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Pre-Arrival Guide

Arriving at a new school in a new country can seem very daunting. To help students and parents prepare for this, we have put together a comprehensive pre-arrivals guide that can be found below.

Before you arrive in the UK, you must email admissions:

  • Your arrival date and time
  • Your flight details
  • And let us know if you need a taxi from the airport*
  • Ensure you have completed the CAT4 aptitude test

*we will add the cost of this taxi to your next invoice.

What to bring

There are a some important documents and essential items that every student must bring with them to CATS Cambridge. We have created a helpful list on this page to make sure you have them all.

Things students must bring with them

Passport, visa and course documents

Passport (with visa if required).
Copy of visa decision letter from UKVI (this can be the digital copy).
CAS statement (confirmation of acceptance for studies) or COE (certificate of enrolment).
Boarding pass or flight ticket (especially if using eGates)

Supporting documents

Originals (not photocopies) of the supporting documents for your visa application, plus evidence of finances used for your visa. These will be listed on your CAS Statement. You should also bring a copy of your insurance documents.


Any medication you need to take.
Carry a letter (translated into English) from your doctor explaining what the medicine is and what it is for.
why you have been prescribed the medicine and what it is for. Bring any prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.

Funds for the first two-weeks

You will need funds for your arrival and first two weeks at College to cover books and taxis, most students will need around £200. If you are self-catered you will need around £500.

Parental consent form

Your parental consent form, completed by your parents or guardians.

UK power adaptor

Bring sufficient UK power adaptors for your electronic items.


CATS Cambridge has a business casual dress code. Students are expected to dress smartly and appropriate for a workplace environment. All students will require one smart business style suit for formal events, interviews and conferences. You will need appropriate gym/exercise clothing.

Mesh laundry bag

Your mesh laundry bags are used to protect delicate fabrics in the wash and separate clothes items.

Head Torch or Torch

Head torch affixed to the head for visibility at night or in dark conditions. This is for reasons of safety. It can be purchased online on arrival.

If you have any questions on which items you need to bring, please don’t hesitate to contact us at studentcommunications@catscambridge.com

Advice on laptop or tablet computers

Students can choose their device but it should be able to type up essays, carry out research, connect to a printer and have Microsoft Office installed as an English language version.

We recommend the following:

  • 13” screen
  • A keyboard which can be used for essay writing
  • 8GB Ram, Intel I5 processor (or equivalent) and a 500GB SSD
  • WiFi enabled
  • MS Windows with the MS Office portfolio of applications, or Apple Mac equivalent, as an English language installation
  • Those students who wish to use Apple products will need to ensure that they have a Microsoft account that enables them to use MS Office online. Please see Microsoft Account and Office on the Web for more information
  • If you wish to use a tablet, you should also have a stylus, Apple pen, s-pen or equivalent (as suitable for your device)
  • We also recommend that you invest in device upon which you can use a stylus to write. Whilst this is not mandatory for 2023/24 the way in which technology is progressing may well mean that it becomes so in the following year

Things students should not bring

Bed linen

This will be provided in your Boarding House

Large amounts of cash

Do not carry this on you or in your personal belongings.

Uninsured high value items

We advise against bringing any uninsured high-value items such as jewellery or expensive watches.