nationality. The Police Station in Cambridge advises that students should not book an appointment until after they have arrived in the UK and you must bring either your BRP or your visa decision letter.  For those who need to self-isolate on arrival, the appointment should be booked for after this period. A booking system is available on our website: Appointments will take place at the Police Station.

International student guide

The University's International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival information on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective.

Please contact the Postgraduate Office if you have any queries (B2, Hall Court).