Postgraduate courses starting January 2021
Please note that the information on this page is valid until Monday, 5 October when visa rules will change.
Congratulations on receiving an offer of a place to study at Ravensbourne University London.
Please take a moment to read our Coronavirus (COVID-19) related immigration advice for prospective Student Route Visa Students
The following information regards the next steps in the process and a list of things you need to do before you begin your studies at Ravensbourne.
A conditional offer means that you have not yet fulfilled the criteria set by Ravensbourne in your offer letter, such as academic requirements, English language or other entry requirements (please refer to your offer letter).
We encourage you to please read the conditions of your offer letter very carefully. Once you have met the conditions of your offer, you must contact the international department who will then assess that you are eligible to be upgraded* to an unconditional offer in order for Ravensbourne to be able to issue a CAS.
An unconditional offer means that you have been offered a place to study at Ravensbourne and do not have any outstanding conditions which need to be met before you can be accepted onto the course.
Once you have accepted your offer, you can pay your £5,000 non-refundable CAS deposit (this amount will be credited to your total tuition fees (first-year fees for undergraduate students) deposit, submit your bank statements for assessment and then receive your CAS letter.
*Please remember to ensure that you have the required maintenance and course funds in your/parent's bank account for 28 consecutive days prior to successfully achieving the conditions of your offer as the visa application process can be lengthy.
NB: Please carefully read our Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions here. By accepting an offer for a place to study at Ravensbourne University London you agree to all of Ravensbourne's Student Contract/Terms and Conditions as well as the Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions.
Please confirm your acceptance by clicking the 'Accept' button located at the bottom of your offer letter, which can be found on your International Admission Portal (HEIapply) account, within 14 days of receipt of the letter or as soon as possible.
If you applied through UCAS or UKPASS, you will also need to accept your offer on the UCAS Track website.
By accepting your offer you are agreeing to Ravensbourne's general student terms and conditions which include the Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions (applicable to Tier 4 students). Please read them carefully before you accept your offer.
If you are awaiting your exam results please ensure that you upload the results as soon as they are available to your account on the online International Admissions Portal. You will need to bring the original certificates and transcripts when you enrol at Ravensbourne (unless your academic quals can be verified online e.g. UCAS).
Your offer will remain conditional until you have provided us with any outstanding academic documents (if required) and you will not be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) until you have submitted all required documents/information.
N.B: Please note that you will need to bring your original academic certificates and/or transcripts (unless your academic quals can be verified online e.g. UCAS), if you were made an offer on this basis, when you attend the in-person enrolment session at Ravensbourne.
If you are awaiting results of your English Language test please ensure that you upload the results as soon as it is available to your account on our online International Admissions Portal. You will need to bring the original certificate when you enrol at Ravensbourne (unless Ravensbourne is able to verify your results online with the test provider e.g. IELTS).
Please note that you will not receive an unconditional offer or be issued with a CAS until we have received evidence of your English language ability (if you were required to submit this).
You will need to bring the original certificate when you enrol at Ravensbourne (unless Ravensbourne is able to verify your results online with the test provider e.g. IELTS).
Other documents required for an unconditional offer
These may include submitting a copy of the bio page of your current passport, copies of any previous Tier 4 visas you have held, or an academic reference. Please ensure you upload these documents as soon as possible to your account on the online International Admissions Portal (HEIapply).
Once you have been given an unconditional offer you will be reminded via HEIapply to provide us with any outstanding documents and/or prepare the required documents for a CAS. You must do the following before we can issue your CAS:
*US Federal Student Loans recipients are exempt from the requirement to pay the £5,000 CAS deposit.
Ravensbourne can only issue a CAS when you have met the following conditions:
The tuition fee amount you need to show evidence of to the UKVI will be indicated in your CAS letter which will be provided by Ravensbourne.
Ravensbourne International tuition fees details
Please note that the remainder of your tuition fees must be paid by or on enrolment (enrolment dates) unless you are a US Student Loan recipient or your official sponsor has paid Ravensbourne directly.
N.B: Please note that once we have received all required documents and/or fee payment your CAS will normally be issued within 5 working days from the date of receipt.
Issuing a CAS and/or a CAS Letter does not guarantee that an applicant will be successful in securing a UK visa/leave to remain permission. Ravensbourne is not responsible for any decisions made by the Home Office/UKVI and cannot accept any liability for an applicant failing to obtain a visa/leave to remain and/or for the consequences and/or losses (whether financial or otherwise) of such failure. Nor is Ravensbourne liable for consequences of declining to issue a CAS/CAS Letter for an applicant on request.
For more information on the conditions that must be met before a CAS is issued please refer to our CAS Insurance Policy and the Visas and Immigration section of our website.
