Travel, Visa & Preparation
Get ready for Lewis School! On this page, you’ll find all the information you need about visas, insurance and travelling here – either by public transport or using our airport transfer service. You can also download our Pre-Arrival Guide, which gives you information and advice about each aspect of your stay at Lewis.
Southampton is very easy to reach by train and coach. We can also provide a taxi transfer service between the airport and your accommodation.
Airport Transfer Fees
||Journey Time||Price (GBP)|
|Southampton Airport (SOU)||20 mins||32|
|London Heathrow (LHR)||1 hour||123|
|London Gatwick (LGW)||1.5 hours||138|
|London Stansted (STN)||2.5 hours||194|
|Bournemouth (BOH)||45 mins||92|
|St Pancras (Eurostar)||2 hours||32|
Please note: the prices above are per single journey, and are based on one person travelling. Please contact us if your transfer is for more than one person.
If you have booked an airport transfer with us, you will be met at the airport. The driver will be holding a ‘Lewis School of English’ sign. For your safety, we will email you a password, which you should ask the driver to tell you when you meet. You will be taken directly to your accommodation. Do not worry if your flight is delayed as the driver will check flight information and will adjust their arrival time if necessary.
Delays and Waiting Charges
After the first two hours, you will be charged £18 per hour pro rata for any delays. This is a waiting charge to cover the cost of parking and the driver’s time.
If you wish to travel by public transport, here are our recommendations. Please note: coaches are generally much cheaper!
|Travelling From||Suggested Route(s)|
|London Heathrow (LHR)||Coach: National Express (direct; journey time 2 hours)|
|London Gatwick (LGW)||Coach: National Express (direct; journey time 2.5 hours)
Train: direct; journey time 2 hours
|London Stansted (STN)||Coach: National Express (1 change; journey time 4.5 to 5 hours)
Train: 2-3 changes; journey time 3 hours
Arriving in the UK (Homestay Students)
Please telephone your host family to tell them when you expect to arrive in Southampton. Unless they are coming to the station to meet you, you should take a taxi to your homestay address. The price should be no more than £10-£15.
Under-18s – Important
Please note it is a requirement of UK Visas & Immigration that any child under 18 travelling with an Adult (even if it is a brother or sister) needs a letter of authorisation from a parent giving their permission for their child to be accompanied by this particular Adult or Group leader. If the child is travelling alone, then the details of the taxi company or relative/friend meeting the child need to be stated in the letter. A copy of the passport of the parent signing the letter needs to be attached. Failure to produce the letter at immigration may cause some delay until verification is made OR in extreme cases, the child may be returned home.
We strongly recommend that you have fully comprehensive insurance to cover you in case of accident or emergency. New immigration laws introduced in 2016 now mean that all non-EEA students, regardless of their occupation and length of stay, are required to pay high National Health Service (NHS) fees for all services.
Lewis School can arrange insurance cover through Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited.
International Student Insurance
Insurance fees are £6.50 per week in 2017.
Please note: if you decide to cancel your policy early, a cancellation charge will apply.
The Lewis School of English strongly recommends that you have fully comprehensive insurance to cover you in case of accident or emergency. New immigration laws introduced in 2016 now mean that all non-EEA students, regardless of their occupation and length of stay, are required to pay high National Health Service (NHS) fees for all services.
We are working in partnership with Endsleigh to provide our students with a policy which has been specifically designed to meet your requirements whilst you are studying in the UK. Policy benefits include:
- 24 hour English speaking helpline for medical emergencies
- Cover for over 100 activities as standard
- Medical expenses should any child or school group leader be injured or fall ill during the trip
- Theft, loss or damage to any of your luggage, clothing and personal belongings including valuables
- Course Fee cover
This table shows the maximum amounts payable under each section:
|Cover Section||Comprehensive Cover|
|Cancellation or Curtailment Charges||£3,000|
|Emergency Medical & Other Expenses||£2,000,000|
This is only a summary of the cover provided. The full policy document can be read in full on the Lewis School of English website, which can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Statement of Insurance (visit www.lewis-school.co.uk/insurance/soi.pdf)
Policy Wording Booklet (visit www.lewis-school.co.uk/insurance/pwb.pdf)
NB It is an advantage to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the date you are accepted for cover. This will, therefore, provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious accident preventing you from travelling.
Lewis School of English is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (http://www.fca.org.uk/register).
Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the Financial Services Register by visiting its website at www.fca.org.uk/register. Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited. Company No. 856706 registered in England at Shurdington Road, Cheltenham Spa, Gloucestershire GL51 4UE.
Do I need a visa?
To find out whether you need a visa to study in the UK, check here on the UK Government website.
What types of student visa are there?
Student visas include:
- Short-Term Study Visa – for more information, click here.
Students who have a Tourist / Visitor Visa may study for a maximum of 6 weeks (30 days).
Where can I apply for a visa?
To find a visa application centre in your country, click here.
The Lewis School of English is licensed as a Tier 4 Sponsor by UK Visas & Immigration (license no V12H0AJV2).