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Travelling to the UK

There are a number of airports in the UK to choose from depending on which country you are flying from. Please check the latest government advice before you travel.

Welsh government have provided guidance about what rules you must follow when you arrive from overseas.

The advice will vary depending on where you are travelling from:

When you arrive in the UK, you should follow Welsh government guidance on how to isolate when you travel to Wales.

Please note: all inbound UK travel corridors have been temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants of COVID-19.

When to arrive

If you have applied for University accommodation, you will be able to move into your room in University residences during the enrolment period. You might be required to self isolate when you arrive, for more information head to the self-isolation pages.

If you are planning on living in private accommodation, we recommend you arrange this before you arrive.

Flying to the UK

There are a number of airports in the UK to choose from. Depending on which country you are flying from, we would recommend one of the following.

It is approximately 150 miles (240 kilometres) from London to Cardiff, and 50 miles (80 kilometres) from Bristol to Cardiff.

Most of our international students arrive at Heathrow Airport, which is around 18 miles/29 km southwest of London and around four hours from Cardiff. Most international airlines will fly into Heathrow and therefore usually has the most competitive fares.

If you're coming from mainland Europe, you may find Bristol Airport more convenient, as it is 50 miles/80 km from Cardiff. If you are arriving during the day, it will take around two hours to travel from Bristol airport.

You can arrive at Cardiff Airport if you fly with KLM airlines via Amsterdam Schipol Airport.

Declaring money

If you're arriving in the UK from a country outside the European Union (EU), you must declare any cash that equals the value of 10,000 Euros or more to customs officers.

Cash not only means currency notes and coins, but also banker’s drafts and cheques of any kind, including travellers’ cheques. You will find the relevant forms to fill out at ports and airports.

Next steps

Clearing immigration

What you'll need to bring, which channel to pass through in the customs hall, and what to do if problems arise.

Travelling to Cardiff

We are located in the centre of Cardiff, which is easily accessible from London airports with onward connections.

Coach collection service

Our coach collection service is for new international and EU students.