Once we have issued your CAS and you have received your CAS letter from us, you should be able to apply for your Student Route visa.
If you are applying for a visa from outside of the UK, please refer to the visa and immigration section of our website for information on the visa application process, completing the online application form and credibility interviews for visa applications made outside and inside the UK.
Please provide us with a copy of your visa once it has been approved.
Please tell us if you require help in finding accommodation by email, using the phrase "Ravensbourne accommodation required" in the subject line, and in your message please state your name, Ravensbourne ID number and course of study.
For more information, please visit our accommodation page
Once you have received your 30/90-day visa (short-term) or confirmation of submission of your Student Route visa application, please send a copy of the visa vignette and UKVI decision letter (if available) to the Admissions team or upload them to your Admissions portal account.
All incoming students are also required to complete the main Ravensbourne online enrolment task before arriving at Ravensbourne. The invitation to complete the online enrolment task will be sent to you via email or the admission portal.
N.B: Please note that your Ravensbourne online enrolment task should be done prior to your arrival at Ravensbourne.
Please ensure that you read all relevant terms and conditions e.g. Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions before completing the online enrolment task.
2020/2021 term dates
You will be sent an enrolment pack providing you with details about enrolment, induction and orientation. You must ensure that you arrive at Ravensbourne in time for enrolment and induction.
It is very important that you contact us immediately if your mailing address, phone number or email addresses change.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our in-person enrolment schedule has been amended. We will provide you with further information about in-person enrolment and induction in due course.
All students are required to provide the original certificates and documentation at enrolment to confirm their qualifications, identity, and status unless given permission to submit copies/scans due to particular circumstances.
What you need to bring:
Where these originals are not available in English, certified translations will be required as proof of eligibility to study at Ravensbourne.
Should you require special assistance for enrolment please kindly let us know.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions virtual inductions and orientation sessions will be held.
Below are some transport options for getting from the airport to your accommodation/central London and Ravensbourne.
This is a relatively inexpensive way of getting from the airport to your accommodation, however, if you have a lot of luggage you may find it difficult to store all your luggage on the train.
Go to National Rail website for more information.
Long-distance bus services (coaches) are inexpensive and popular with students.National Express Coaches run regular services from all London airports into central London and costs between £20-40, however you may need to get a taxi from the coach station to your accommodation, so getting the coach whilst cheaper than a taxi may not be the most convenient.
Many people use the Tube to get around London. There is a Tube station at Heathrow airport, but not at any other airports near London.
If you have a lot of luggage it can be difficult to use the tube as most stations do not have a lift (elevator). The Tube can be extremely crowded at ‘rush hour’ (weekdays) and on weekends.
Go to the TFL page for more information.
‘Private hire’ taxis, or ‘minicabs’ are car services that must be booked in advanced (via online booking or telephone), and in many cases can be found directly outside places such as train stations, or at designated 'Taxi Ranks'.
Here are some taxi options:
Heathrow Taxis and minicabs (website providing a list of minicabs service), you can put in the number of passengers, amount of luggage and destination and receive a quote before booking.
London Heathrow cars
Do not take unlicensed taxis from the airport - book online to get the best price.
Black cabs: These are iconic black taxis popular in London. Whilst travelling in a ‘black cab’ is something you should experience during your stay in the UK, please do not take a ‘black cab’ to travel from Heathrow or any other airport to your accommodation as they are very expensive.
Airport transfer service: Host International airport transfer.
Specific Airport transportation information
More information on transport options from London airports are available on the respective websites: London Heathrow Airport website and London Gatwick Airport website (click on the taxis and mini cabs option, buses/coaches or underground buttons).
If you wish to stay overnight in London during your journey, you should try to arrange accommodation before you leave your home country. You can book accommodation (using a credit card) before you come to the UK by contacting an organisation such as VisitBritain, the London Tourist Board, the Youth Hostel Association, or International Students’ House. If you arrive in London without accommodation there are hotel booking agencies at all the major train stations, which can help you find accommodation. Alternatively, you may go to one of the London Tourist Board offices at Liverpool Street Station, Victoria Station or Heathrow Airport if you arrive there. Do not accept offers from agents who may approach you at train stations (especially Victoria) – use one of the offices mentioned above.
Please visit our location page for information on how to get to Ravensbourne.
Please refer to our guide on applying for a Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK for tips on travelling to the UK and UK entry.
Visit the UKCISA website for more advice on arriving in the UK.
Please ensure that you travel with all of the documents that you used to apply for your visa. We highly recommend that you pack the following documents in your hand luggage, not your checked baggage so that they are readily available when the immigration officer asks to see them (if you are not eligible to use the e-gates) in most cases you will not be permitted to use your phone:
In most cases international students will only be able to open an account that offers basic banking facilities. The type of documentation you will need to provide to open an account varies from bank to bank; you will therefore need to take this into consideration when choosing a bank.
