Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

International Student Advice and Support

Visa Advice

How and when to apply

Virtually all applications are made on-line via UK Visas and Immigration website.   UKVI give detailed information within the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, you should read the parts about Tier 4 (General) that are relevant to your circumstances.

When can I apply for a visa?

You will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) before you will be able to complete a visa application.  You can find more detail about CAS on our International Office website.

You can be issued with a CAS up to six months before the start of your course, but you cannot apply for a visa more than 3 months before the course start date on your CAS.  For example, if your course starts on 28th September, you can start to apply for your visa on 28th June.

It is advisable to apply for your visa as early as you can to make sure you do not miss your course start date.

How long does it take to get the visa?

This depends on your location and whether you have included everything in your application as required. You can check the UKVI webpage for a general indication of your local visa processing time.  During the summer the visa processing time is likely to be significantly longer.  In some countries the Visa Application Centre may offer services to ‘fast track’ the processing of your application for which there is an additional charge.

Important additional information

In 2015 UKVI introduced  Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) for anyone coming to the UK for more than 6 months.   Where this applies any Tier 4 visa will be issued for just 30 days to allow you to travel, after arriving in the UK you must collect your BRP which contains your permission to stay longer. 

The visa application process will ask you for your contact details in the UK and/or those of where you are studying and which Post Office you wish to collect your BRP from. If you use an address that is not near to the campus, you will have to collect your BRP from the post office nearest to that address. Within the visa application you can use the relevant University address for your contact details. 

Details of the nearest Post Office to each University campus are as follows:

Campus address

Nearest Post Office for BRP collection

Loughborough University

Epinal Way



LE11 3TU

Loughborough Post Office

10 High Street



LE11 2PY

Loughborough University in London

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


E20 2ST

Stratford Post Office

26 - 28 The Broadway



E15 4QS

Please note that all pre-sessional courses are delivered at the Loughborough campus.

The Student Advice and Support Service is authorised to provide immigration advice and services by an order made under section 84(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Educational Institutions and Health Sector Bodies) Order 2001 (Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 1403)). Should you have a complaint about the service you can use the Student Advice and Support Service's complaints procedure or you can use the OISC Complaints Scheme.