International Arrivals 2021

Our International Team looks forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth.

The information outlined below will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

Travelling to Aberystwyth

International Arrivals - September 2021

Aberystwyth University is looking forward to welcoming you for the start of term in the Autumn. Global travel is more complicated this year, but don’t worry, we’re here to help and support you through the journey. There are different travel arrangements, depending on which country you are travelling from, and whether you have been vaccinated with a UK recognised vaccine or not. The information outlined below will answer some of the questions you may have and will help you plan your trip. If you have any other questions, just get in touch.

Arriving from a Red-List country

If you are arriving from a Red-List country, are an international fee-payer, and a 10-day hotel quarantine is required, Aberystwyth University will support you financially with £1,000 towards the cost of the hotel. This support is available to new and returning students who pay international fees. You will only be able to claim the £1,000 support towards the cost of managed quarantine once per academic year when you arrive in the UK for the start of your studies.

Before you travel, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test.

Once you have completed your hotel quarantine, you will be able to make your journey to Aberystwyth.

It is important that you review the UK Government’s guidance on travel from Red-List countries in advance of your journey.

To make a claim, complete the Managed Quarantine Reimbursement Form and email to along with a copy of your confirmation of booking and payment of the hotel.

Arriving if you have been fully vaccinated

If you have been fully vaccinated with a UK recognised vaccine, you will not need to self-isolate upon arrival. However, it is important that you review the UK Government’s Guidance on travel if you have been fully vaccinated.

Arriving if you have NOT been fully vaccinated

If you have NOT been fully vaccinated with a UK recognised vaccine, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. It is important that you review the UK Government’s Guidance on travel if you have NOT been fully vaccinated.

Before you travel, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test.

Delayed Arrivals

The University is planning to deliver a combination of face-to-face teaching and on-line lectures in the academic year 2021-2022.

We are expecting students to come to campus for the start of the academic year, however, we recognise that some student’s arrival may be delayed due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

The University will consider requests for permission to arrive after the start of term from international students whose arrival has been delayed due to travel restrictions, flight cancellations or problems in booking flights, and visa delays.

Requests for permission to arrive after the start of term will only be approved if the course can be studied remotely.

The University is not able to consider requests for permission to arrive after the start of term for health reasons or other personal circumstances. If you are anxious about coming onto campus, we can reassure you that there are sources of support which are there to help you overcome any worries that you may have.

Please complete the Delayed International Arrival form to request permission to arrive late.

If you have any questions, please email:


We are pleased to say that the programme of Covid-19 vaccinations across the UK has been successful and the whole population should have had their first vaccination by the end of July 2021.

Any international students who have not yet been vaccinated (or have only received one dose of the vaccine) can receive their full Covid-19 vaccine free of charge under the UK National Health Service (NHS) at no extra cost.


International Airport Pick Up Service

This service includes coach transfers from Birmingham Airport (BHX) to Aberystwyth University, with onboard refreshments, a designated comfort break, accommodation key allocations and assistance in moving into university residences.

Our booking form for the airport pick up service for September and October 2021 is now closed.

Travel by Plane

Most of our international students fly into the UK via the city airports at Birmingham International (BHX), Manchester (MAN), London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW). Birmingham International is the nearest airport to Aberystwyth.

  • From Birmingham International there is a direct train service to Aberystwyth;
  • From London Heathrow and London Gatwick, you should travel to London and then take a train from London Euston station to Aberystwyth, via Birmingham International or Birmingham New Street;
  • Alternatively, you can take the National Express coach service to Birmingham and then change coach to continue your journey to Aberystwyth University's Penglais Campus. Journeys take approximately 7 hours;
  • From Manchester Airport there is also a good train service. The railway station is inside the airport. You should take a train to Shrewsbury and then change for the connecting service to Aberystwyth.

Travel by Train

There are good rail links from all major airports to Aberystwyth.

Check train times or book tickets at or

Travel by Coach

Coaches from London and other cities are available.

Check times at or

Travel by Taxi

Useful websites such as Minicabit provide self-service booking facilities and price comparisons across taxi companies.

Alternatively, we can also arrange a taxi service to collect you from the airport. The prices below are an example of the costs based on the taxi company that we regularly use. Prices may vary.

Please email at least 7-10 days before you travel if you would like to request this service. We will need your full flight details. We will provide you with a quote so you know exactly how much the service will cost before you book. If you choose to book we will then advise you on how to pay for this service.


1-4 people

5-8 people

Birmingham International 






London Heathrow

£270-£290 £330+

London Gatwick



Taxi transfers can be arranged from other locations and airports in the UK. Please contact for details.

Please note that if the driver has to wait for you at the airport, there is a charge of £10 per hour waiting time. So factor in the time it will take to pass through UK customs and to collect your luggage.

These fares are not per person but for the car, so if you are travelling with friends, you can share the cost of the taxi. The fares are payable in cash to the driver when you arrive.

The driver will hold a sign with your name on it and will not leave the airport without you.


Arriving in Aberystwyth

On Arrival

When you arrive at Aberystwyth train or bus station, we advise you to take a taxi from the town centre. This should cost you approximately £5. The taxi rank is beside the train station and around the corner from the coach station. All the taxi drivers are familiar with the university.

If you have requested University accommodation in Halls of Residence then arrangements have been made for you. Ask your taxi driver to take you to the Main Campus Reception (which is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week). It is the small building on the left as you enter the campus via the main entrance. Reception staff will be able to help you - providing you with a key to your room and directions to your accommodation. Ask the taxi driver to wait while you get your key and drive you to your accommodation.

Questions or Queries?