Information for new international students

We are proud to invite students from across the world to our base in London, and also to deliver education across the globe in different settings

At the Tavistock and Portman we welcome students from around the globe. If you are joining us for study this year, you may have some queries relating to  study and your residence.

Student visas and travel

Information on student visas

Fees for international students

Information and support about fees for international students

Information about studying abroad

UK Council for International Student Affairs:

British Council:

International Student: Study in the UK Guide for International Students

Banking in the UK

Banks in the UK are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and must operate in accordance with their requirements and those of the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group. They also have their own policies and procedures to follow and will carry out relevant checks to decide what account you may be eligible to open. If you are not able to open an account with your first choice of bank, we recommend you try elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Trust does not have any influence over a bank’s decision.

The FCA have some useful information for consumers about opening a bank account in the UK. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) also produce helpful information for students about opening a bank account.

Shopping in the UK


There are many local independent shops where you can buy food in London. The big food chain stores in the UK are: Sainsbury’sTescoWaitroseMarks & SpencerMorrisonsASDALidlAldi


There are various places to purchase essential items for your new room or accommodation. Below is a list of places you can find bed linen, towels, furniture, kitchen utensils etc. ArgosIKEATigerJohn Lewis


Check out this website for ideas about places to buy clothing.
Shopping Directory

The website My Supermarket helps you find the best deals on products from across four major supermarkets.

Restaurants and eating out

Restaurants & Cafes in London – Time Out London

The 10 Best London Restaurants – TripAdvisor

Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in central London | Travel | The Guardian

London + UK Restaurant + Venue Guide | SquareMeal

Support and wellbeing

UK Department of Health: UK Department of Health Overseas

London Nightline: UK Department of Health Overseas

The Samaritans:

Save the Student:

Bright Knowledge:

Student life

Whether you study with us for five hours or five years, we will ensure that your time spent with us is academically and socially engaging and worthwhile.

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