Liverpool Albert Dock

Travelling to the UK

Travel information for international students

Our travel tips and airport pick-up service should make travelling to the UK a simpler and more enjoyable experience.

Although travelling to the UK to study is exciting, we know it can also be a daunting experience. In this section you'll find our tips for packing and travelling, as well as three steps you'll need to follow when you first arrive in the UK. We have included details about our airport pick-up service too. We wish you the best of luck with your journey and look forward to welcoming you into the Liverpool John Moores University community. 

Graduating students

What to pack and what not to pack

Use these tips when packing

Official documents:

Make sure you bring all the documentation you'll need to clear immigration and customs. Keep this documentation on you or keep the documents in your hand luggage. You should also take a photocopy of all important documents, including your passport and immigration documents. Keep the photocopies in your main luggage.


Check the airline's luggage allowance and only pack as much as you can carry. Typically passengers are allowed 20kg plus hand luggage. Some charter flights only allow 15kg plus hand luggage though, so check beforehand. Make a list of everything you pack, so that if your luggage is lost you can account for any missing items. 

Hand luggage:

If you are arriving into the UK in September it can feel quite cool, especially in the evenings or early mornings. We recommend that you pack a jumper (or similar item of clothing) in your hand luggage. In case your luggage is delayed or lost, you should also pack any essential overnight items in your hand luggage, such as toiletries and a change of clothing.


Liverpool's climate is changeable. Generally, the summer (June to early September) is warm, though rarely very hot. The rest of the year is cooler and can be quite damp. The winter months (November to March) are sometimes cold and frosty. Occasionally temperatures can drop below freezing. If you come from a very different climate it may be cheaper to buy suitable clothes for the different seasons when you arrive in Liverpool.


It is illegal to bring meat, fish, plants and honey into the UK. Please see the HM Custom and Excise website for prohibited goods. Liverpool has lots of supermarkets selling a variety of foods from all over the world where you can purchase your favourite items cheaply. 


Pack pictures, photos and posters to brighten your room and to help you feel more at home. 

Electrical items:

Please ensure all your electrical items are insured against theft and damage while in transit. You will be able to buy adaptors here, but they may be cheaper if you buy them before you travel.

Passport photos:

Bring a few passport-sized photographs with you. These will be useful for student discount cards and travel cards. If you forget, there are machines at airports and railway stations in the UK. 

Seven travel tips

Follow these seven travel tips.

  • Keep your luggage with you at all times
  • Keep money and valuable belongings such as laptops and MP3 players out of sight
  • Don’t leave your luggage unattended – it will be considered a security threat
  • Don’t look after luggage/parcels for strangers or allow strangers to look after your belongings
  • Don’t carry an item through airport customs for someone else
  • Don’t accompany people you have only just met to places you do not know
  • Only use taxis from an official taxi rank. These taxis are licensed and insured to carry paying passengers. Taxi ranks are usually located near the entrance/exit of airports and railway stations

Planning your journey to Liverpool

If you are making your own travel arrangements, we advise you plan your journey before you leave home.

The airport transfer service

We understand that it can be daunting to arrive in a new country. That's why we would like to arrange and pay for your onward journey to Liverpool from the airport. If you pre-book our airport transfer service, we will arrange transport from your arrival terminal to your accommodation in Liverpool and provide you with detailed instructions to follow on the day. The transfer will be in the form of a taxi, pre-booked in your name. 

When does the service take place?

The airport transfer service will be available for pre-booking on two consecutive weekends in September (see below dates for details). Transfers will run from Manchester International Airport (MAN) and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). The deadline for registration will be 11 September 2017.

Available transfer dates:

  • Friday 15 September
  • Saturday 16 September
  • Sunday 17 September

Enrolment week begins for the majority of students on Monday 18th September. Later collection dates will be available, as below, for some postgraduate students beginning their courses later in the month:

  • Friday 22nd September
  • Saturday 23rd September
  • Sunday 24th September 

Please check the start date on your CAS statement or your offer paperwork before booking flights.  Latest enrolment dates are given to all students for information in case extra time is needed for visa clearance or other mitigating circumstances, however, if you are able to enter the country in time for your indicated enrolment date, we strongly recommend you take part in all activities during your first week to help you integrate into life on campus.

Use these tips to plan your journey:

  • Check Visit Britain for information and advice that will help you plan your journey
  • Some scholarship agencies (for example, the British Council) help their scholars with travel arrangements. If you are receiving a scholarship, check the information from your scholarship agency
  • If you have arranged your international travel through a travel agent, ask the agent if they can help you arrange your onward journey in the UK
  • Consult airport websites or information from your travel agent for details about services at airports
  • If you have any problem on arrival, go to the information centre or helpdesk at the airport or train station

Liverpool is accessible by road, rail and air

By air: There are numerous flights to Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is only seven miles from the city centre. The KLM service between Schiphol, Amsterdam and Liverpool connects the City Region with more than 750 worldwide destinations. Visit the Liverpool John Lennon Airport website for more information.

By rail: The mainline train station, Liverpool Lime Street, is ideally located in the heart of the city centre. Virgin Trains offer a direct high-speed service from the centre of London in a little over two hours. Liverpool has an extensive local rail service provided by Merseyrail.

By road: There are major motorway links to the M62, M57, M58 and M56 and all are within easy reach of the city centre and Liverpool John Moores University. Liverpool’s National Express coach station offers services to and from all major UK cities, including central London.

If you need more information or would like some advice, contact

Three steps to follow when arriving in the UK

Whether you arrive by air, sea or via the Eurotunnel you will need to complete these three steps before you are allowed to enter the UK. The steps are summarised below, but please check the UK CISA website for more information.

Step one: Pass through immigration 

You will be asked to produce the following documentation at Passport Control:

  • Passport - valid for one year or more
  • Entry certificate/visa
  • Evidence of financial support (bankers draft, bank statement, letter from official sponsor)
  • Most recent letter of acceptance from Liverpool John Moores University
  • Most recent examination results (originals or certified copies)

If you do not have any of the above documentation you may be refused entry into the UK.

Before leaving Immigration Control, check that the Immigration Officer has put a date stamp (if you had a Visa or Entry Clearance) in your passport; or (if you are a non-Visa national coming for a course of less than six months) check that you have been stamped in as a 'Student Visitor'.

Step two: Collect your luggage

After passing through Passport Control, you will be able to collect your luggage from the baggage area or carousel. Clearly mark your luggage so that it is easily identified. If any item does not come through, find a representative of the airline you travelled on and fill in a lost baggage form.

Step three: Go through Customs

When you have collected your luggage you must pass through Customs control. Join the queue for either the:

  • Green channel if you have nothing to declare
  • Red channel if you have goods to declare
  • Blue channel if you have arrived from an airport within the European Economic Area (EEA) where you have already cleared all your luggage through customs control

If you are travelling to the UK from a country outside the European Union and are carrying 10,000 Euros or more in cash, bankers draft or cheque of any kind (about £6,750 in pounds sterling) you will be required to declare this at Customs. Declaration Forms will be available when you arrive. You could face a fine of up to £5,000 if you don’t make a full and correct declaration.

Please note: you are legally required to comply with Customs requests to search you and your luggage.

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