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Prepare to study

You've received an offer, what next?

Applying and receiving an offer is the start of your journey to study with us, there are a few more steps you need to take before we see you on campus.

Students with programmes commencing March 2023

Due to the accommodation shortages impacting all universities in Glasgow, our usual accommodation at Student Roost has reached the capacity limit – impacting the Pre-Masters Programme students commencing at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre (ISC) in March 2023.

If you have not yet secured an accommodation, we have developed two options to support you to progress with your education plans to study at the University of Strathclyde:

Option 1 – Study on campus with the Study Group Hotel offer (for term 1 only)

We have secured a special discounted offer for students at a local four-star hotel in the heart of Glasgow city centre. The hotel offers large comfortable rooms with full facilities including Wi-Fi, laundry, café, and restaurant service – less than 20 minutes away from the International Study Centre.

For more information on the hotel offering, please visit the Accommodation webpage.

Option 2 - Study on campus and arrange your own accommodation privately

You also have the option to book your own accommodation privately, but it is important that you let us know where you are staying. Please note that your accommodation must be within a 60-minute commutable distance from the ISC.

The accommodation shortage has now also extended to the availability of private rental accommodation, which is also limited, due to strong demand from domestic and international students. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you secure your accommodation before you book your travel to Glasgow, Scotland.

Useful links:

Download the House Hunting Starter Guide, created by the University of Strathclyde’s Students’ Union for some guidance on other types of accommodation available in the area.

Look out for fraud:

Scammers may specifically target international students so it is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. Let us know at if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity when dealing with a private accommodation provider so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.

Important things to do before you arrive

Important things to do before you arrive

Pay your confirmation fee and return your signed acceptance form to confirm your offer.

Once you have confirmed, you will have access to our Welcome Hub with lots of useful information about preparing to study.

You can apply for your CAS up to six months before your course start date (three months if you are in the UK)

a. Book and take your Pre-CAS interview (if required)  

b. Pay any fees due - check the information in your payment plan in your offer letter  

c. Provide any outstanding documents - your insurance information, emergency contact details, any study gap information (if applicable), living arrangement confirmation form and previous UK Visa history (if applicable) 

d. Receive your CAS preview. Sign and return it  

e. Submit your financial or bank documents - you must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

Once you have received your CAS you can apply for your visa and take your UKVI interview.

If you have requested accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Services Team will contact you directly regarding the options available. 

Should you choose to book your own accommodation, we suggest you live close to the Centre so you can make the most of your student experience, but your accommodation should be no more than one hour travel time from the Centre.

Receive your visa and book your travel. When booking your travel, make sure you arrive before your first day of term, so you don’t miss our valuable induction programme. Accommodation with the International Study Centre is usually available two days before the start of term.

It is essential all international students have the protection of personal insurance while studying in the UK. You can take out our StudyCare Insurance Plus cover or arrange your own.

StudyCare Insurance Plus is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university.

Our insurance cover is available for up to 12 months or up to 24 months, allowing you to choose the policy length that suits you. Both lengths cover travel to the UK, loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance.

In your first week, you will take part in orientation activities and get to know the people and places around you. These normally include tours, information talks, and team games. You will receive further information when your place at the International Study Centre is confirmed.

Important dates

You must submit your CAS documents and have them approved by the published deadlines, at the latest. Please note that these CAS ready deadlines are based on standard visa processing times, and are set in conjunction with the University. If the deadlines for your programme are not yet currently listed, you will be contacted by Admissions when the information is available

Undergraduate Foundation Programme or International Year One BBA start date: 9th January 2023
Pre-Masters Programme start date: 27th March 2023

CAS deadlines

Undergraduate Foundation Programme or International Year One BBA

9th January start date

13th December 202220th December 202227th December 20223rd January 2023

Pre-Masters Programme

27th March start date

28th February 20237th March 202314th March 202321st March 2023















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For United Kingdom onshore students (already in the UK) the CAS deadline is 9th January 2023.

Later CAS deadlines may be available if you are using a Super Priority or Priority Service. Contact Admissions for information.

^ Information does not relate to Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, as this programme is fully virtual.