Frequently asked questions

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we understand you require reassurance, support and answers to your questions about coming to study at Loughborough University next academic year. We are providing a comprehensive offer to our international applicants which will bring reassurance and flexibility to the Loughborough admissions process.

International students who are applying for a Postgraduate Taught programme at our London campus should refer to the Loughborough University London FAQs for further information.


Will the University reimburse the cost of quarantining in a Government-approved hotel if I am travelling from a Red List country?

There is no longer a requirement for any arrivals into the UK to complete a period of quarantine in a Government-approved hotel.

Loughborough University reimbursed the full cost of one quarantine period per student in the 2021-22 year (for those with either a October 2021 or January 2022 start date) to the value of £2,285, for new undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students who travelled from their permanent residence in red list countries.

Please note the deadline has passed for reimbursement claims for this period and the scheme has now closed.

What do I need to do if I have been ‘fully vaccinated'?

All testing requirements have been removed for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals, with only a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) now required to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

You will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England or after you arrive and you will not need to quarantine. You can check if you qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ here.

However as with all students arriving back onto campus, you will be required to book an asymptomatic lateral flow test at the Asymptomatic testing centre on arrival. These can also be booked here.

What do I need to do if I do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’?

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, you will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England. 

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test which has to be booked before travel. You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2. The day you arrive is day 0. You will not need to quarantine, unless the result of the PCR test is positive. your test result. Most PCR test results are received within 48 hours.

A discounted Randox test can be requested here. You will be sent booking instructions which will include the discount code. The PCR test can be purchased using this discount or via the UK Government’s Approved portal. The Randox test kit would be delivered to the address specified and can be posted back via a priority postbox.

You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

Before you travel

How is Loughborough University supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are supporting our students in every possible way, as outlined in our Back to Campus information for new and returning students and staff. We also continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

What will the student experience be like at Loughborough next year?

Loughborough University has put together an overview of what students might expect upon your arrival next academic year.

Can the University support me to obtain my Student visa?

The Student Advice and Support Service has online information to help you apply for Student visa permission both in the UK and from your home. We also have advisers who can offer you support by email and free appointments are available.

Will you be offering airport coach collections this year? If so, will the dates remain the same and what will the cost be?

A free coach service is arranged by Loughborough University to provide transport from Terminal 2, London Heathrow Airport, to the Loughborough campus for new international students at the start of the academic year.  For dates and registration please see our airport coach webpage.

Do I have to take a COVID-19 test before I travel to the UK?

You will only need to take a COVID-19 test before travel if you do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’. The test is to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England and proof of a negative test is required on arrival.

What is the Passenger Locator Form?

The British government requires all arrivals, regardless of nationality or the country of origin, to complete a passenger locator form before travelling to the UK, listing the address of the nominated place of self-isolation. Individuals must bring a copy of the this form with them (either printed or electronic).

When you arrive

How do I get to the Loughborough campus on arrival to the UK?

Our Loughborough campus is easily accessible with lots of transport links located nearby.  The UK government provides guidance on how to travel to the place where you are self-isolating.

In addition, a free coach service is arranged by Loughborough University to provide transport from Terminal 2, London Heathrow Airport, to the Loughborough campus. This service is available for new international students studying at the Loughborough campus. The service will provide transport to the Loughborough campus in time for self-isolation and at the start of the academic year.

When should I register with the Medical Centre if I have to self-isolate?

The Medical Centre provide a registration option prior to arrival. Please register here at least 10 working days prior to your arrival.

When should I conduct my Police registration if I have to self-isolate?

The Leicestershire police registration process starts online and any attendance can be booked for after you have completed your self-isolation period.

When should I collect by Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if I have to self-isolate?

If you apply for your Student visa overseas and nominate Loughborough University as the delivery location for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), an update on the collection location, dates and times will be published here.

Students will not be penalised for being unable to collect their BRP within 10 days if they are required to self-isolate. We ask that you collect your BRP as soon as you can after the self-isolation period has ended.

What if I develop symptoms of Covid-19 during self-isolation?

If you become symptomatic during your isolation period, you must inform the University by completing this form and contact the NHS 111 online.

What if I need to seek medical help not relating to Covid-19 during self-isolation?

We would recommend that you contact the Medical Centre/your GP or NHS 111 if you require medical attention as soon as possible even if you are self-isolating.

Where can I find more information about my arrival at Loughborough University?

Information and advice relating to your first few weeks at our Loughborough campus can be found here.