INDEX PAGE NO.
WELCOME TO LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY 2
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT 3
PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE TO BRITAIN 4
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS 6
ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN 7
LIFE IN THE UK 11
HOW TO REACH LIVERPOOL 14
FINDING ACCOMMODATION 17
TEACHING AT LJMU 18
PAYING TUITION FEES 19
SUPPORTING YOU 20
FLIGHT ARRIVAL FAX BACK SHEET 21
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS 22
Our “Joining Information for International Students” has been produced to
provide you with information and advice to help you to prepare for your stay
in Liverpool. It will also provide you with helpful hints and contacts to use
once you have arrived in the UK. We understand that as you prepare to leave
for Liverpool, life may seem confusing and even a little daunting. Our
Joining Information pack has been devised to answer most of your questions and
lessen any concerns you may have, but if there is anything on which you need
help or information - please don‟t hesitate to let us know. We can be
contacted at the following address:
Liverpool John Moores University
10 Rodney Street
Liverpool, L3 5UX, UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: ++44 (0) 151 231 3169/3522/3172
Fax: ++44 (0) 151 707 0199
When you arrive at Liverpool John Moores University, you will become part of a
community, which places great emphasis on the needs of students. We rely upon
our students to let us know how we can improve the learning environment. We
have given priority to the development of libraries and computing facilities
as a direct result of listening to our students and we were the first
University in the UK to introduce a Student Charter, outlining what you can
expect from John Moores University. Above all, students come first in all
that we do.
We are deeply committed to providing our international students with all the
support and assistance that may be necessary when studying abroad. Our
International Support Team provides an extensive service to all our
We have been listening to comments, and in line with suggestions from current
students we have improved our level of support to international students. We
value your time with us and hope that we can provide you with a worthwhile and
memorable experience during your stay in Liverpool.
The Orientation Programmes will take place on Wednesday 8th September and
Wednesday 22nd September, and will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn
more about what the City of Liverpool has to offer, meet international
students from all over the world, and generally begin to become familiar with
the surroundings that will be your home for the duration of your course.
We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool John Moores University. We believe
that we have the right choices for you and that you will be able to build your
future with confidence here.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT
The International Team will provide you with information and advice throughout
your time with us, including vacation periods. We recognise that many of you
will be leaving home for the first time and that all of you will experience major
changes moving to a new country. Feeling at home is essential if you are to work
effectively, and our International Team is there to help you make the transition
to life in the United Kingdom. The team has a lot of experience of welcoming
international students to LJMU, and this section describes some of the help and
information we provide.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
The Orientation Programmes will take place on 8th September and 22nd September,
at 10.00a.m. in the Johnson Foundation Auditorium, Art and Design Academy,
Registration will be from 2pm on the 8th .September in the Student Zones, Aldham
and Avril Learning Resource Centres.
More information will be provided at the Orientation Programme.
All new international students are invited to attend LJMU‟s Orientation Programme
before the start of their course of study. Orientation will include a welcome
from members of the International Team, an introduction to the University and its
International Welfare Services, religious facilities and the Students' Union. You
will also have the opportunity to visit the School in which you will be studying,
be issued with your personal e-mail address, and view the library and computing
facilities. Full details of the programme will be provided on your arrival.
Emergency accommodation can be arranged for students who have not previously
organised a place to live. However, we do strongly recommend that you book your
accommodation before you come to Liverpool.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
As all tuition and examinations at LJMU are conducted in English, if your first
language is not English you must have a suitable English language qualification
or have completed your studies in English in order to benefit fully from your
time with us. If you do not satisfy this requirement, you will have been offered
a place at LJMU on the condition of having obtained a suitable English language
qualification, and you will be provided with details of courses available.
Students for whom English is not their first language will be invited to attend
our FREE English Language Support classes. The classes are designed to help you
develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Classes are held three
times a week in the evenings so that students can take advantage of this service.
During the first week, students are divided into groups depending on level of
English and are required to attend only one of the weekly sessions. We recommend
that any students advised to attend these classes do so.
Overseas students and their families are entitled to free treatment under
Britain's National Health Service (NHS), provided that they are registered on a
course of study lasting more than six months, and provided that they did not come
to Britain with the aim of having medical treatment.
You may receive NHS treatment only from the date on which your course begins.
Please make sure that you buy suitable medical insurance to cover you for the
period between the day you arrive and the start of your course. When you arrive
in Liverpool, whether or not you need to visit a doctor, or obtain medicine
immediately, you should register with a doctor. The University will provide
advice regarding registering with medical and dental practitioners.
The National Health Service in the UK recommends that all university students be
vaccinated against Meningitis C. You should contact your doctor in your home
country to try to organise being vaccinated before coming to Liverpool. If it is
not possible, you can be vaccinated after you have registered with a GP in
Liverpool, however, there may be a charge for this service.
EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
By law, you must arrange for any children over five years of age to go to school.
The British Embassy or High Commission can provide details about schooling
arrangements. School in the United Kingdom is available free of charge.
PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE TO BRITAIN
This section tells you what documents you must show to Immigration Officers when
you arrive in Britain.
