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Pre-Arrival Information

International Students

Pre-Arrival Information

Information for International offer holders about when to arrive, visas, orientation, induction and more.

Congratulations on holding an offer to study at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen! We look forward to welcoming you to the University.

We hope to help provide you with some useful information to help you prepare for your departure, and your first few weeks as an RGU student here in the UK.

Before you leave home

Visa Information

Our Student Admissions Service are dedicated to supporting you throughout your visa application process.

We have a specialist team in Immigration that can help you with your Student Visa application.

Get prepared – helpful research

We recommend that you visit the British Council’s Study in the UK website, as this has lots of helpful advice to prepare ahead of your departure from your home country. 

Before you start packing, please familiarise yourself with the UK Government’s rules on what you can bring into the country. There are several food stuffs you are not allowed to enter the country with, as well as there being a limit on the volume of alcohol and cigarettes you can carry with you.

Don’t worry about packing items you think you will not find here. Aberdeen is a multi-cultural welcoming city with many international supermarkets which cater for a variety of cuisines.

Travelling to join us in Aberdeen 

If you are planning to travel to the UK during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years please ensure that you follow the Government requirements that you need to adhere to. These differ depending on the country you are travelling from (including those you travel through in the 10 days before arriving in the UK) as this will inform you if you need to follow the advice relevant to coming from a Red, Amber or Green list country.

This information is regularly updated so we recommend checking this often as countries can change status quickly.

By Air 

If you are planning to travel to Aberdeen by air, many of the major airline carriers will allow international  students a complimentary extra baggage allowance with proof of study, such as your Unconditional offer letter or student visa. This must be arranged in advance of travel so please speak to your airline at the point of booking your ticket.

Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) is a small, single terminal airport, with several international connections from London, Amsterdam and Paris each day. If Aberdeen is your first point of landing in the UK, you will travel through UK Border Control here. If you transit via other UK airports, such as Heathrow, Manchester or Glasgow, you will pass through UK Border Control there.

For students arriving in the UK at this time, it is mandatory to complete a Passenger Location Form, 48 hours ahead of arrival in the UK. You will be asked to present this at UK Border Control.

Face coverings are also compulsory at all UK airports at this time, for all arriving and departing passengers, so please remember to pack one in your hand luggage. 

Options for onward travel from Aberdeen airport to your student accommodation include:


There is a regulated taxi rank outside the terminal of the airport, which has taxis 24 hours a day. It will cost approx. £30 to travel to Garthdee campus from the airport. Unregulated taxis are not allowed into the grounds of the airport.


There is a regular bus service, Jet 727, which runs 24 hours a day from outside the airport terminal and takes you to the bus station in the city centre. A ticket costs around £3.50. 

By Rail/Bus/Coach 

Aberdeen has both a train station and a bus station located in the city centre, both with regular services to other UK cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. 

There is a taxi rank located at the train station, which runs 24 hours a day. It will cost approximately £18 for a taxi to the Garthdee campus from the city centre. There is also a very regular local bus service which operates from a short distance away from the train and bus stations, on Union Street. This bus service connects the city of Aberdeen, with many different routes offered. If travelling to campus, please take First Bus, Route 1 or Route 2.

From the 22 June 2020, face coverings are mandatory on all public transport in Scotland. 

Money Matters

We advise all international students to travel with a small amount of cash with them, to cover your expenses for the first few days until your new bank account is set up. Ideally you want to bring this cash in £GBP, £250-£500 should be enough.

As it will take you a short while to set up your UK bank account, you may wish to consider a pre-paid credit card from your home country which will allow you to make withdrawals with ease in the UK. Some example companies which offer this are WeSwap and Revolut.

Information about how to set up your UK bank account is included in the Welcome Toolkit you will have access to on CampusMoodle, once you have enrolled online. This information includes how to set up a UK bank account whilst in self-isolation. Please note, you will require a bank support letter and proof of address to set up your bank account, which you can request from the Student Help Point, or via AskRGU. More information about this is included in the ‘Finance and Banking Advice’ section of the Welcome Toolkit on CampusMoodle.

Enrolling and commencing your studies with RGU 

More information about the enrolment process and commencing your studies will shortly be available.

Induction and Freshers2021 Week Events

More information about the enrolment Induction and Freshers2021 Welcome Week Events will shortly be available.

What our return to campus looks like

We are looking forward to seeing you at the start of term. Take a look our video to see some of the measures we have in place to ensure your safety.



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