International Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click on the tabs below to see the answers to Frequently Asked Questions for International and EU students.

To explore more information about studying at Keele, visit our Welcome to International Students page.  

If you applied to Keele through UCAS and have received decisions from all your chosen institutions, UCAS will ask you to choose two institutions, your first (Firm) and second (Insurance) choices. If you would like to hold Keele as your firm or your insurance choice, you should indicate this on UCAS Track by the deadline date given by UCAS.

More information on accepting your offer can be found on the UCAS website.

If you have made a direct application, please visit the Applicant Portal to let us know if you wish to accept your offer or not. If you haven't previously logged into the Portal, follow the instructions on the acknowledgement email we sent to you shortly after you submitted your application.

If you have previously logged into the Portal and cannot remember the password you were prompted to enter then please click on the "Forgotten Your Password" button.)

If your offer is conditional upon results in examinations you are about to take and/or your English language test results, you should send the Admissions team a copy of your results as soon as you receive them or upload via the Applicant Portal.

If you have applied through UCAS and you are studying for A-levels or the International Baccalaureate in the UK, we will receive your results from the examination board. However, you will also need to send a copy of your academic and English language results to the Admissions team directly to apply for a Student Route visa.

If you applied to Keele through UCAS, the decision deadlines are set and you can view them hereIf you do not respond to your offers by the UCAS deadlines, your offers will be declined automatically.

If you are yet to receive a decision from one of your chosen universities, we recommend that you contact the university you are waiting to hear from directly for further advice.

If you applied to Keele directly, we advise you to reply to Keele as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for your accommodation and/or visa applications to be processed.

To accept your offer, please visit the Applicant Portal or email the Admissions team or just reply to the offer email you received.

If you have accepted your offer at Keele and do not meet the conditions - DON'T PANIC. We will reconsider your application and it may still be possible to confirm your place at Keele if you have only narrowly missed your offer, and providing that we have sufficient space on your chosen course.

If we are not able to admit you onto the course of your choice we do sometimes look at alternatives that we feel may be of interest, however, this very much depends on the number of spaces available for that course.

Keele offers a variety of scholarships to International students. Please click on the relevant link for further details:

All students must provide evidence of a recognised qualification in English Language, such as IELTS.

For more information view our International entry requirements

If you are an International student at Keele, please see information on how and when to apply.

To find out more about the different halls of residence at Keele, take a look here.

Details on the maintenance funds required for Student Route visa sponsorship and all other immigration enquiries can be found here.

Keele University’s secure wireless connection eduroam gives you access on campus, in the halls of residence, and teaching buildings.

Look for eduroam in your Wifi network list and connect by using your Keele IT account details as the username and password.

For more information, please see our IT support information.

Yes! Your safety is our priority.

The campus has a 24 hour Security Team that are regularly patrolling the campus.

There are other safety and security measures available to all students. Read more here.

The Campus Library is open 24 hours a day during semester time.

The building is laid out over three floors and holds the books and printed journals that you will need for the duration of your course.

Find out more about all the facilities available within the library here.

There are lots of places available to eat and drink on campus, whether you want to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely meal with friends!

We cater to a range of needs, including gluten free, halal, vegan, vegetarian and lactose free. See what’s available on campus!

If you are living in campus accommodation you can also opt for a ‘catered package’ which provides breakfast and a 2 course evening meal, including drinks, 7 days a week!

Yes! With everything you need on your doorstep, Union Square is the hustle and bustle of campus where you'll find the Students' Union shop where you can buy stationery, the infamous ‘Keele Hoodie’, toiletries, cards, sandwiches, snacks etc. There is also a supermarket with a wide selection of grocery items, a post ffice, coffee shop, and a Pharmacy.

Discover Keele’s campus life here!

A regular bus service operates between the campus and Stoke-on-Trent (shopping centre, train station, etc.) stopping in Newcastle-under-Lyme on the way. There are several bus operators which travel to and from Keele, the main route is the 25, which now allows students to travel to and from the hospital.