As soon as you have received a place at Liverpool John Moores University you
should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, High Commission
or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry
into Britain. (see list at end in Appendix 1) If you do, please apply for a visa
as quickly as you can because the process can take a long time
We would advise all students to apply for entry clearance before travelling,
regardless of whether you are a visa national or not. This is particularly
important if you intend to come with your spouse and/or children. If you do not
obtain entry clearance before coming to the UK, and the Immigration Officer at
the port of entry does not allow you to enter as a student, you can only appeal
against the decision from outside the UK as long as you were seeking entry for
more than six months. If you were seeking entry for less than six months you
have no right of appeal against refusal of entry.
PLEASE NOTE: To obtain one of the following documents, an Entry Certificate
(for Commonwealth countries), an Entry Visa (for most other non European
Community foreign countries and some Commonwealth countries), or the Home Office
Letter of Consent, you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in
your own country, and present the following documents:
Letter of unconditional acceptance for a full-time course at LJMU
Evidence of financial support for the programme
Two recent photographs of yourself - Passport-size
All relevant educational diplomas and certificates
A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of
On arrival at a British port or airport, students from overseas will be asked to
produce the following documentation:
Students from Commonwealth countries
Passport - valid for one year or more
Entry Certificate (see note below)
Evidence of financial support (bankers draft, bank statement, letter from
Most recent letter of acceptance from Liverpool John Moores University
Most recent examination results
Students from all other countries
Passport - valid for one year or more (or travel document if stateless)
An Entry Visa (stamped into your passport) or if a visa is not necessary, a
Letter of Consent from Britain's Home Office (see note below)
Most recent letter of acceptance from Liverpool John Moores University
Most recent examination results
Evidence of financial support (bank statement, bankers draft, letter from
Please note that rules have recently changed for people requiring a medical
report or a chest x-ray with you, Immigration do carry out random health checks,
and in this event medical evidence may prevent unnecessary delays. You should
check whether this applied to you and take the relevant advice from the Home
Office BEFORE travelling.
LAWS WHICH AFFECT YOUR ENTRY INTO BRITAIN
Change of status
As your intention is to enter the UK for the purpose of study, please ensure that
you obtain a student visa. This is a legal requirement for studying in the UK.
The regulations now prohibit change from 'visitor' to 'student' status for visa
nationals, so it is very important to have the correct status before you come to
the UK. Do not under any circumstances state that you are a tourist if your
intention is to study.
When you arrive at a British port or airport, you will pass through Immigration
and Customs. Customs control the type and amounts of all goods that are brought
into Britain. Customs usually allow you to bring older, small and personal
effects into Britain, free of charge. However, if you are staying for a year or
more in Britain, customs will probably allow the free import of only one of each
type of newer article (e.g. computer, watch, radio-cassette recorder, and
If you require any further information about customs regulations, please contact
the British Embassy or High Commission (before you leave for Britain). Remember,
do not bring in items on behalf of other people,
never allow strangers to carry your bags at ports or airports,
never leave bags unattended.
EMPLOYMENT/WORKING IN BRITAIN
International students are able to work while studying in the UK without having
to apply for permission or a work permit. Please remember that if your
immigration status in Britain is that of student, one of the conditions of your
stay is that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants
without working or recourse to public funds. However, most international
students do work part-time and during vacations. Working hours are restricted to
20 hours per week term time but you may work over and above these hours during
Unfortunately, if you have a stamp in your passport that states that you may "not
enter employment paid or unpaid", it means that you are prohibited from working.
Postgraduate students can undertake teaching and demonstration work (i.e.
Students taking sandwich courses
Students on sandwich courses who need work placements should discuss this with
their course tutors. Government permission is not needed to undertake such work.
Married students and those with families
You should have enough money to support your family, once they arrive in Britain.
Should the need arise, your spouse will be allowed to work if you have been
granted 12 months or more leave to remain.
WHEN YOU SHOULD ARRIVE
You need to arrive on/by Wednesday 8th September, so that you can attend the
If you require any information about arrivals from Manchester Airport, or
directions, please let us know as soon as possible (at least one week before you
are due to arrive) by fax or email, the expected time and the location of your
arrival. If you Email your details please ensure that the subject is clearly
shown as “ARRIVAL DETAILS”
Fax: +44 (0) 151 707 0199 Email: email@example.com
BAGGAGE AND INSURANCE
You should ask about your free baggage allowance when you book your airline
ticket. If you exceed baggage weight restrictions, you may have to pay a
considerable amount of money. Typically passengers are allowed 20 kg plus hand
luggage. Some charter flights only allow 15kg plus hand luggage, so do check
beforehand. Please check with the airline as to what personal belongings you are
allowed to carry onto the aircraft.
You will usually be offered the chance to buy travel insurance when you book your
airline ticket. It is worthwhile investing this small sum to save yourself time
and more money should you need to replace lost items.
Remember to make a list of everything you pack, so that if your luggage is lost
you can account for lost items. If you have bought anything new before your
journey, remember to keep the receipts - the insurance company may ask you to
provide them for items lost in transit. In the unlikely event that your baggage
is delayed when you arrive into the UK, it is also a good idea to pack any
essential overnight items in your hand luggage, i.e. toiletries, change of
REMEMBER TO KEEP ALL IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE.
ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN
When you leave the aircraft follow the signs marked Arrivals, the
procedure is then as outlined below:
HOW TO PASS THROUGH IMMIGRATION
Do not worry about passing through Immigration, it is likely that you will be
tired, and will hardly notice the Immigration procedures you will have to go
through. The first thing to check upon arrival is that you have all of your
belongings with you, and that you haven‟t left anything on the aircraft.
