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Airport pickups

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

This service is available on specific dates and times for new international or EU UWE Bristol students. Unfortunately, we can't offer it to family and friends.

The next airport pickup takes place on:

  • Friday 15 June 2018 for students starting a Pre-sessional English course in June
  • Friday 20 July 2018 for students starting a Pre-sessional English course in July
  • Friday 24 August 2018 for students starting a Pre-sessional English course in August.

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

If you're travelling to Bristol on any other date, please read the other arrival options guidance.

Summer 2018 pickup

Coaches will only leave the airport at the times listed in the table below, so there may be a wait for your departure. If you arrive after the last pick up time, you'll need to make your own way to UWE Bristol.

Pickup date Pickup time Closing date for making a booking
Friday 15 June 2018 10:00 Tuesday 12 June at 12:00 noon UK time
Friday 20 July 2018 10:00 Tuesday 17 July at 12:00 noon UK time
Friday 24 August 2018 10:00 Tuesday 21 August at 12:00 noon UK time

Please note: Airport pickup services run subject to minimum numbers. The time of the airport pickup may change slightly due to the number of sign ups.

If you've booked this service, we'll send you a confirmation email a few days before your pickup. This email will tell you the meeting point location and other important details.

This service is only available to UWE Bristol international and EU students. We cannot offer this service to family and friends. View our booking conditions, including details on luggage allowance.

Booking conditions and baggage allowance

Booking conditions

This service is only available to new UWE International and EU students. We cannot offer this service to family and friends.

Airport pickup services run subject to minimum numbers. The time of the airport pickup may change slightly due to the number of sign ups.

If you've booked an airport pickup, we'll send you a confirmation email a few days before the pickup. It will be sent to your ‘My Intray’ in your UWE Welcome. This email will give you details of the meeting point location and other important information.

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.

Baggage allowance

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. You'll need to carry your own luggage, so please travel with luggage which is not too heavy.

If you have any questions regarding airport pickup please email the Global Students Team at globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk.

Existing bookings for airport pickup

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

Existing bookings

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

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 can't 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're arriving into the UK outside of the advertised airport pickup dates and times listed above, you'll 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, nut 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
  • Bristol Parkway Train Station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £9
  • Bristol Temple Meads Train Station to UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus – £20

*Don't 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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