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Airport pickups

From May, UWE Bristol offers all new international and EU students the option to use our free Red airport pickup service from London Heathrow Airport.

The airport pickup is a free service that is only available on specific dates and times for new international or EU UWE Bristol students. Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service to family and friends.

The next airport pickup takes place on:

  • Friday 16 June for students starting a Pre-sessional English course in June
  • Friday 21 July for students starting a Pre-sessional English course in July.

The pickups are only for new students who are starting a Pre-sessional English course with us in June or July. Please note that we may need to cancel if not enough students sign up for this service.

If you are arriving to Bristol on any other date, please read the 'Other arrival options' tab below for ways to get to Bristol.

Pre-sessional students arriving in June and July – bookings open

The next airport pickups for Pre-sessional English students take place on Friday 16 June 2017 and Friday 21 July 2017. You can sign up using the link below.

Pickup date Pick up time Closing date for making a booking
Friday 16 June 2017 10:00 Tuesday 13 June at 12:00 noon UK time
Friday 21 July 2017 10:00 Tuesday 18 July at 12:00 noon UK time

Coaches will only leave the airport at the time listed in the table above, so there may be a wait for your departure. If you arrive after the pickup time you will need to make your own way to UWE Bristol – please see the Other Arrival Options section.

Booking conditions

This service is only available to new students who will be studying Pre-sessional English with us in June or July. We cannot offer this service to family and friends. If not enough people sign up to this service we may need to cancel it.

If you have booked this service, we will send a confirmation email to you via ‘My Intray’ in your UWE Welcome a few days before the pickup with further information. This email will provide you with the meeting point location and other important details.

You will need to carry your own luggage, so please travel with luggage that is not too heavy.

Your baggage allowance is two medium-sized suitcases or one large suitcase, plus hand luggage. If you bring more than this, you may have to make your own way to UWE Bristol.

All pickups normally happen from Heathrow Airport.

September 2017 pickup

The next airport pickups for students beginning courses in the autumn will take place from 11–12 September 2017. Details will be available nearer to the time.

Existing bookings for airport pickup

If you have any questions regarding airport pickup please email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk.

Existing bookings

If you have booked this service, we will send a confirmation email a few days before the pickup with further information. This email will provide you with the meeting point location and other important details.

Please note: You will need to carry your own luggage, so please travel with luggage which is not too heavy.

Your baggage allowance is two medium-sized suitcases or one large suitcase plus hand luggage. If you bring more than this, you may have to make your own way to UWE Bristol.

Eligibility for the service

Your flight must land at least three hours before the advertised pickup time for Heathrow Airport. This will allow time to complete immigration and reach the meeting point.

When you arrive in the UK

UK currency

Please make sure that you have some UK currency with you or a credit card or other means to pay for anything you may have to buy during your first few days in the UK (for example, food, drink, travel tickets and taxis). Taxis are unlikely to be able to take payment by credit card.

There are Bureau de Change and ATMs (cashpoints) inside the airport terminals.

If you are not able to change money before you leave, Bureau de Change and ATMs (cashpoints) are located inside Heathrow's airport terminals.

Other arrival options

If your flight is delayed or cancelled and the pickup is unable to wait for you, your airport pickup confirmation email will provide information on alternative ways to travel to Bristol.

If you are arriving into the UK outside of the advertised airport pickup dates and times listed above, you will need to make your own way to Bristol.

See below for information on alternative transport options.

Travelling to Bristol and UWE Bristol campuses

From London airports
National Express Coaches run regular services from all London airports to Bristol Bus station and costs around £40.

More information on transport options from London airports are available on the respective websites: London Heathrow Airport website and London Gatwick Airport website.

Plan your journey via Heathrow Airport travel or Gatwick Airport journey planner.

Train services are also available from London to Bristol. The nearest train station to UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus is Bristol Parkway while Bristol Temple Meads is closest to Bristol city centre. See the National Rail website for further information.

From Bristol airport
If you are flying into Bristol airport, the Bristol Airport Flyer runs every ten minutes and stops at Temple Meads (train station), the Coach Station, Cabot Circus and Clifton.

Taxis

Taxis are the most expensive form of travel - please see below for a rough guide of costs.

  • Heathrow to UWE Bristol Frenchay  Campus – £140*
  • Gatwick to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £160*
  • Bristol airport to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £40
  • Parkway train station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £9
  • Bristol Temple Meads train station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £20

*Do not take unlicensed taxis from the airport – book online to get the best price.

Further travel information

Visit our campus, maps and travel pages for more information on travelling to Bristol and UWE Bristol campuses.

Visas and immigration

Advice and guidance for international students regarding visas and immigration.

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