Remember too, when packing hand luggage that you may have to walk some distance
from your arrival gate to Immigration and Customs, so keep your bags as light as
The procedure at all of the International Airports in the UK is very similar, by
following the ARRIVALS sign, you will soon reach the UK Immigration Point. Here
you will find two channels, one for European Community Citizens and the other for
Non-European Community Citizens - make sure that you are in the correct one. At
the desk you will need to show the Immigration Officer your passport or visa, any
necessary health documents and all those papers mentioned in the section “The
documents you need for Immigration” on page 2 - be sure to have packed these in
your hand luggage.
When all your papers have been checked, the Immigration Officer will stamp in
your passport the initial length of time you can stay in Britain, which should be
for the full duration of your course. If, however, you know that you will need
to stay longer than the stamp says, do not worry - an extension visa will permit
you to stay longer in Britain. This can be organised later, once you have
settled in Liverpool. The Immigration Officer will also endorse your passport
with any other restrictions that may apply to you. For example, students from
outside Commonwealth and the EU may need to register with the Police. (Please
see section on Police Registration on page 9)
It is possible, although unlikely, that the Immigration Officer may also decide
to send you for a health check. There is no need for concern, since it is
routine and simply a matter of answering some questions, but it is important to
remember, after seeing the airport doctor, to return to Immigration Control to
have your passport stamped.
If you have presented all the necessary papers mentioned under section “The
documents you need for Immigration”, you should not have any problems at
Immigration Control. However, if any problems do arise, please ask to see a
representative of the UK Immigration Advisory Service (Telephone number (0207)
If it is during normal working hours (9:00am - 5:00pm) ask the Immigration
Officer to contact the LJMU International Student Welfare Advisor on 0151 231
3169. Emergency contact numbers are also available at the end of this document
for difficulties encountered out of office hours. It would be useful at this
stage to present the name of the person who wrote to you offering the place, so
that we can confirm your intention to study at LJMU.
If you have any difficulties on arrival in the UK then the Immigration Appeals
Advisory Service (IAAS) may be able to help you. IAAS has offices at the
following points of entry, which are open during office hours:
Use the number in brackets ( ) if you are calling from outside the airport.
Heathrow Airport - Terminal 1 (0208) 745 6800 Terminal 2 (0208) 745
Terminal 3 (0208) 745 6900 Terminal 4 (0208) 745
Gatwick Airport South Terminal (01293) 502019 North
Terminal (01293) 507075
Manchester Airport - Terminal 1 (0161) 489 2651 Terminal 2 (0161) 489
An alternative organisation to call is UKCOSA (0207) 354 5210
(This service is only available between 1 PM and 4 PM)
HOW TO COLLECT YOUR BAGGAGE
After passing through Passport Control, you will be able to collect your Baggage.
The baggage area can be quite confusing, as luggage from different flights comes
through at the same time. The luggage comes through on a carousel system and at
each carousel there is a sign indicating the flight number and departure point of
the plane whose luggage is being unloaded there. All you have to do is find the
appropriate carousel and wait. It will help if you have clearly marked your
luggage so that it is easily identified. When you have all of your luggage, load
it onto a luggage trolley and move on.
HOW TO PASS THROUGH CUSTOMS
Before you arrive in Britain, you should have already studied the regulations
about Customs, which appear in the enclosed leaflet, “Travellers Guide” and have
checked with the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to find out what
you can and cannot bring into Britain, and what you need to declare to the
In most airports in Britain you will find three channels one of which will be
applicable to you. There is one sign in red, one in green, and another in blue;
The blue channel is for people whose journey originated within the European
The green channel is for people who are sure they have no goods to declare.
It is subject to random checks by a Customs Officer. If you are travelling
from outside the EU, and have nothing to declare, you should go through this
The red channel should be used if you are carrying items that need to be
If a Customs Officer asks you to open, unpack and repack your own luggage, you
are required by law to do so.
MAKING TELEPHONE CALLS
Once you have arrived in Britain, you may want to make a telephone call, it is
important to let your family know that you have arrived safely. There are
usually distinct signs for public telephones in all airports and stations, and in
some large shops and public buildings, such as post offices. In the street,
telephone boxes are glass fronted and marked 'Telephone'. Instructions on how to
use a coin-operated phone should be clearly displayed beside it, but if you are
not sure of how to use the telephone ask someone nearby for help. To make a call
you can use any of the following coins: 10p, 20p, 50p, £1. The number for
Emergency Services in the UK is 999 and this is a free phone number.
For international calls, you will need to dial the international prefix 00
followed by the country code that you are calling, these are normally listed next
to the telephone. If you have any problems getting through, dial 100 for the
operator. Please remember if you have promised to inform someone in Liverpool of
your arrival, to telephone them as soon as you arrive in Britain. British
telephone numbers are preceded by an area code written in brackets. For example
the area code for Liverpool is (0151).
Although it is unlikely that you will experience difficulties when travelling, it
is advisable to take note of the following points:
Please remember to bring some Sterling cash with you for your immediate expenses
such as travel fares, accommodation and meals. Do not carry more cash than you
require for daily expenses. If cash is stolen, you will probably not be able to
get it back. You may wish to have travellers' cheques and, if so, it is
important to keep a record of the serial numbers on your travellers' cheques, so
that if they are lost you can inform your bank. Be sure to keep the serial
numbers in a separate place from your cheques. In particular, make sure that
your bank and credit cards are well out of sight and carried in a safe place.
