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Visas

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa to check if you need a visa and to ensure that you understand the requirements of obtaining a UK visa
Obtaining a visa can take up to 3 months, but you should get a decision within 3 weeks. We, therefore, recommend that you complete your registration at least 3 months before the start date of your course
The UK immigration authorities require us to see and retain a copy of your passport or official travel document and keep complete, up to date student information; including your contact details in the UK and abroad
It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes immediately. You can do this by logging into your account or by emailing us the new details
We have no control over, and cannot be held responsible, for any UK visa regulation changes at any time
Please read in our T&Cs information on course cancellations, refunds and postponement of your course start date

 

Before You Arrive

We have tried to think ahead, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. As soon as we have received your completed registration, we will send you detailed information about your course, and accommodation if you have booked it, as well as the relevant guidelines.

 

For now though, here are some things you need to consider:
Think about travel before you arrive. It could save you money and time. Many visitors opt for the Visitors Oyster Card but you must order it before you travel to London Visitors Oyster Card
Check if you need to renew your European Health Insurance - EHIC card. A hospital visit could be very expensive without it.
You might want to consider travel insurance. Better safe than sorry!
Plan your stay. London is a vibrant city with a lot to offer. Check out Visit London Guide
Our Travel Tips below will give you all the information you need about the various transport methods in London
We advise all students to take photocopies of all travel documents and flight tickets. They are easier to replace if lost or damaged.

 

While an EHIC card allows EEA and Swiss nationals to receive free or reduced cost medical treatment, it is not a substitute for travel insurance as there are several things it does not cover, such as repatriation, air ambulances, certain types of procedure, emergency accommodation and transport.

Your First Day

   

On your first day please bring:
Your Passport (or EU ID)
Notebook, pen or pencil 
Confirmation of Enrolment
Your love for learning and a smile!

 

After a warm welcome from the Lexis team you will be shown to your class and meet your fellow students

 

Level Assessment Interview 
You will be placed in a class based on the information you have provided during registration. Your teacher will know that it is your first lesson and so will monitor your progress carefully. After your first class, you will have a level assessment interview with the Director of Studies/ member of the academic management team, which will help us ensure the correct level.

 

 

Travel Tips for London Visitors / Think Different

 

The cheapest way to get around in Central London is walking, however be careful when crossing the street.

Markings on the roads help you remember which direction to look. Just look down before you cross.

In the UK, we drive on the left so take care crossing the road. Read this information carefully. It is written for children, but useful for adults also: Green Cross Code

 

 

Many visitors opt for the Visitors Oyster Card but you must order it before you come.Visitors Oyster Card
Types of transportation in London:
The Tube  Watch what everybody else does and copy them, especially on escalators on the tube during rush hour when it’s very busy
Red Buses Put your arm out to signal a bus to stop. Standing at the bus stop not putting your arm out makes you look like you're waiting for a different bus
Uber  You need to download the Uber App / Don't travel alone in the evenings
Taxis/ minicabs https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/
Santander Bikes https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles
Overground Trains  https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/london-overground/
Download the CityMapper app before coming to London: Citymapper App
Have a look at the various downloadable maps London's Free Maps 

 

Insurance

We highly recommend to arrange full insurance cover before arriving in the UK.

Opening a UK Bank Account

It is possible for students to open a bank account in the UK.

Documents required:

  • Passport
  • Bank letter from the school (use the letter request form & hand it in at reception)
  • Sometimes you can be asked for proof of address (bills for example)

Tips:

  • Try banks in areas which are not too busy
  • If unsuccessful with a bank, don’t give up, just try another one
The following banks have branches in Finchley: Barclays, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds TSB & NatWest.

 

More and more students open online bank accounts. The most popular amongst students is Monzo    https://monzo.com/i/current-account

Approximate costs of leisure activities

London is an expensive city to live in and prices for different activities can vary enormously, depending on when you do them and the exact location.
Some places will have a discount price for students, so remember to take your Lexis Student ID with you!


The table below gives you a idea of how much you can expect to spend:

Activity Approximate Cost
Pub visit From £5 per pint of beer
Lunch (in a cafe) From £5
Dinner/ evening meal in a fast food restaurant From £5
Dinner/ evening meal in a restaurant From £10
Cinema ticket From £10
Bowling From £10
Theatre ticket From £25
Museums / Attractions Many are free to enter; with £5 - £25 charges
for special exhibitions

 

Gabriel - one of our 1st Full Time English language students - 2012 

See Gabriel's video here

Queen's Guard

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