Tier 4 Offer holder information

International Tier 4

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study at Ravensbourne.

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. Please also visit our New Student Gateway for useful information applicable to all Ravensbourne offer holders. 

1 . Your conditional/unconditional offer

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. Therefore, 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 your agree to all of Ravensbourne's Student Contract/Terms and Conditions as well as the Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions.

2. Accepting your offer

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 also agree to the Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully before you accept your offer. 

3 . Academic requirements

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. 

Your Offer will remain conditional until you have provided us with any outstanding academic documents and you will not be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) until you have submitted all required 

N.B: Please note that you will need to bring your original academic certificates and/or transcripts, if you were made an offer on this basis, when you attend the in-person enrol session at Ravensbourne.

4 . English language test score condition

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.

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.

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).

5 . Obtaining your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Ravensbourne and applying for your Tier 4 Visa

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:

  • Provide us with evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses during your studies. This evidence must be in the form of a bank statement covering 28 consecutive days. You will also be required to show that you have at least £1,265 for each month up to a maximum of nine months which is £11,385 to cover your living costs in the UK;
  • Pay either a £5,000 non-refundable CAS deposit or your full course/tuition fees*. Payment must be made online via our website through Pay to Study; and
  • Provide us with any outstanding documentation (e.g. your passport bio page, copies of your previous Tier 4/UK visa etc.)

*US Federal Student Loans recipients are exempt from the requirement to pay the £5,000 CAS deposit.

Ravenbourne will only issue a CAS when you have met the following conditions:

  • You have formally accepted your unconditional offer;
  • You have provided evidence of all qualifications as requested;
  • You have provided a copy of the passport you intend to use to apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa;
  • You have provided evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses during your studies; and
  • You have paid either the £5,000 non-refundable CAS deposit or your full tuition fees (first year tuition fees for undergraduate students).

Tuition fees

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 2017/18 course fees:

  • Further Education: £9,500
  • Undergraduate: £12,500
  • Postgraduate: £14,000.

Please note that the remainder of your tuition fees must be paid by or on enrolment (i.e. 29 August 2017 for Foundation students, 25 September 2017 for undergraduate students and 11 September 2017 for postgraduate students), unless you are a US Student Loan recipient or your official sponsor has paid Ravenbourne directly.

If you pay full fees before 1 August 2017 you will receive a 5% discount.

N.B: Please note that once we have received all required documents and/or fee payment your CAS will normally be issue 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 Tier 4 Immigration and Visas Guide. 

Applying for your Tier 4 (General) visa

Once we have issued your CAS and you have received your CAS letter from us, you should be able to apply for your Tier 4 visa.

If you are applying for a visa from outside of the UK, please refer to the Visas and Immigration section of our website for information on the visa application process, completing the online application form and Tier 4 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.

6 . Your accommodation

Please tell us if you require help in finding accommodation by via email to: studentservices@rave.ac.uk , 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 

7 . Online pre-enrolment

Once you have received your 30-day visa (short-term) or your post office receipt following your Tier 4 application, please send a copy of the visa vignette and UKVI decision letter to the International Development department. You must then log into your International Admissions Portal online account in order to complete the Tier 4 pre-enrolment task. 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate 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. 

Foundation Education students are required to complete an enrolment form before arriving at Ravensbourne for their in-person enrolment. You will be provided with more information on this shortly.

N.B: Please note that your online pre-enrolment and Ravensbourne general online enrolment task must be done prior to your arrival at Ravensbourne.

Please ensure you read the Tier 4 Student Terms and Conditions before you complete the Tier 4 pre-enrolment and online enrolment tasks. 

8 . Important dates

In-person enrolment

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.

Enrolment and Induction dates 
Please note that you arrive in the UK by the following dates for your in-person enrolment:

  • All Pre-sessional English language students: Postgraduate students: 7 August 2017; Undergraduate students: 14 August 2017
  • Foundation Education students: 29  August 2017
  • Undergraduate students: from 25 September 2017 
  • Postgraduate students: 11 September 2017

Documents you need to bring to enrolment 
All students are required to provide the original certificates and documentation at enrolment to confirm their qualifications, identity, and status. Photocopies, faxed or other non-original documents will not be accepted.

What you need to bring:

  • your original academic qualifications and IELTS test certificate  (if applicable) if this/these were used to gain admission to Ravensbourne.
  • personal identification and immigration documents - current passport, short term visa and UKVI decision letter, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if available and Police Registration Certificate (if applicable).
  • your offer letter from Ravensbourne.
  • receipt confirming submission of an in-time leave to remain application made to the Home Office/UKVI, if you applied for your Tier 4 visa from inside the UK.

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.

Please visit the The New Student Gateway for more information. 

Tier 4 (International) student orientation: dates to be provided shortly


9 . Arrival in the UK and getting to Ravensbourne

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: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/


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.

London Underground (the ‘Tube’)

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).


Transit accommodation

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.

Getting to Ravensbourne

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.

10 . What documents do I need to enter 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:

  • Passport & 30-day short-term visa
  • Visa decision letter
  • CAS Letter
  • Accommodation information (e.g. residence contract or hotel booking confirmation)
  • TB test results (if applicable)
  • Financial evidence (e.g. bank statements proving your maintenance requirements).
11 . Laptop bursary

As well as the enrolment paperwork, if you are an international undergraduate student starting your first year at Ravensbourne in October 2017 you need to place your order before you enroll. Information on the 2017 Laptop Bursary Scheme can be found here.

12. After you arrive in the UK
  1. Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the designated Post Office stated in your decision letter within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
  2. Register with the Police within 7 days of your arrival in the UK, visa approval if you applied from within the UK, if it is stated in your visa vignette or decision letter.
  3. Provide the International Development department with your original current passport, 30 day short term visa and BRP (if available), original academic qualifications and English language test results (if applicable) during enrolment/registration. If you were required to register with the Police you must also provide us with your original Police Registration Certificate.
  4. Attend the International Student Orientation programme.
  5. Attend all your classes and your compulsory contact points with the International Development Team, to comply with the conditions of your Tier 4 visa. We will email you with the dates of your contact points at the start of term.


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Telephone: +44(0) 20 3040 3667

We look forward to welcoming you to Ravensbourne in August/September.

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