Exchange moneys only at official agencies (Bureau de Change).
It is advisable to bring with you a small amount of money (e.g. £100 cash) and
some traveller‟s cheques (e.g. £300) to cover your immediate needs on arrival in
the UK as it will take a few days to open a bank account. You should pay your
course / University accommodation fees direct to LJMU, preferably using the on-
line payment system . You can also bring with you a bankers draft payable to
yourself to cover living expenses. Once you have opened a bank account in the
UK, your parents / sponsor will be able to transfer funds to your account by
telegraphic transfer. Please remember that you should allow at least a week from
opening an account and paying in your bankers draft before you can draw cash from
Handbags and luggage
Please remember to carry wallets and purses on your person, in a jacket, or in a
handbag. Never leave any of your luggage unattended, and do not allow anyone
else to carry it for you. There is a risk that someone may try to put illegal
substances, such as drugs, into your luggage, and in Britain the penalty for this
is imprisonment. If you have any other valuables, such as jewellery or cameras,
remember to keep a record of serial numbers. Do inform the local police if you
lose any valuable items.
Please remember to keep your passport, travel tickets and important documents in
a safe place. It is sensible to have a photocopy of your passport in a separate
safe place, this will make it far easier to replace should the need ever arise.
If you lose your passport please inform the local police.
Left Luggage and Lost Property Offices
If you have any heavy luggage, you may not want to carry it around with you. You
can leave luggage in a 'Left Luggage Office' at most large stations and airports,
for a small charge and collect it later. Remember to keep the receipt so that
you can reclaim your luggage, and to check the hours of opening, or you may find
that your luggage has been locked away and that you cannot reclaim it for several
hours. Some railway stations have coin operated lockers.
Should you lose any of your luggage during your journey, it is important to
notify the officials of your airline immediately. If you lose anything in the
airport or railway station, go immediately to the Lost Property Office, as it may
already have been found and handed in. Should you lose luggage in the street, or
suspect that it has been stolen rather than lost, find the nearest Police Officer
who will advise you as to what you should do.
All non Commonwealth or non-European Union (EU) students are required by law to
register with the police within seven days of their arrival in the UK, the fee
for which is £34. If you are required to register this will be stamped in your
passport. To register you will need your passport and two passport sized
photographs. You may register at the following address in Liverpool:
Merseyside Police Headquarters
Telephone number (0151) 709 6010 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
LIFE IN THE UK
YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL TO THE UK OR BEGIN A COURSE OF STUDY WITHOUT MAKING SURE
THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO COVER ALL YOUR ACADEMIC FEES AND LIVING EXPENSES.
IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT ONCE YOU
HAVE LEFT YOUR OWN COUNTRY. (UKCOSA)
COST OF LIVING
You will want to plan your finances as far ahead as possible. The following
offers some guidelines to help you establish your budget (figures are
In the academic year 2010/2010 to cover basic living expenses such as daily
travel, food, heating, lighting, medical cover, rent and other necessary items,
we recommend that you allow the following:
Single Student £6,000 - £7,000
Married Student without children £7,000 - £8,000
Married Student with children £7,000 - £8,000 + £2,000 per child.
Please remember that the living costs are in addition to your course fees.
British Council offices also provide information about the cost of living in the
SCHOLARSHIPS OR GRANTS
Information about any financial assistance should be obtained from Government
Departments or other organisations in your home country before coming to the
United Kingdom. If you do obtain a scholarship/bursary/grant, complete all the
necessary arrangements preceding departure. Once in the United Kingdom this is
Financial help varies from country to country. Contact the Ministry of Education
or the Education Department in your own country and ask them for details of any
schemes they have. Usually these, and any Scholarships offered by the British
Government, have certain conditions attached to them. Contact your nearest
British Council Office, British Embassy or High Commission for further details.
BRITISH CURRENCY AND BANKS
Britain‟s decimal currency is based on the pound sterling (£), which is divided
into 100 pence (p). British banknotes are issued in the following denominations
£50, £20, £10, £5. Their different colours and sizes help with identification.
Coins come in the following denominations £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p.
All of the coins have the Queen‟s head on one side.
We would advise that you open a bank account as soon as possible after arriving
in Liverpool or if possible to do this before you leave your home country. You
should note that the bank opening hours are normally Monday to Friday 9.30am to
3.30pm. All of the UK banks have branches in Liverpool close to the University
buildings, including HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, National Westminster Bank and
Most of the main banks in the UK offer special facilities for full-time students
and, provided you always keep money in your account and do not overdraw, they do
not make charges to students. Bank representatives will be available to advise
you during our orientation programme.
Dealing in a different currency can be confusing and if you do meet problems, it
is important to try to sort them out quickly rather than finding yourself in
debt. Once you have opened a bank account, you will be able to use the services
of the bank‟s financial advisers to help you manage your money.
Like the rest of Britain, Liverpool's climate is largely unpredictable! However,
it is quite sheltered and often milder than other parts of northern England.
