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Preparing to study at St Mary's

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.

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.

Online enrolment

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.

How to pay tuition fees

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

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.

Book your free airport pick-up

We will be operating a pick-up service from Heathrow Terminal 3 on September 5th 2017 and 23rd January 2018. The service is free, but you must book on our website to reserve your place.

Getting to St Mary's from the airport

London Heathrow

The cheapest route to campus is by bus. From Heathrow Central Bus Station take the 285 (towards Kingston) or the X26 (towards Croydon) and get off at the Teddington Broad Street stop. From the same bus stop you can then take the 33 towards Hammersmith. This journey will only take a few minutes and you should get off at the 'St Mary's University' stop on Waldegrave Road.

For route and bus stop maps please see the Transport for London website  and enter the number of the bus you would like to take.

You can also get to campus by taxi  (approximately £40).

London Gatwick

Take a train from the South Terminal to Clapham Junction Railway Station. At Clapham Junction, change to a train towards Strawberry Hill Railway Station.

St Mary's is a five minute walk from Strawberry Hill station. Turn left when you leave the station, then walk past Premier Wine and the Post Office on your left and take the second road on your right, which is Waldegrave Gardens. At the end of Waldegrave Gardens, turn right onto Waldegrave Road and St Mary's main reception will be on your left.

Making yourself comfortable

If you're living on campus, you'll receive a bedding pack that includes a pillow, duvet and sheets when you move into your room.

Housewares and toiletries are easily accessible in the UK, so it's smart to pack light and plan to buy most things here. On the other hand, you may want to bring a few items to remind you of home, especially foods that are hard to find in the UK.

Important items to keep with you

You'll need to bring the following through immigration with you:

  • your passport
  • your visa
  • St Mary's offer letter
  • proof that you can support yourself financially

Make sure that any valuables are in your hand luggage, along with your bank cards and any items you'll need in the first few days in the unlikely event your luggage goes missing (medications, a change of clothes, cash, your toothbrush and toothpaste).

Pre-departure information

We will send you a tailored series of pre-departure emails in the weeks before you join us. Please be sure to read these for important information you'll need to know as you make your final preparations.

Follow us on social media

As your start date approaches, you'll be invited to join our closed Facebook groups for study abroad, undergraduate and postgraduate students. In the meantime, please like our St Mary's Worldwide Facebook page and follow St Mary's Worldwide on Twitter.