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 or receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) by post
If you applied for a visa before travelling to the UK you will either receive your BRP by post or you must collect it from the Post Office. Follow the instructions below.
Receiving your BRP by post
If you applied for a visa before travelling to the UK and are expecting to collect your BRP from Durham University (see your visa decision letter for confirmation), the Student Immigration Office is currently closed and it will not be possible to collect your BRP from us in person.
Your BRP will not be delivered to the Student Immigration Office, instead, UK Visas & Immigration will send it to you at your address in the UK.
We will contact you directly once UKVI have informed us that your BRP is ready to be issued and ask you for your address and other details. We will then give your details to UKVI who will contact you to arrange delivery of your BRP.
We do not know how long this process will take and it may be some weeks before you receive your BRP. There is no deadline for delivery of your BRP if it is being posted to you.
Collecting your BRP from the Post Office
If you did not enter the Alternative Collection Location code when you applied, your visa decision letter will tell you to collect your BRP from Durham Post Office which is located within WHSmith, Market Square, Durham, DH1 3NJ.
If you chose to collect your BRP from Durham Post Office, Market Square, Durham, DH1 3NJ (see your visa decision letter for confirmation) you can collect this once your isolation period has been completed. If you are unable to collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK, you must collect it before your 90 day entry visa (vignette) in your passport expires.
Your BRP will only be held for this period. Once you have collected your BRP, you can complete your Right to Study Check online (see below).
If your visa decision letter tells you to collect your BRP from a different Post Office, you must collect it from there.
You must present your passport when collecting your BRP and, if possible, your visa decision letter.
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 your Right to Study Check
If you are in the UK and from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you must complete a Right to Study Check online before starting your study in person at Durham University. The University will check and verify that your passport and visa / Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) allow you to remain in the UK and study at the University.
You must complete a Right to Study Check if:
- You are attending Durham University in person from October 2020; and
- You are now in the UK and have received or collected your new BRP; or
- You are in the UK and have recently applied for a new BRP to study at Durham but have not yet received it
Do not complete the Right to Study Check if:
- You have not yet arrived in the UK; or
- You plan to study remotely for the first term and attend the University from January 2021 (you do not need to inform us of this)
The Right to Study Check would normally be undertaken in person but is being carried out online in 2020 due to restrictions in place in response to COVID-19.
- To complete the Right to Study Check you must log in using your University email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password
- You will not be able to access the Right to Study Check if you are already logged into another Microsoft account
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, you are required complete and submit the following forms:
- Information sharing consent form - giving consent for your information to be shared with Health Services and Durham University
Once you have completed both forms, email them to the TB Team (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust) at email@example.com
In some cases, may be required to attend an x-ray at University Hospital of North Durham or Mantoux screening at the University Health Centre.
You will be given details about this if it is required.
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 UK Entry Clearance visa your passport.
You must book an appointment with them online in advance.