New international students

Welcome to Bedfordshire - Information for new International Students

Studying in a foreign country is as exciting as it is challenging - to help you prepare to leave for the UK and get yourself organised in the first few days here we have put together some useful guides for you.

International student Orientation schedule for July start [PDF]

Guide for new undergraduate and postgraduate students starting in 2019/2020


Read our useful guide on what to expect when you arrive and what you need to do in your first few weeks with us.

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1. From London Heathrow by taxi:

Have your destination address clearly written on a piece of paper Confirm cost before departure to ensure you have enough cash to cover the fare.

2. From London Heathrow Airport by bus/coach

Take the National Express public coach service direct to Luton - this coach leaves from the Central Bus Station for Terminals 1,2 and 3, and from directly outside the terminal building for Terminals 4 and 5.

You can buy a ticket (cost from around 27.50 GBP) at the National Express ticket office in the Central Bus Station or directly from the driver. This is a high frequency service - there is a bus to Luton every hour 7 days a week from 06:00 to 23:00.

3. From London Heathrow Airport by Underground ('tube') and Thameslink

At Heathrow the London Underground train station (Piccadilly Line) is located directly under the central bus station for terminals 1, 2 and 3, and is clearly signposted from all Terminals. Terminals 4 and 5 have their own, separate station. Underground services run from around 05:30 to 23:30. Underground map:

Take the London Underground train, Piccadilly Line, from Heathrow to London (kings Cross St Pancras Station). Change at King's Cross St Pancras station onto the Thameslink train to Luton. Get off at Luton Station (not at Luton Airport Parkway).

1. From London Gatwick Airport by Thameslink and Great Northern train

Take a Thameslink (and Great Northern train) from the North Terminal. Trains for Luton leave every 30 minutes. Get off at Luton (not at Luton Airport Parkway). The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes and a single ticket costs up to 30 GBP (the price varies depending on what time of day you are travelling).

2. From London Gatwick Airport by bus/coach

Take a National Express Coach to Luton. There are National Express ticket desks in the North and South Terminals. A single ticket costs from around 20 GBP. For more information about travelling to and from Gatwick check

3. From London Gatwick Airport by Taxi

Have your destination address clearly written on a piece of paper. Confirm cost before departure to ensure you have enough cash to cover the fare.

If you are heading to a different campus, we have detailed guides to help you find us, wherever you're coming from. Select your Campus from the menu here for guidance.


University Partnership Agreement

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the University Community at Bedfordshire. We have produced this University Partnership Agreement. It explains what it means to be a member of the University of Bedfordshire community. The Agreement sets out the commitment the University makes to its students and what the University expects from students and staff as members of the community. Download University Partnership Agreement - PDF 982.9 KB