Generally speaking, the summer (June to August and sometimes early September) is
warm, though rarely hot. The winter months can be cold and frosty with
temperatures falling as low as freezing, and there is usually some snow around
January. Typical day time temperatures are 68F (20C) in the summer and 42F (5C)
in the winter.
You should consider carefully the clothing you will need. Make sure you have
warm clothes which will protect you in all types of weather. “Layering” is one
way of doing this. You will definitely require woollen sweaters and a warm
overcoat for the winter and a waterproof coat. An umbrella is also very useful.
Keeping your head, feet and hands warm, will help you to keep heat in the rest of
your body, so think about buying a woollen hat and some gloves. If you do not
have suitable items such as these, it is advisable to wait until you get to
Liverpool as you may be able to buy them much more cheaply here. Next are some
examples of the minimum cost of clothes.
Shoes £30 Gloves £5
Jeans £30 Jacket £50
Dress around the University and elsewhere is very informal. Students usually
wear jeans, a jumper and a jacket. If you are invited to a special event, it
will be made very clear to you how you are expected to dress. If you are in
doubt just ask the host what is usual for such functions. If you wish to wear
your national or traditional costume, you are free to do so. However, you may
find that your clothing is not always suitable in the British climate and you
might have to adapt accordingly.
A cosmopolitan city such as Liverpool offers a wide variety of shops and
restaurants. There is also a number of cheaper fruit and vegetable markets. If
you are in self-catering accommodation, (all LJMU accommodation is self-catering)
you will need to buy and prepare your own food.
You will find supermarkets near University buildings and near to your
accommodation, particularly if you live in one of the Halls of Residences.
Normal shop hours are 9.00am-5.30pm, but most supermarkets are open until 8.00pm
most evenings. A list of opening times is usually displayed at the entrance to
the store. You should expect to spend around £35 per week on groceries. Halal
and Kosher foods are available in specific shops in the city, and there is a
selection of Chinese supermarkets close to the city centre. These shops will
stock most of the things you are used to buying at home, but please ask the
International Support team for further information on the availability of
specific items you are keen not to have to do without.
We strongly recommend that you take out insurance cover for all your personal
belongings. If you stay in LJMU Halls of Residences, the cost of your rent will
include up to £3,000 of Insurance Cover.
If you decide to drive a car or ride a motor bike, British law states you must
have at least third party insurance cover. As the insurance market in the UK is
very competitive we recommend that you compare the costs of a few companies
before deciding on the insurance.
DRIVING IN THE UK
If you hold a valid driving licence or international driving permit from your
home country, you will be able to drive in the UK for 12 months. After one year
the licence is no longer valid in the UK.
During your first year you must apply for a British driving licence. If you are
not from an EU country you will have to take the British driving test. It is
essential that you are fully aware of the laws relating to driving in the UK -
please ensure that you read the guide to these laws “The Highway Code” before
driving. This can be purchased from newsagents and bookshops in the UK.
Your car will need to be taxed, insured, registered and road worthy. It is an
offence if any of the documents confirming these facts are not up-to-date.
If you require any further information please contact LJMU‟s International
Student Welfare Advisor.
If you are lost, need advice or have any other difficulties, a Police Officer
should be approached for help. The UK police are a civilian force and generally
do not carry firearms.
ELECTRICITY AND APPLIANCES
The British electricity supply works on 240 volts/50 cycles, so please make sure
that any equipment you are bringing from home can be used safely on this voltage
or may be converted with the help of adapters.
In Liverpool, there are representatives of all denominations. Addresses will be
provided by the University Chaplaincy who can be contacted at:
Liverpool John Moores University
4 Rodney Street
Liverpool L1 2TZ
Tel : ( 0151) 231 3171
HOW TO REACH LIVERPOOL
There are a number of ways of travelling to Liverpool from wherever you arrive in
Britain. We would advise you when booking your flight to fly directly to
Manchester International Airport, as this is by far the easiest option.
Alternatively, if your chosen airline flies only into London, booking a
connecting flight to Manchester at the same time, will prove to be cheaper than
buying the ticket at a later date.
There is a limit of 20kg (excluding hand luggage) on all flights in the UK.
Extra baggage can be taken, but this can be very expensive with rates of up to
£5.00 per kilogram. One piece of hand luggage is allowed. If you are travelling
with a lot of luggage, we suggest that it would be cheaper to travel by train.
Please ensure that you inform us of your expected arrival time in Liverpool
or at Manchester Airport, in good time, at least one week before you are
due to arrive so that we can provide advice.
If you do arrive in Liverpool and you have not informed us of your arrival time,
you should take a taxi for the short distance to your accommodation. You should
not pay more than £6.00 for this journey, even if you arrive at night time.
Usually taxis have meters and drivers should switch them on for the journey.
TRAVELLING TO LIVERPOOL BY TRAIN FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT
The train station you will need to travel from in London is called EUSTON, and
you will be travelling to Liverpool Lime Street Station, you can reach Euston
Station from Heathrow in one of the following ways
Getting to London Euston Train Station by Bus
In the Arrivals Hall at Heathrow, follow the sign for the Airbus A2, you can ask
for directions at the Information Desk if you require help. This bus runs
approximately every thirty minutes from 05.30 to 21.45.
The journey between Heathrow and Euston Station is approximately 60 to 85
minutes, depending on the terminal at which you board the Airbus, and costs
approximately £8.00 for a single fare and £12.00 for a return.
