Arriving at Durham
Durham University is required to ensure that all students have the right to study in the UK before starting study and at the beginning of every academic year you continue your study. This includes students who hold a Tier 4 (General) visa and students who have permission in any other immigration category.
The information below explains what you need to to do when you arrive so that you can complete the registration process and begin your study at Durham:
Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
If you applied for a visa before travelling to the UK you must collect your new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the location stated on your visa decision letter.
Collecting your BRP from the University
If you chose to collect your BRP from the University, you can do this at the same time you present your passport and visa for verification at the Palatine Centre, Durham University.
You can collect your BRP when you arrive at the University, after the date stated on your visa decision letter, even if it is more than 10 days after you arrive in the UK.
You can collect your BRP Monday - Friday, between 9.00am & 4.30pm only.
Collecting your BRP from a Post Office
If you did not choose to collect your BRP from the University, you must collect it from the Post Office stated on your visa decision letter.
You must present your passport when collecting your BRP and, if possible, your visa decision letter.
Please note: You must collect your BRP after the date stated on your visa decision letter and within 10 days of arriving in the UK or before your 30 day entry visa expires, whichever is later.
Nominating someone to collect your BRP on your behalf
If you are unable to collect your BRP yourself (for example you are under 18 or have a disability which prevents you from collecting it) you can nominate someone to collect your BRP on your behalf. This must be confirmed before they collect your BRP for you.
Complete the Permission to Study Check
If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), the University is required to check that you have (or have applied for) a valid Tier 4 visa / BRP or other immigration permission which allows you to remain in the UK and study at the University on your chosen programme.
You must have a Permission to Study Check when you first arrive and at the start of each academic year in order to be fully registered on your programme and to maintain access to email, DUO, library and other University facilties.
If you have recently applied for a visa / BRP in the UK but you have not yet received it, you can complete the registration process by providing us with evidence of your application and then complete the Permission to Study Check when you receive your new BRP. Follow the link below for details:
Attend Medical (TB) Screening (if required)
Students from certain countries are required to be undergo a Tuberculosis (TB) test before applying for a visa to come to the UK for more than 6 months.
As part of the University registration process, if you are from one of the affected countries, the National Health Service (NHS) will ask you to complete a short questionnaire as part of the Passport & Visa verification events in September and October.
*If you arrive at a different time of the year, your details will be forwarded to the NHS for them to contact you if neccesary.
In some cases, you may be required attend an x-ray at University Hospital of North Durham or Mantoux screening at the University Health Centre.
Register with the Police (if required)
Students from certain countries are required by law to register with the Police within 7 days of arriving in the UK. If you are required to register with the Police, this condition will be shown on the 30 day entry clearance visa your passport.
Police are present at the Palatine Centre throughout the year and you must book an appointment with them online in advance.
- Appointments are not always available within 7 days of arrival in the UK and therefore you must book the first appointment available to you. You should do this within 7 days of arriving in the UK (if appointments are available) even if the appointment date is after the 7 day period.