The University of Suffolk continues to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 both in the UK and overseas. On Thursday 24 February 2022, the UK Government introduced their latest response: Living with COVID-19, detailing the plan for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience. Further information can be found on our Living with COVID-19 page.
Requirements and some restrictions remain in place for travellers entering the UK during COVID-19, and this will depend on your vaccination status and where you are travelling from. The information below will signpost you to key sources of information published by the UK Government.
We will endeavour to stay at the forefront of developments in each country with regards to examinations, final grades and travel restrictions, and to keep you informed of the options available. If you have any questions, please contact the International Office via email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anybody aged 18 or over who is in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination regardless of their nationality or immigration status free of charge.
To make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination we encourage you to register with a local General Practicioner (GP) to obtain an NHS number. Once you have this number you will be able to contact your GP directly to make an appointment. While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.
It is vital that international students arriving in the UK have followed the correct arrival procedure. Failure to do so may result in possible delays or fines. In some instances, students may be denied entry at the border.
Students must follow the law on international travel. This means if you are a student coming to the UK, before you travel (regardless of where from) you must first check what the requirements are for entering England. Be aware that travel advice may change, therefore we recommend regularly checking the relevant UK Government guidance for the latest updates prior to travelling.
We also recommend that you undertake the following in advance of your travel to ensure we can support you as best as possible:
Follow the safer travel guidelines and plan ahead to avoid busy times
Ensure you arrange appropriate travel insurance
Contact the Academic Registrar by emailing email@example.com to notify us of your intended arrival date so we can support you
Provide pre-booked travel arrangements for dates outside your confirmed start date
We are committed to ensuring our applications and admissions processes will endeavour to stay at the forefront of developments in each country with regards to exams and final grades. We realise that English language qualifications may also be affected and wish to reassure you that in the event that you are unable to undertake a test, we may use alternative methods to assess your English language ability. We have also modified our University of Suffolk Password Skills test so that this can be invigilated and taken remotely online. Visit our English Language Requirements page for more information.
Our Admissions Team are here to help. Our team are currently working remotely, but can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through Livechat.
Whilst we hope that you will be able to travel to the University of Suffolk before your course starts, we realise that this may not be possible due to travel restrictions. As a result, higher education institutions have been permitted to offer a blended learning approach for students due to study in the UK until 30 June 2022. This means that some of your learning will be delivered face-to-face, and some delivered online.
If you are due to start a course of 12-months or less in Spring 2022 via distance learning, or a course longer than 12-months starting in Autumn 2021 and enter the UK before 30 June 2022, you will still be eligible for the Graduate Route. We encourage you to travel to the UK as soon as you are able to, taking into consideration the guidance on travelling to the UK when making your plans.
The University of Suffolk continues to monitor the UK Government Immigration Advice which relates specifically to the COVID-19 outbreak. You should already be aware that the UKVI will not take compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies due to COVID-19, however the University expects that you continue to engage with your course through a combination of on-site attendance (where appropriate), and use of online services such as virtual lectures/seminars, BrightSpace and Library resources in order that you can make academic progress and continue working towards successfully completing your course.
You should engage with your course tutor and/or support staff as appropriate, and if contacted about your engagement with your course you should respond in a timely way.
If you are a PhD student studying on a Tier 4/Student Visa, you should continue to engage and progress academically and remain in contact with your supervisor at least monthly (via a virtual meeting). Should you intend to leave the UK permanently and submit your thesis remotely, please liaise with the Graduate School by contacting the Graduate School Coordinator, Joanna Walpole, on email@example.com or 01473 338287.
Please note that ongoing non-engagement with your course may lead to withdrawal in accordance with the University’s Student Attendance and Engagement Monitoring Policy. In accordance with UKVI regulations, students who hold a Tier 4 or Student Visa who are withdrawn for any reason will be reported to the UKVI and as a consequence your UK immigration permissions will be withdrawn and you would be expected to leave the UK as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Booking your accommodation
The Student Centre can provide information about recommended accommodation throughout your studies at the University of Suffolk. You will find information about on-campus and off-campus accommodation on our website, and can contact the landlords of the properties via links in these pages to ask any questions about a property before making a booking.
The on-campus halls of residence, Athena Hall, is popular with students new to the University of Suffolk. Off-campus, you will find a mixture of halls-style accommodation and shared houses. To see the accommodation we recommend off-campus please visit Suffolk Student Pad.
Arriving in Ipswich
The closest airport to Ipswich is London Stansted. Once you have landed at London Stansted Airport you can take a National Express bus directly from the airport to Ipswich, which takes approximately 90 minutes; this can be pre-booked, or you can purchase your ticket from the airport. Please note the health and safety protocols that should be observed at the coach station and on the buses via the National Express website. Once your bus arrives to Ipswich, the University and Athena Hall accommodation are a short 14-minute walk away.
If you are arriving at another London airport, such as Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton, we suggest that you travel by train from the airport to London Liverpool Street train station. From here, you can take a direct train to Ipswich station, which takes approximately one hour. From here you can then take a taxi to the University or to your accommodation.
For more information on rail travel, please visit the National Rail website.