Getting to London Euston Train Station by the Underground (Tube)
An alternative way of travelling to London Euston Train Station is via the London
Underground known as the Tube, although this may prove to be more difficult than
travelling by air or bus if you are carrying a lot of luggage. On arrival at
Heathrow, look for the signs to the UNDERGROUND.
Follow the signs until you arrive at the ticket office. Here you can ask for a
single ticket to Euston Station which will cost £6.00, you can also get a free
copy of the London Underground map. The 'line' on which the train runs is
called the „PICCADILLY LINE‟ and is marked in dark blue on the coloured London
Once you have bought your ticket, pass through the ticket checkpoint and follow
the signs for EASTBOUND TRAINS, you need to travel east to GREEN PARK Station.
If you are unsure, you can always ask someone to help you.
When you arrive at Green Park Station, you will need to change onto a different
train. So, get off the train, and follow the signs for the 'VICTORIA LINE,
NORTHBOUND TRAINS'. Take the underground train on this line to Euston Station.
At Euston (underground) Station, follow the signs for the British Rail mainline.
You will need to go up an escalator to get to the Mainline Train Station. The
journey should take approximately 45 minutes.
Getting to Liverpool from Euston Train Station, London
At Euston (Mainline) Station, go to the ticket office and ask for the cheapest
single or return ticket to Liverpool Lime Street. This should cost between £45
and £65 depending on the time and day. A 'saver' ticket may be the cheapest and
allows you to return to London within one month. Saver tickets may have
restrictions as to when they can be used, so please ask for advice on this when
buying your ticket. The train should take approximately two and a half hours.
Travelling on British Rail - ticket checking and collection
When you buy your train ticket, you need to find out what time your train leaves
and board it at the correct platform. If you are not sure that you are on the
right train, ask British Rail staff or other passengers where the train is going.
Remember to keep your rail ticket in a safe place - you may be asked to produce
it during the journey. At the end of you journey, on your way out of the railway
station you need to hand your ticket to the ticket collector. If you have a
return ticket, remember that you must keep one part of it for your return journey
Arranging temporary accommodation in London
If you arrive in London very late in the evening you may not wish to travel to
Liverpool until the next day and will need somewhere to stay overnight.
We suggest you go to the:
International Students' House
229 Great Portland Street
London W1 5HD
Tel: (0207) 631 8300
The International Students' House offers cheap overnight accommodation. To be
sure of a place there, it is advisable to make a booking, 4 to 6 weeks in
advance, by writing to them and enclosing an International Reply Coupon. If they
are unable to offer you a room, they may be able to help you find cheap
accommodation elsewhere in London.
Prices for an overnight stay range from £15.00 to £30.00
HOW TO GET TO LIVERPOOL FROM MANCHESTER AIRPORT
Once again, if you do inform us of your date and time of arrival we will arrange
for you to be met at Manchester Airport. If, however, you do not inform us of
your arrival you will be able to get to Liverpool using the railway service.
Manchester Airport has its own railway station at Terminal 1. Direct trains
leave for Liverpool
04:20, 05:32, 07:13 hourly until 16:13 then 19:17, 22:59.
Sunday at the following times:
8:05, 9:05(Victoria change), 11:05, 13:05, 14:01, 15:01 (Piccadilly change) then
every hour until 19:22
Go to the ticket office at the railway station and ask for the cheapest single
ticket to Liverpool Lime Street. At the time of printing, the price for a single
saver ticket is £7.90 and valid for travel on any train time. The journey takes
about one and a half hours. You can then take a taxi from Liverpool Lime Street
station to your accommodation.
The following information and further details are available at
Cost of Accommodation
Many students choose their accommodation partly based on cost. There is a range
of accommodation, which ranges in price from £70 - £96 per week. Some Halls of
residences include with your rent your personal possessions to be insured.
Should you require further information regarding University accommodation, or
have a particular query, then please do not hesitate to contact the LJMU
The Council Tax is set by the local authority to help pay for certain services
they provide such as rubbish collection, street cleaning etc. Certain
properties are exempt from Council Tax, and so if you live in one of the
following types of properties, you will not have to pay Council Tax:
University Halls of Residences.
House occupied only by full-time students.
If you are living in private accommodation and only students occupy the house,
you will not have to pay Council Tax. However, the Council may need confirmation
that you are a full-time student, and can ask you for a certificate to prove
this. The Certificates are issued when you have enrolled on your course.
Points to remember about University accommodation
When you accept a place in one of the Halls of Residences you will be asked to
sign a legally binding contract stating that you will live in the
accommodation for the whole academic year.
You will be asked to pay the full years accommodation in full, on arrival.
You will be required to pay full charges for the entire period of time and
will be asked to pay a security deposit.
Rebates are not given for periods of absence, i.e. weekends, field trips,
etc., so if you are planning to be away regularly it is not advisable to take
a place in University accommodation.
You will need to provide pots and pans, crockery, kitchen utensils and in most
halls bedding. Students usually find it more convenient to purchase these
items once they have arrived in Liverpool.
All places in University residences are single study rooms – there are no
internet points or en-suite rooms available.
Points to remember about Private Student Halls of Residence
Cheques for deposits should be made out to the hall concerned not to the
Read the accommodation booklet carefully to find out what you need to provide
and what is available.
Booking a room without a deposit does not guarantee availability.