Students can travel on this route and other First Bus routes at discounted fares.

There is now also the Keele Key Bus Ticket giving you more flexible travel and not restricting you to one bus company.

For rail travel, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe train stations are the two closest. Crewe provides links to northbound services, going as far as Glasgow, and Stoke-on-Trent is a main station which links to many areas of the UK, including London, Birmingham and Manchester. National Rail offer a special railcard for 16-25 year olds (and 26+ years who are in full-time study) which gives a discount of a third on nationwide travel.

Further information on local transport options can be found here.

There are over 100 student societies, covering a range of interests including sports, performing arts, music, media, religion and culture. A full list of societies can be found here.

Keele Sports Centre offers a wide range of facilities and sporting activities from football, to mountaineering and even Quidditch!

Keele Students' Union (Keele SU) is the focal point for students’ social life. The Union organises gigs, club nights and many more events all year round!

The Students’ Union building is situated in the centre of campus within easy walking distance from all Halls of Residence.

See what’s on!

Keele is an inclusive and diverse institution, where people of faith and no faith are valued equally. We have an interdenominational chapel with a quiet room called ‘The Space’ which anyone can use for personal worship or quiet contemplation.

We also have a Mosque on campus which is open to all students on and off campus providing facilities for Muslim worship and daily congregational prayers.

There is also a range of student societies dedicated to supporting students in their religious worship and life.

Keele is centrally located in the UK which means that we are very close to all the big cities, and have very good transport links.

The nearest train station, Stoke-on-Trent, is where you can get to London in 90 minutes, Manchester in 45 minutes, and Birmingham in about 50 minutes.

Discover the local area.

If you are in the UK and would like to come and visit us, there are a number of Open Days and Applicant Visit Days each year, giving prospective students the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about Keele and university life in general.

You can find a list of our authorised agents who represent Keele in your country here.

Yes! Keele University staff travel abroad regularly to meet with overseas applicants and prospective students at educational fairs, schools and in our partner agent offices. 

Please check this page to see when we are visiting your country.

All overseas fee paying students are required to pay a non-refundable tuition fee deposit of £4,000.

See full details of the payments methods here:

If you have any queries about paying for your fees, please contact the Income Office at

If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact the Income Office to request details. Please visit the Income Office web pages for further information.

Instructions for how to pay your deposit can be found here.

Manchester Airport is nearest to Keele and is about 35 miles (56km) away.

Birmingham Airport is about 55 miles (90km) away.

You can travel by taxi, coach or train depending on how much luggage you have and how much you are willing to spend. 

Keele's International Student Support usually operates a FREE Meet and Greet Airport Collection service for all new students who are arriving in the UK for the first time. This service is available from Manchester International Airport and London Heathrow Airport ONLY, and will only be available on certain days.

There are frequent trains from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly station where there is a regular service to Stoke-on-Trent train station. Alternatively, a UK coach/bus company, National Express, operates a direct service to Stoke-on-Trent (Hanley bus station) eight times a day.

A taxi from Manchester airport to Keele will take about 45 minutes and cost around £80.

Once you have met the conditions of your offer, and paid a tuition fee deposit to Keele you will be sent a ‘Visa & Confirmation Checklist’ (previously known as a 'CAS Checklist') by email.

This Checklist will contain all of the information you have provided to the University in your application; you will need to check the information carefully, and respond to the email stating whether you agree with the checklist or whether there are any changes that should be made.

Once you have confirmed that the details are correct, we will then obtain a CAS Number which you will need for your visa application. Please note that we cannot apply for a CAS number until three months before the start of your course.

The visa application process varies from country to country; we would advise that you allow yourself plenty of time to apply for your visa to make sure your application is completed before your start date at Keele. Please see more information on Student Route visas.

Yes! You can follow us:

Facebook: /KeeleInternational

Instagram: /keele_international

If you have any other questions that you would like to ask about Keele University, and life as a student here please contact us now. Please remember to include your name and student number in all correspondence.

You can also find us on Unibuddy (just search for ‘International Student recruitment’).