Before you arrive


Coming to Brunel University

Studying at Brunel Language Centre will be your first stepping stone to life at Brunel. You will be joining a lively student community, in which we provide a friendly and caring teaching environment in order to help you achieve the results you need to progress onto your future academic studies. Please read our new Brunel Language Centre Pre-Arrival Guide.

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To make sure you are ready for life at Brunel Language Centre, there are a few preparations you need to make before you arrive. Please use these pages to help you to fully prepare. We also recommend that you download a copy of the Great British Magazine, which provides advice on UK culture. We look forward to welcoming you to Brunel!

We hope you find this information useful, but if you still have any further questions we are always avaliable to help, you can contact us at

What Next

I have an offer, what should I do next?

You will be sent your offer letter by email. It is important that you read this email carefully. For your offer to become unconditional you must complete the following conditions:


Provide a copy of your passport
Pay the £1000 deposit (select Tuition Fee deposit) or provide a sponsorship letter/financial guarantee

We require these documents to be able to issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies – CAS number. You will need this to apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa. You can find more information about applying for your visa under the immigration tab.

You will also need to have an unconditional offer to secure your accommodation on campus.

Brunel Campus


Will I receive any pre-arrival information?

With your offer letter you will also be sent a ‘Pre-arrival Information’ document. This will be sent by email and it is important that you read this document carefully. We have included further details on all the areas covered in this section, as well as how to complete the first stage of your on-line enrolment and some top tips of what to bring with you to the UK (you don’t want to bring too much luggage with you)!

If you still require more information please email us at


Do I need a Visa?


If you are an international student and have applied to study at Brunel Language Centre, in most cases, you will need to apply for a visa. If you are not sure if you need a visa, you can check on the UKVI website for more information.

Please note that if you are thinking of bringing any family members with while you study at Brunel, they may also need a visa or need to be included on your visa. You will need to have the funds available to support both yourself and your family while you study at Brunel.

What type of visa do I need?

In most cases, for the English and Foundation courses offered by Brunel Language Centre, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa. You will also need a Tier 4 visa for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Brunel or LBIC.

You should make sure that your visa covers the full length of your course and has Brunel's sponsor licence number. Once you have completed your Brunel Language Centre course, you will need to apply for another visa for your academic programme. At Brunel Language Centre, we offer students full support in applying for their new visa.

Please note that changes are sometimes made to the Tier 4 visa and we would recommend that you check the UKVI website.

How do I apply for my visa?

Visa Support

Once you applied for your Brunel Language Centre course
you will need to make sure you have:

  • Provided a copy of your passport
  • Paid your deposit

Then we can issue you with your Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS)
number. You will need this CAS number to submit to your embassy to apply for your visa. Please note:

  • We will send your CAS number to you by email.
  • You will need to check this carefully to ensure it has your correct details.  
  • You can only apply for your visa 3 months before the start date of your Brunel Language Centre course. (The CAS number is only valid for 6 months from date of issue)
Who can I contact with enquiries?

If you still have some questions, you can also contact us at




How do I pay my deposit or tuition fees?

Once you have been made an offer for your Brunel Language Centre course you will need to pay a deposit so we can make your offer unconditional. We also require a deposit to issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies – CAS number, which you will need to apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa.

There are several ways you can pay your Brunel Language Centre course fees:

  • Credit Card
  • Cheque (must be in British Pounds Sterling and made Payable to Brunel University. Please ensure that you include your student number and name on the back of your cheque.)
  • Sponsorship – (you will need to provide your letter of sponsorship prior to enrolment in order to receive your CAS – if you scholarship does not cover your full fees you will need to pay the remaining fees at enrolment.)
  • Online payment - When making a payment online you should use your name and student number as the payment reference
  • Bank Transfer

Bank name: HSBC
Bank address:
PO Box 41, High Street,
Uxbridge, Middlesex,

Account name: Brunel University
Sort code: 4Ø-45-Ø8
Account number: Ø147823Ø
Swift code: MIDLGB21Ø9L
Iban number: GB16MIDL4Ø45Ø8Ø147823Ø

Please note: if you are paying by Bank Transfer, you will need to allow 3-5 working days for your payment to be cleared into the Brunel University account. We have to wait until payment is cleared before we can issue your CAS number; so please make the payment in plenty of time to apply for your visa.

Cheques should be made payable to “Brunel University” and should have the student number written on the back of the cheque.

Do I need to pay my fees before I enrol?

In most cases you will need to pay the full fees of your Brunel Language Centre course at enrolment; to be able to attend class. If your course is longer than 21 weeks, you can pay 60% of your fees before registration and the remaining 40% at the start of January (this generally applies to the English@Brunel programmes starting in August, September and October).

You will also be given further information in your pre-arrival documentation.

