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Airport welcome service

In September Student Ambassadors will be based at London Heathrow Airport as part of the UWE Bristol Airport Welcome Service.

International and European students arriving at Heathrow will be greeted by Student Ambassadors and will be directed to the Central Bus Station. Students will then be able to travel to Bristol via the Megabus coach service or by National Express.

This new Airport Welcome Service will be in place from Monday 9 September 2019 to Friday 20 September 2019 (Monday - Friday).

UWE Bristol will ask students to register their arrival details (i.e. flight number, arrival date, airport destination etc.); this request will be sent via email from June onwards, and reminders will be sent during July and August.

Once the university has received the arrival details, a discount code will be emailed to the student for Megabus, National Express or for the Bristol Airport Flyer. Students can then pre-book their airport transfer to Bristol.

Please note that Megabus coaches depart every two hours from Heathrow and will stop at the University’s Frenchay Campus and the City Centre.

If you are travelling by Megabus we recommend you get off at the University’s Frenchay Campus stop. If you do travel by Megabus to the City Centre, between Monday 9 September–Friday 13 September, you will be supported with your onward travel by BISC ambassadors, who will be positioned at the Bond Street stop 10:00-18:00, wearing blue t-shirts.

International and European Orientation takes place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 to Friday 13 September 2019 in the Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC). Students will be expected to attend workshops and a country specific session, on the same day that their registration is completed (this will usually take just one day).

Students arriving on Monday 9 September 2019 and Tuesday 10 September 2019 will have the chance to sign up to social events shortly. Event details will be sent to students via email.

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.

If you cannot change money before you leave, there are Bureau de Change and ATMs (cashpoints) inside the airport terminals.

Your Baggage Allowance

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

The recommended baggage allowance is two medium-sized suitcases or one large suitcase plus hand luggage.

Other arrival options for Bristol and UWE Bristol campuses

If you are arriving at London Heathrow outside of the advertised dates, you will need to make your own way to Bristol.

See below for information on alternative transport options:

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.

From Bristol airport

If you're flying into Bristol airport, you can use the STUBRS 25% discount code when booking on the Bristol Airport Flyer. The Airport Flyer runs every ten minutes and stops at Temple Meads (train station), Bristol Coach Station, Cabot Circus and Clifton.

A Global Ambassador from UWE Bristol will meet and greet you at the Main Arrivals Hall in Bristol Airport between 09:00 to 15:00, from Monday 9 September to Wednesday 11 September 2019 (dates and times may be subject to change).

By train

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

By taxi

Taxis are the most expensive form of travel. You can see a rough guide of costs below:

  • 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

*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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