International students

Northumbria Police welcomes you to the North East

This region is one of the safest areas to live, work and study. It also offers everything a student could want from nights out to fine culture and food.

The Police in the UK are friendly and helpful, they have a duty to protect everyone and can always be safely approached; Northumbria Police is committed to helping you reduce your risk of crime to ensure that you enjoy your stay and studies here as much as possible.

We are here to help you, if you come to us we won’t think you are causing trouble and we won't tell everyone about your problems. We work very closely with all the universities, their international offices, and their students’ unions to keep our students safe.

We know that coming to a new country can be daunting. Below is some useful information to help you settle and answer any questions you may have.


When you first arrive; you may need to register with the police. Check your Visa from the British Embassy to confirm this.

Students from the following countries must register with the police within seven days of arriving in the UK:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, iran, Iraq, Isreal, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morroco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.    

You will need to register with Northumbria Police Overseas Visitors Registration Office. 


Cultural Differences

  • Some things in the UK are very different to what you experience at home.

  • Don’t trust strangers even if they say they come from the same area or culture as you. Not everyone is honest and trustworthy. Get to know them first.

  • Drink sensibly whether alcoholic or not – don’t leave your drinks unattended as someone could spike it by putting something in it without your knowledge.

  • Always lock your doors, In UK people cannot go into someone else’s house/room unless you invite them in.

  • Laws: Drugs / It is illegal to carry weapons of any kind in the UK

  • Racial Discrimination- If you are subjected to abuse or harassment  because of your race or faith, report it to the Police / Uni – ARCH (Agency against racial crime and harassment) – third party reporting – anonymous reporting