Some accommodation will take/withhold part of the deposit as a non-refundable
Procedure for Application
To apply for a place in accommodation at LJMU for academic year 2010/2010, new
International (non-UK) students should complete the online Accommodation Request
Form which can be found at http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/Accommodation/
The Accommodation Guide can also be downloaded from this website by clicking on
the third link on the left of this page.
All private rented accommodation in Liverpool is co-ordinated by Liverpool
Student Homes (LSH), which is an organisation specifically set up to help all
students looking for accommodation in the private sector. LSH provides advice
and help on how to search for properties, what to look out for and issues to bear
in mind when talking to landladies/landlords (the people from whom you will be
There are a large number of halls, flats, houses and bedsits available in
Liverpool. Many of them are close to existing Halls of Residences.
International students travelling from abroad often prefer to stay in University
accommodation, as the prospect of finding their own private housing in a foreign
country is daunting. However, once students become more familiar with the city,
living in private accommodation can be both exciting and enjoyable.
Private landlords will ask for a returnable deposit and you will have to sign a
If you require private sector accommodation in either a flat, bedsit, shared
house or board and lodgings, you should contact Liverpool Students Homes directly
at the address below or visit their website to search for vacancies. You will
not be able to see any contact details for landlords unless the web pages are
accessed from a LJMU or University of Liverpool computer. If you do see a
vacancy you are interested and want assistance in finding further details, please
contact the International Student Welfare Advisor, Caroline O‟Rourke directly on
+44 (0) 151 231 3154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to
help. HOWEVER WE STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST STUDENTS ENTERING INTO ANY CONTRACT
WITHOUT PERSONALLY VIEWING THE PROPERTY.
Liverpool Student Homes, 140 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SR
Tel +44 151 794 3296
PLEASE NOTE THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED FROM 24 DECEMBER 2010 UNTIL 4 JANUARY 2011.
TEACHING AT LJMU
2010/2011 ACADEMIC TIMETABLE
Orientation Programmes 8th and 22nd September 2010
Semester dates: 13 September -10 December 2010
10 January – 27 May 2011
YOU MUST ARRIVE AND REGISTER BY 5pm on the 24th September 2010
THIS IS THE VERY LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT.
Please note that NO extensions will be given.
LEARNER SUPPORT AND TEACHING METHODS
You will find the transition from School/College to University a fairly major
one. The main difference being that the amount of work you do and how you
organise your work is mainly up to you. There are also differences in the
learning and teaching methods at LJMU compared to your home country, as well as
your formal class contact, you will be expected to carry out independent learning
by working as and individual or as part of a small group.
Lectures are the main way of providing information to you, in terms of the course
syllabus, references and suggesting subjects worth further reading. You are
expected to listen carefully and make notes of important points. You may be
provided with handouts where appropriate. The structure of lectures may vary
between subjects and class sizes can be large.
Seminars are usually based in a small class size and the discussion will relate
to either the previous lecture or a specialist topic. Seminars are usually quite
informal and can be very useful, background reading on the discussion subject is
recommended in order to join in debates and questions and answers. Seminars can
help you gain in confidence.
Practicals vary between courses of study. However, during the session you can
expect to put theory into practice. Usually demonstrators or technicians are
available to guide and support you should you experience and difficulties.
Tutorials can vary in size from small study groups to just a tutor and yourself.
This activity allows you to discuss in depth your work and develop your
understanding of the subject area. You will gain most from tutorials by
preparing in advance.
Group Work Tutors often set tasks to be carried out in small groups. By working
closely with other students you will develop inter-personal skills such as
decision making, problem solving and leadership.
Private Study You will find, in addition to formal class based activities you
will be expected to undertake private study which includes reading, making notes,
research and revision. Tutors will be ready to guide you, but it is up to you to
decide how you will carry out your own private learning. It is important to plan
ahead and organise your time efficiently in a way that will allow you to study,
and leave enough time for leisure activities as well as routine tasks like
You may consider the following points to help organise your private study.
Prepare a timetable: this can be on a daily or weekly basis
Prioritise what you need to do: make a list of what is required and keep
Decide where best to study: either your room, the Learning Resource Centre
or your local library
Your studying should take into account deadlines set by tutors. Do not leave
things to the last minute.
Most courses include an element of examination. Revision for these is best done
on a regular basis, such as weekly or monthly, but not the night before the exam.
Workshops on how to cope with exams are run by Counselling and Welfare Department
prior to and during the examination period.
You should wait until you arrive in Liverpool before you buy any textbooks, as
reading lists for courses are regularly updated. You may find differences in
lists of recommended reading you are issued by your course tutor, from any
previous lists you may have received. Sometimes it is possible to buy second-
hand books from students who have already finished the course. This can
obviously save you a lot of money.
Help and Support
Should you have any problems or worries, please discuss them with your tutor as
soon as possible. Any questions or queries regarding your course should be
addressed to the Admissions Information Officer.
FINANCIAL GUIDELINES FOR PAYING TUITION FEES
Tuition fees are payable in full on registration or 50% on registration, with the
second payment of 50% within 4 months, unless otherwise advised at the time of
application to study.
Please note that if payment is not made you would not be able to continue to
This money will not be refunded/transferred unless you give evidence of having
your visa refused. A copy of the visa refusal form is required. It is non-
refundable for any other reason.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
On line payments: Payment can be made on-line via our website.