For more advice, please email


Applying for on campus accommodation

Campus Rooms
I have an offer, how do I apply for accommodation?

Once you have been made an offer for a course with Brunel Language Centre, you can apply for your accommodation on campus.

To secure your room you must:

  • Be holding an unconditional offer for your Pre-Sessional Course
  • Pay the accommodation deposit, £350 - Single Room, £350 Studio Flat

(Please note that while we try to ensure that all our Brunel Language Centre students are given a room on campus, we cannot guarantee campus accommodation will be allocated to you).

Read more information about how to apply for on-campus accommodation or apply online here.

What types of rooms are available on campus?

With more than 4,500 rooms on campus you will be joining a vibrant and friendly community. From your campus room, you are never more a few minutes away from the teaching, social and sporting facilities. All the rooms are well equipped (including internet connection) and come with a communal kitchen.


To view more photos of our campus accommodation and to view our guide to student accommodation video please visit

The options include;

Cost per week 2014/15
Type of Room
En-suite (Bishop Complex, Faraday Hall, Lancaster Complex, Isambard Complex) - Single Room
En-suite (Mill Hall) - Single Room
Standard (Chepstow Hall, Clifton Hall, Saltash Hall) - Shared bath/shower room facilities - Single Room
Isambard Studio Flat - Private Kitchen and bath/shower room facilities - Couples only
Faraday Flat - Private Kitchen and bath/shower room facilities - Couples only

What if I prefer to live off campus?

If you prefer to live off campus, there are number of options available. There is a wide selection of housing close to Brunel that is reasonably priced for the London area. This may suit you particularly if you are planning to bring your family while you study at Brunel, (we do not provide family accommodation on-campus) or if you prefer to live together with your friends.

Read more about off campus accommodation.

Airport Pick-Up

Book your free airport collection

We hope you have an enjoyable journey to the UK. To help your journey go as smoothly as possible, Brunel Language Centre offer a FREE airport pick-up taxi service for new students arriving at Heathrow Airport. 

You can book your pickup here, up to one month before your course starts:


 Please do not use the online form to book your airport pickup more than once: If you need to change any of the details, or you have made any mistakes, please just reply to your confirmation email with the corrections. Do NOT re-apply online.

Please try and wait to make your airport pickup booking until you have details of where you will be staying in Accommodation. If this is not possible, just make the online application and then reply to the confirmation email stating which halls you will be staying in once you have the details.

What do I do when I arrive at the airport?

Firstly, find baggage collection. Once you have collected your luggage and been through Immigration control, walk into the Arrivals hall and find a phone box. These are public phones and should be easy to find as you walk into Arrivals. If you can’t find one, ask a member of staff or go to the Information Desk.

Call LONDON HEATHROW CARS, by dialing UK free phone number 0800 505 3231 (or if you call from your mobile, dial 0208 814 2727) and mention your name. Around 10 minutes later your driver will meet you inside the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name.

How do I find my driver?

Once you have called, make your way to meet your driver at the meeting point in Arrivals. The driver will meet you here and will be holding a sign with your name on.

Meeting point for each terminal:

Terminal 1: Costa Coffee

Terminal 2: W H Smith

Terminal 3: Tourist services desk

Terminal 4: Costa Coffee

Terminal 5: Costa Coffee

What if my flight is delayed?

Your driver will know about any flight delays. Just make sure you call your driver when you come out of arrivals, and a car will be with you in around 10 minutes.

Where will I be dropped off at Brunel?

If you are arriving at campus between 9am - 4.55pm, you will be dropped straight to your halls accommodation. This is where you will need to get your keys from (at the halls reception). On the form you told us you are staying in Isambard Complex (North, Meadow, Michael Bevis, Concourse, Stephen Bragg, West, Maurice Kogan, David Neave, Central, East, Runnymede, George Shipp, Trevor Slater, Shoreditch, Syd Urry, South, Brian Winstanley) please reply to this email if this is incorrect. 

If you are arriving at campus between 5pm and 9am, you should remind your driver to drop you at the Security Office. Your driver should then wait for you to get their keys, and take you to your halls accommodation with your luggage.

Make sure you talk to Accommodation Office before you depart, so they know where you will be collecting your keys and they will give you instructions on this

If you would prefer to make your own way to the Brunel Campus - there are several options available: 

By Bus:

The U3 Bus leaves from Heathrow Airport Bus Station starting from 05:10 am, and a bus leaves roughly every ten minutes, with the last service at midnight. The bus stops outside Brunel University Security Office - please ask the driver where to get off if you are not sure.

By Taxi:

Alternatively, if you wish to travel by taxi, a Black Cab from Heathrow Airport to the University should cost around £35.00 - £40.00, however please be aware prices can vary.

We do not recommend traveling to Brunel from Heathrow by London Underground, as it may take a long time.

Page last updated: Friday 23 October 2015