Which documents do I need to open an account?
Please refer to the British Bankers' Association Guide to UK Banking for International Students for more information on opening a UK bank account and a list of UK banks.
As part of your visa application (if coming to the UK for 6 months or longer) you will be required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (this also will apply to any Student Route dependants travelling with you). The Immigration Health Surcharge entitles students to access most NHS care in the UK free of charge in the same way as a permanent UK resident.
To receive NHS treatment, you must register with a doctor. Click on the link below to search for GPs (surgeries) that are located close to where you live: register at a medical centre.
When you go to register with a doctor you will need to produce documentation to prove your identity and address. Documents required may include:
We recommend that you check with the surgery for information on any specific documents they require prior to your appointment. Once you have registered, you should be sent an NHS card, though this can sometimes take several months to arrive. This confirms that you are now eligible for NHS treatment. You should keep the card in a safe place and always take it with you when you visit the dentist, doctor's surgery or hospital.
Trying to find a doctor when you are ill is an unnecessary pressure that should be avoided. So please register at a medical centre as soon as possible.
What does NHS registration entitle you to?
What will you need to pay for?
Medication prescribed by your doctor (also known as a prescription drug) currently costs £8 per item.
What is Council Tax?
CT (Council Tax) is a charge that local councils set to help pay for services they provide. CT is charged on most homes including houses, flats, houseboats and mobile homes.
Who is exempt from paying Council Tax?
Households where everyone’s a full-time student do not have to pay Council Tax. If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption
To count as a full-time student, your course must:
If you live with someone who is not a full time student you are likely to be sent a bill from the Council, however, you may still qualify for the student exemption/discount.
You should also be exempt from paying Council Tax if you are under 18.
How do I apply for Council Tax exemption?
To apply for the Council Tax exemption please request a Council Tax Exemption letter here. Once you have your letter please submit it to the relevant Council Tax office. You should pay your Council Tax, if your receive a bill, until you have received written confirmation from the Council that you are exempt from paying Council Tax.
Student Route visa holders are not normally eligible to receive Council Tax exemption once their course has ended.
Everyone who works in the UK needs to have a National Insurance (NI) Number which is a unique personal reference number for all your tax/employment affairs. If you are an international or EEA student and want to work in the UK you will need to apply for a NI once you are in the UK.
You can apply for a National Insurance number by telephoning the application helpline.
The telephone operator will ask you a number of questions including:
The phone call will last approximately 10 – 20 minutes.
If the operator considers you to be eligible for a National Insurance number on the basis of the information you have given, they will book an appointment for you to have an interview at one of the local offices (they will provide the address).
Please go to the UK government website for more information on the application process.
Please contact the Admissions department or Compliance if you have further questions about the process.
16+ Zip Oyster photocard
If you are on a 1 year Foundation Programme and were aged 18 or under on 31 August, you should be eligible for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard.
More information on the 16+ Zip Oyster photocard and the application process.
18+ Student Oyster photocard
An 18+ Student Oyster photocard entitles you to a 30% discount when you buy a weekly or monthly travelcard. In order to apply, you need to be at least 18 years old and meet the eligibility criteria specified by Transport for London (TFL). There is a charge of £20.00 for each application.
As a new student at Ravensbourne you will need to apply for an Oyster Card online by logging onto the TFL website. In order to complete your application online, you will need a passport sized digital photograph of yourself available to upload from your computer along with credit or debit card details for paying the £20.00 application fee. You will also need your student ID number (this will be on your Ravensbourne student ID card).
TfL will ask Ravensbourne to confirm that you are fully enrolled. Please make sure you do not apply for your 18+ Student Oyster photocard until you have fully enrolled. If you apply before you are fully enrolled at Ravensbourne your application will be put on hold, and it will take longer for your application to be validated by Ravensbourne.
When you do make your application, ensure that the details you enter match those on your student record, including your full name. If they do not match your application will be rejected by Ravensbourne.
Please note that during busy periods, such as enrolment, there may be a delay in validating your application
Once your application has been validated by us, TFL will process the rest of your application and will then send your card to the UK address you provided. If you have not received your photocard after three weeks, call the TFL helpline to check the status of your application.
16-25 Rail Card
If you are aged between 16 - 25 or if you are over 26 and a full time student studying for over 15 hours a week, at least 20 weeks a year (distance learning and part-time courses do not qualify), you could be eligible for the 16 - 25 rail card. You must be fully enrolled and not have an outstanding debt with Ravensbourne in order for us to approve your application.
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