International Study Centre

Tips for your September arrival

Get ready to study at LJMU

September has arrived and now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to Liverpool! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

At Liverpool John Moore University International Study Centre, term starts Monday 26th September. Be sure to arrive on time for induction at 9am.

Be prepared

We recommend flying into Manchester Airport, as it is the closest international airport to Liverpool. Before catching your flight, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Before you leave:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Book your flights
  • Complete the pre-arrival form
  • Book your taxi transfer

It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to Liverpool and during your first week.

What to bring with you on your first day:

  • Evidence of your Secure English language test
  • Passport and visa
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while traveling.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.

During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, Liverpool and the International Study Centre. This week is often called “induction”. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might you have some extra time to explore your new home city. Liverpool is internationally known for music, so you’ll never be short of places to go to listen to great bands. The city is also home to the oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra in the UK, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. Liverpool has a great transportation system, including buses and a ferry. There are even city bikes you can rent for an hour or the whole day to tour the city.

This is an exciting time to head to Liverpool, with a lot of annual events and festivals taking place.

Happening in September:

  • Liverpool Biennial – A free festival of contemporary art unfolding across the city.
  • The Beatles Story – The world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted to The Beatles. Audio guides are available in ten different languages so you can dive into their story.
  • Liverpool Food and Drink Festival – One of the greatest ways to get to know a culture is through its food. With sweet and savoury treats available there will be something for everyone.

Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help.

Other useful websites for planning your time in Liverpool:

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.