Cambridge School of English

Travel Guide

Checklist (before you travel)

Before leaving home, please ensure that you have:

  • A valid passport.
  • UK visa or other necessary UK Border Control entry documents.
  • Your offer letter from the Cambridge School of English Eastbourne
  • Paid your accommodation deposit and returned your completed accommodation forms.
  • Enough money to pay your accommodation and the rest of your tuition fees.
  • Any required health or vaccination certificates.
  • Informed the School of your flight details (at least two weeks before arrival) so that a taxi can be arranged (if required) and to ensure your accommodation is ready.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Medical insurance if you intend to stay less than six months in the UK.
  • Any other relevant original documents, e.g. original certificates.

When you arrive at CSE Eastbourne

On your first day:

  • Please arrive before 9.30 am and report to reception;
  • You will complete some forms and be shown around the school and you will take a placement test, which will take about an hour;
  • At 10.45 am you will be taken to your class to meet your tutor and start your lessons.

General information about classes:

  • 15 hours per week in the morning, 09.30 - 12.30. This will be General English where you will learn topic based vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • 10 hours per week in the afternoon, 13.30 - 15.30. You will develop your exam skills and practice functional English.


  • 20 minute one-to-one conversations between students and tutors;
  • The opportunity to speak about general progress and any other issues you might have;
  • Tutors set students learning objectives which are followed up two weeks later.

Progress reports:

  • Provided every four weeks;
  • Includes a summary of student attendance, punctuality and grades for their classes over the last four weeks;
  • Originals of progress reports are also provided to students with copies sent to sponsors, parents, universities and other relevant stakeholders.

Weekly progress tests:

  • Summary of the subject matter taught in that week including vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and written tasks;
  • Helps Tutors to plan future lessons as well as recommend specific learning objectives for each student.

Punctuality & Attendance:

  • We expect you to arrive on time and to attend all lessons;
  • There are strict rules to follow, please read the Attendance and Punctuality Policy which will be provided to you. If you have not received this please let us know as this is an important document for you to read and acknowledge;
  • When you first arrive at CSE Eastbourne you will be asked to agree to the rules by signing the policy document as described above. If you are late to classes, you will not be allowed into the class;
  • You must contact us on the morning of your lesson, before it starts to inform us if you are not coming to school for any reason.

Arriving into and living in the UK:

Clothes and Climate:

  • The weather in the UK can change a lot! It does get cold in the winter. We recommend you bring a number of layers of clothing and a warm coat. Even in the summer you may need a light jacket in the evenings.


  • You will need British currency (Pound Sterling) when you arrive in the UK. Never carry too much cash and bring enough for the first few days;
  • Please ensure that your debit card allows you to withdraw cash from UK banks and cash points;
  • Don’t forget that you will need enough money to pay for your school fees, accommodation, food, transport costs and leisure activities.

Electricity & Electrical Equipment:

  • If you want to bring electrical equipment from your own country, please make sure that it can be used with 240 volts or that it can be converted to UK compliant electricity outlets. Most buildings have sockets which take a 13 Amp, 3 square pin fused plug. You may need to buy an adaptor, which you can also buy in Eastbourne town centre after you arrive;
  • Mobile phones and SIM cards are available in many shops across Eastbourne and the UK. There are lots of different packages available and some are cheaper than others.

Care of Valuables and Personal Safety:

  • Please do not carry too much money, and take good care of anything valuable (mobile phones, laptops, jewellery etc.).

Bank Accounts:

  • Opening a bank account in the UK normally involves a number of steps. We advise you to make arrangements in your own country before you arrive in the UK. Normally, to open a bank account as an international student, you have to be enrolled on a course for at least six months. We can help you open a bank account;
  • You will need to take to the bank:
    • Your passport;
    • Evidence of your UK address;
    • A letter of acceptance from the school.


  • Most shops open at 9 am and close at 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Supermarkets (Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda, etc.) stay open later. They are also open on Saturday but on Sunday they close at 4 pm.


  • It is illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to buy cigarettes or tobacco. You will be asked for ID if you look younger than 18 years of age;
  • It is also illegal to buy cigarettes for anyone who is under 18 years of age;
  • It is illegal to smoke in public buildings including bars and restaurants.
  • CSE Eastbourne has a strict no smoking or drinking policy on its premises. Offenders will be reprimanded and repeat offenders can face expulsion from the school.

Driving in the UK:

  • For more information about licences and driving in the UK as foreign tourist, go to or

Social Activities:

  • The Cambridge School of English will arrange a social programme to make your time with us more rewarding (and exciting!). The programme may include theatre and cinema visits, excursions to places of historic interest and shopping trips to London. Details can be found on the School’s notice boards. These activities will need to be paid for by you.


  • In the UK pubs (or bars) are open all day but they usually close at 11 pm. Clubs stay open much later. There are lots of pubs and clubs in Eastbourne (within the city centre) but if you decide to go please remember:
    • Individuals under 18 are NOT ALLOWED IN PUBS AND BARS. To be allowed in most clubs, you must be aged 21 or over. You will need to take your ID with you;
    • It is illegal to buy alcohol in the UK if you are under 18. It is also illegal to buy alcohol for anyone under the age of 18.

UK Visas:

  • International students must apply for a Visa / Entry Clearance before travelling to the UK;
  • To find out more information please visit the UK visa web site or contact your nearest British Embassy or High Commission.

Visa / Entry Clearance:

  • After you have paid your deposit, we will send you an acceptance letter, which you will need for your application for Visa / Entry clearance;
  • You will also need:
    • A completed Entry Clearance application form;
    • Two recent passport sized photographs;
    • Passport;
    • Any educational certificates;
    • Evidence of government sponsorship (if appropriate), bank statements, payslips or other evidence to show that you can pay for your stay and your course of studies in the UK;
    • Cambridge School of English Eastbourne strongly advises you to apply for Entry Clearance before you leave your home country to travel to the UK.

Immigration in the UK:

  • Every time you travel into the UK, you should bring evidence of your student status, passport, visa / clearance documents and your finances in your hand luggage, to show to the Immigration Officer upon arrival;
  • Immigration Officers may ask you questions about your stay in the UK. Make sure you have your papers with you in your hand luggage (originals not photocopies).

Police Registration:

  • Nationals of the following countries must register with the Police within seven days of their arrival to the UK: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
  • To do this you will need to travel to the Police Headquarters in the nearby city of Winchester. To register with the Police you will need:
    • Your passport;
    • The fee (payable by cash or cheque only);
    • Your offer/acceptance letter from the Cambridge School of English Eastbourne;
    • Please ask us if you need any help with police registration.

Health care in the UK:

  • If you are studying in Eastbourne for 6 months or more, please register with a local doctor as a temporary resident. You may need to pay a one-off fee when you apply for your visa. (see below);
  • If you are studying for less than six months, there are Walk- In- Centres which will treat you for minor problems. You may need to pay a one-off fee when you apply register (see below); Students from the EU should have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles you to free NHS treatment;
  • Non-EEA students studying on courses of less than 6 months' duration are not eligible for free NHS treatment and must take out private health insurance;
  • Non-EEA students studying on courses longer than 6 months are required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge to benefit from free NHS treatment. The surcharge is paid as part of your visa application. For further information and to pay the fee, please visit

Get in touch with us

If you have any questions regarding programs, facilities or have requests or suggestions feel free to contact us.

Our Location

41, Gildredge Road,
Eastbourne BN21 4RY

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9-00am to 6-30pm
Saturday/Sunday 9-00am to 4-00pm

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)13 2332 5300 | +44 (0)13 2330 1811