Before you arrive

We are very pleased that you have chosen to come to St. Clare's this summer. This page explains what you have to do next and answer some frequently asked questions. Follow the links on the left for your particular course.

After booking onto our summer course, there is still a few things left to do before you arrive at St. Clare's

1. Book your flights

2. You will need to let us know your travel plans:

we will send you an email where you can book airport transfers and let us know your arrangements. Please book transfers as soon as possible to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements for you

3. Download and complete the 'Letter of consent to travel form' (We don't need a copy of this) for immigration. You will need to show them your passport, Visa (if required), St Clare’s letter of acceptance and your 'Letter of consent to travel form

What to bring

The list gives you a useful guide to what you should and shouldn’t bring to St. Clare’s.

You should bring:

Letter of consent to travel form - Your parents must complete this form. Please print and bring the completed form to show at Immigration at the airport.

Secure bag or money belt


E-ticket/travel information for the journey to and from the UK

Emergency contact telephone numbers for parents eg. at home, at work, at a holiday home or hotel (digital and print copy)

Medication, if required regularly

Writing paper and a pen

English money or credit/debit card with chip & PIN function

£30 (in cash) damage deposit

Battery charger with UK adaptor for electronic devices*

You can also bring:

A camera

A tennis racquet

Suitable machine washable clothes for an English summer (at least one jumper / sweatshirt and a waterproof coat or jacket)

Swimwear and swimming towel

Umbrella & sunscreen (as English weather is unpredictable!)

*Note about electronic devices: We encourage students on Intensive English and English Plus Academic Subjects courses to bring a tablet or laptop up to the value of £1000 (this includes £500 cover for electronic goods, going up to £1000 cover for IT equipment with a £25 excess in both cases). Please see the our Travel Insurance Policy for complete details of coverage.

You are not required to bring:

Bed linen (sheets, sleeping bag, blankets, etc)

Expensive jewellery or items of sentimental value that might be lost or stolen

Designer clothes requiring dry cleaning

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive for my course?

All courses start on Sundays and rooms are available from 14:00 hrs.

What happens on the first Sunday of the course?

We welcome you at reception and show you to your room. There is a welcome event for you in the evening. Join in the activities on site!

When do I start my course?

The Director of English Language Courses and the Dean of Students welcome you in the hall at 0900. You then take a placement test. The orientation continues during your first class before lunch.

When does my course finish?

The last teaching day is the final Friday of your course; the day before you depart.

When do I have to leave at the end of my course at St. Clare’s?

You leave on Saturday and we ask you to leave your room by 10:00 hrs in the morning.

Is insurance covered in the course fees?

All course fees include travel insurance for travel, medical and possessions cover. However we strongly recommend that you take out your own insurance in the case of lost or stolen belongings.

Are the airport transfers included in the course fees?

No. If you would like a taxi service to and from St. Clare’s from the airport, please complete our secure online airport transfers booking form. You need to book and pay for this transfer at least three weeks before your course starts. We can collect from any local airport. Airport transfers must be paid via credit/ debit card at the time of booking.

Are there any course rules?

Please read through the College Rules. These are both house and college rules. We expect you to behave with politeness to everyone around you, observe the curfew and laws that apply to use of alcohol or drugs. We reserve the right to expel any student whose behaviour we find unacceptable. In this unlikely event the student / parent will bear any additional costs.

How much spending money should I bring?

We recommend £70 per week for additional activities or souvenirs, etc. We also ask for a £30 key / damage deposit which is refunded at the end of the course on return of the key and after checking for damage.

Who looks after me in my house?

Each house is supervised by a residential warden. Students and parents should read and agree to the Parent Agreement.

Can I share a bedroom with my friend?

It is part of St. Clare’s mission to promote international understanding through education. Every effort is made to integrate students from different nationalities. You can, therefore, request the same house as a friend, but not the same room.

What about laundry?

Students can use the on-site card-operated washing machine.