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We understand that there is so much to organise before you leave for the UK. Check out the useful information below to help you prepare.

  1. Book your accommodation with ICWS or find private accommodation in the city

    When you arrive in Swansea, you will want to settle in quickly to your new home. The best way to do this? Book your accommodation before you arrive in the UK. This means that when you get here, you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere in a hurry. ICWS students have access to Swansea University accommodation both on-campus and off-campus.

    May/June Enrolment - ICWS off-campus options.
    September Enrolment - Access to Swansea University Bay Campus accommodation.
  2. Apply for you Visa

    It is imperative that you apply for your visa well in advance of your move to the UK and, as this is an important process, we have a lot of tips for you! To find out more on how to make a successful visa application, read the ICWS guide on Visas.

  3. Book your flight and Airport Transfers

    Once you have received your visa, the next step is to book your flights to the UK! Make sure you check what day your Orientation programme will be to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the great welcome activities organised by ICWS’ fantastic student support team. You can also arrange for an airport pick-up to make sure you reach your destination with ease. Simply contact a member of the ICWS staff to find out more.

  4. Make friends with other ICWS students

    Why wait until you arrive in Swansea to make friends with your new classmates? Visiting ICWS’ Facebook page is a great way to hear more about what is going on with ICWS’ current students. It is also a fantastic place to make contacts with other students who will be new to ICWS. You could meet your future housemate, best-friend or even boyfriend or girlfriend! Visit our Facebook page today.

  5. Why not check the University Clubs and Societies you can join on Campus?

    To make the most of your time at University, get involved with the student activities on campus and enjoy the journey.

  6. Pack your things

    The climate in the UK is temperate - summers can be cool and warm and winters can be mild. Contrary to international assumptions, it is not usually raining in the UK! (Although British people do like talking about the weather).

  7. Student dress code is casual

    Most students wear jeans and trainers to lectures. Medium weight clothing such as sweatshirts are appropriate throughout the year. Warmer clothing and footwear is needed for winter, as is an umbrella.

Average Temperatures

Summer June to August 12°C to 25°C
Autumn September to November 7°C to 14°C
Winter December to February 0°C to 8°C
Spring March to May 5°C to 15°C