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Preparing to study at St Mary's

1: Check the term dates

Term dates for 2018/19 are listed below. Some courses - such as our PGCE programmes - have different calendars. Further term date information is available.

Arrival day (pick-up service from Heathrow Airport and on-campus accommodation opens) 4th September 2018 --
Semester 1 International Orientation 5th September 2018 7th September 2018
London walking tour and scavenger hunt 8th September 2018 --
Semester 1 Welcome Week 10th September 2018 16th September 2018
Semester 1 Teaching 17th September 2018 14th December 2018
Move out of on-campus accommodation by midday 16th December 2018 --
Christmas Break
Semester 1 Examination Period 7th January 2019 18th January 2019
Arrival day (pick-up service from Heathrow Airport and on-campus accommodation opens, study abroad only) 22nd January 2019 --
Semester 2 International Orientation (study abroad only) 23rd January 2019 26th January 2019
London walking tour and scavenger hunt 25th January 2019 --
Semester 2 Teaching Teaching 28th January 2019

12th April 2019

Easter Break
Semester 2 Teaching Continues 29th April 2019 24th May 2019
Semester 2 Examination Period 13th May 2019 24th May 2019
Move out of on-campus accommodation by midday 26th May 2019 --

View all term dates

2: Apply for your visa

Ensure you apply for your visa (if necessary) well in advance of your course starting. Check our visa guidance for more information. You'll also need to pay your tuition fee deposit (if required) before we can issue the CAS you'll need to apply for your visa.

3: Find accommodation

Our students choose a variety of living options, from University accommodation to private housing in the green and leafy local area. Our Accommodation Office is a great source of information and we've also put together a guide of your accommodation options.

If you'll be living in private accommodation you may need to provide the name of a guarantor based in the UK. Our housing partner, Housing Hand, is available to provide this service.

4: Arrange insurance

If you live on campus, you will receive basic contents insurance to cover your possessions. This is provided to you automatically. We recommend that you also purchase travel insurance, which will cover you while you're travelling.

If you study at St Mary's for longer than six months you will pay the NHS surcharge. If you have paid this - or have a European Health Insurance Card - then you will be eligible to use NHS services for your medical care without additional charges.

If you don't qualify for free NHS care, then you will pay at the point of use for these medical services. It's very important that you purchase private health insurance before coming to the UK. When receiving medical treatment, you should ask for a receipt. You can submit this to your insurance provider, who will reimburse you in line with your insurance policy.

5: Enrol online

Before you arrive at St Mary's you'll need to enrol online. Instructions on how to do this will be sent to you nearer to when you begin your studies.

6: Pay your tuition fees onlines

The easiest way to pay your deposit and fees is through our online payment system.