You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. As soon as you know for sure when you are required to arrive, you should make your booking. Always check with the university or organisation the actual date that you are supposed to be there by.
Some general advice...
- What about travelling with other Sheffield students? Find out who else is going to the same destination and contact them as early as possible to make joint arrangements.
- Get directions and a map from your contacts in your host country.
- Find out if there is a “meet and greet” service that you can use.
- If you have pre-arranged your accommodation, make sure that you know exactly when and where to collect the keys.
- If you have not managed to find accommodation before you leave, be prepared to book into a hotel or guesthouse for at least the first few nights.
- If you want to take a car, check with the AA or RAC about using a British driving licence over a long period in your host country. Also, don’t forget to tell your insurance company!
- Can’t carry everything you want to take? Make enquiries with your travel agent about sending unaccompanied luggage.
- An International Student Travel Card can help you get cheap flights/train fares (and can also be used as photo ID). Please contact your travel agent for further advice.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your local post office. This will entitle you to reduced cost or even free medical treatment.
- Top this up with private insurance too.
- Consider ways of off-setting your carbon footprint whilst travelling to, from and around your host country.