Information is available at
International Students are only able to pay in amounts of 50% of the tuition fee.
Cheque: Cheque payments from a UK personal or business
account are acceptable. All cheques should be
made payable to:
Liverpool John Moores University
Cash: Cash payments must be made in sterling.
Bankers Draft: Bankers drafts should be made payable to:
Liverpool John Moores University
Bank Transfers: Transfers should be made to the following account
(see below for further details)
Liverpool John Moores University
Sort Code: 20-51-01
Account No: 70571024
Barclays Bank plc
The Liverpool City Business Centre
4 Water Street
Liverpool, L2 9DU, UK
Credit/Debit Cards: The following cards can be accepted in
payment of fees:
Many of our current students from various countries, find the easiest way of
paying their fees is to transfer the full amount directly into LJMU‟s account
before they leave their home country. If you think this will be the best method
for you, please ensure that your name and chosen course of study are clearly
shown on the transfer and that you inform the International Office when the
transfer has been made. This will enable us to make sure that the money is
credited to you.
At LJMU we consider it important that we are able to offer our international
students help and advice from before the time you arrive in the United Kingdom,
throughout your course of study until graduation, and when you return to your
home country as a member of our international alumni network.
If you need any help or information, please contact the International Office
Tel: +44 (0)151 231 3169
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER
07968 422 541
FAX NUMBER ++44 151 707 0199
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Liverpool.
FLIGHT ARRIVAL DETAILS
We can ONLY arrange your collection from Manchester Airport if you complete
the section below and
You arrange to arrive between the 3- 7th September, 8.00a.m to
If we do not receive your booking before the 27th August, we cannot
confirm your airport collection.
If you are arriving at Manchester Airport, we are unable to arrange to
collect you if you do not inform us of your flight number
ARRIVAL DATE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
ARRIVAL TIME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
ARRIVAL AIRPORT / TRAIN STATION
Please fax to +44(0)151 707 0199 or email details to International@ljmu.ac.uk ensuring
that the subject is clearly shown as
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY (main number) (0151) 231 2121
Accommodation (0151) 231
International Student Welfare Adviser (0151) 231 3154
International Admissions (0151) 231 3522/3172
EMERGENCY CONTACT 0151 231 3578 or
FREE TELEPHONE SERVICES
Emergency (ambulance, coastguard, fire brigade, 999
PAYING TELEPHONE SERVICES (Free if you call from a payphone)
International Operator 155
International Enquiries 153
UK Enquiries 118 500
Immigration Appeals Advisory Service (IAAS) London (0207) 357 6917
IAAS has offices at the following points of entry which are open during UK
Heathrow Airport Terminal 1 (0208) 745 6800
Terminal 2 (0208) 745 6850
Terminal 3 (0208) 745 6900
Terminal 4 (0208 )745 4700
Gatwick Airport (01293)
Manchester Airport Terminal 1 (0161) 489 2651
Terminal 2 (0161) 489 6146
Immigration Service Public Enquiry Office (0151) 237 0473
Reliance House, 20 Water Street, Liverpool
Liverpool John Moores University Students' Union (0151) 231 4900
Customs & Excise, Customs House (0151) 703 1200
Liverpool, L3 1DX
British Council (0161) 957 7000
11 Portland Place (central switchboard)
London, W1N 4EJ
British Council (0161) 957 7000
North West Regional Office
Manchester, M15 4PR
UKCOSA (1.00 PM to 4.00 PM only) (0207) 354 5210
International Inn Tel: 0151 709 8135
4 South Hunter Street From overseas:
Liverpool L1 9 JG 0044 151 709 8135
Prices from £15 per person per night, in dormitory Email:
style rooms. internationalinn.co.u
Hatters accommodation Tel: 0151 709 5570
56-60 Mount Pleasant From overseas:
Liverpool, L3 5SH 0044 151 709 5570
0151 709 5570 http://www.hattersgrou
SELHAL ( Women‟s Hostel) Tel: 0151 709 7791
Checklist for your place of study
Once your preparations are complete, you should ask yourself the following
Do you have the funds to pay for your course?
Do you have the documentation to enrol on your course?
Have you received information on how to get to your place of
study from the airport, and how much it will cost?
Have you told your place of study when you are likely to arrive?
Have you arranged collection from Manchester Airport – a week
Do you know exactly when and where you are supposed to arrive at
your place of study?
Have you planned your journey from the point of entry to your
Checklist for your journey
Have you bought travel tickets (including connecting flights to
regional airports, if required) and travel insurance?
Have you made all the necessary arrangements for any family, if
they are accompanying you?
Have you obtained a letter from your doctor for any prescribed
drugs you may need to bring with you?
Have you ordered British currency and traveller‟s cheques for
your immediate arrival expenses?
Have you checked whether you need permission to transfer money to
Have you checked whether your own government has restrictions on
the amount of money you can take out of your country?
Have you taken out medical/ personal insurance to cover you
between the day you arrive and the start of your course?
Have you checked with your local British Mission what you must
declare at customs?
Have you weighed your baggage to ensure that it is within your
baggage allowance and is easily transportable for your onward
Have you arranged accommodation if you wish to stay in London?
Have you arranged accommodation in Liverpool if you have no
permanent place to stay?
Once again we look forward to seeing you at LJMU soon.