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Coming to Cardiff

How do I register with the police?

Police Registration Service at Cardiff University

A member of South Wales Police will be registering students in the International Office at Cardiff University over the Summer until middle of September.

So if you are arriving in Cardiff before our free airport pick up service on Wednesday 17 September, then you can book an appointment to register with the police yourself using the on-line booking system.

If you are arriving at Cardiff University on or after Wednesday 17 September, then you will be able to use the Induction Police Registration Service, taking place Monday 22 September – Friday 2 October. For more information about how to book a police registration appointment on Monday 22 September, please see here

Dates: Wednesdays in June, July and August. Monday 1, Wednesday 3, Monday 8, Wednesday 10, Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 September

Time: 09.30 – 13.00 until Wednesday 18 June.  From Wednesday 25 - Wednesday 17 September, 9.30 – 14.55

Deri House, 2 – 4 Park Grove (map ref. 60)

How do I make an appointment to register with the police?

You can make an appointment on our online booking service at:

What documents do I need to prepare and bring with me?

To register with the police for the first time you will need:

  • your passport
  • a photocopy of your visa page in your passport
  • a photocopy of your personal details page in your passport
  • two passport-sized photographs
  • proof that you are a student; your Student ID card
  • registration fee of £34 (if you are a student sponsored by the British Council you will have this fee-refunded)
  • a completed police registration questionnaire, provided for you by Cardiff University, see below:
  • Police Registration Questionnaire
  • Police registration Questionnaire Guidance Notes

Please come to your appointment with all the above items. If you don’t have all the documents the police cannot issue a Registration certificate.

How long will it take to register with the Police?

Normally appointments only take 20 minutes. Though this depends on the number of questions the police need to ask you and if you’ve completed the questionnaire correctly.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time, so you should not have to wait too long.

Want priority? Make an appointment!

People with appointments are given priority over those who do not have appointments. So if you turn up at the International Office without an appointment, you will have to wait.

Please be patient, staff will try their very best to try to get you seen by the Police that same day.

Why is it important to register with the Police?

Your police appointment is a very important and is a priority for you when you first arrive. In fact it is more important than attending any University classes or activities. This is because it is a legal immigration requirement of your entry into the UK. If you fail to register with the police you could be prosecuted and there will be a note put on your immigration record. This will negatively affect any future visa applications you may make to extend your stay in the UK.