Your transport

We are happy to arrange your transport

We can arrange airport transfers to and from our English language schools.
If you are travelling by bus organised by Meridian, please remember that each person may only bring 20kg of luggage.

Security at airports

It should be noted that the security at airports in the United Kingdom is rigorous. London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Bristol have set procedures that need to be adhered to – please check their websites for latest restrictions.

Organising your own transport advice:

Most bus carriers have set a 20kg limit on luggage per passenger.

To organise your own airport transfer, please visit one of the following websites:

  • Coach travel – Megabus
  • Coach travel – National Express
  • Rail travel – National Rail
  • The Train Line for bus and train

Airport transfer by taxi:

  1. Maximum of three persons in a standard saloon car with one medium suitcase per person
  2. For up to five persons in a people carrier with one medium suitcase each add 30%

Local travel passes:

  1. The local travel price is based on Meridian organising and managing the local travel
  2. It may be cheaper if you organise the local travel yourself directly.
  3. To organise your own local travel in Plymouth, please visit the following website: First Group or Plymouth City Bus
  4. To organise your own local travel in Portsmouth, please visit the following website: First Group
  5. Please note that if you organise your own local travel pass directly, we cannot accept any responsibility for this aspect of the project.

Visa Information

  • Standard Visitor Visa now replaces all the other types of visa (family, business, child, entertainer etc.)
  • People with a Standard Visitor Visa are allowed to attend a maximum of 30 days of ELT as long as it is NOT the main reason for entering the country and does not take up more than 50% of their time in the country
  • Short-Term Study Visa (6 months and 11 months)
  • ALL visa students must now pay a healthcare fee as part of the visa application – less than 6 months visa = £89 / 6 months or more = £170

How do I know if I need a visa to study at your school(s)?

The following link will take you to a page where you can input data about your nationality etc. and tell you if you need a visa.

Check if you need a UK visa

your health care

You must always inform us if you are unwell!


NHS Treatment is free of charge for all EU nationals but you will have to pay for any of the medicines you may need. Any students from outside the EU will need to have their own medical insurance.

Non-EU students

Students who come to the UK on a Short-Term Study Visa should check the latest regulations at

Going to Hospital

If you have a serious illness, a medical emergency or have injured yourself in an accident, an ambulance should be called and you will be taken to the nearest hospital. To call for an ambulance dial 999 and ask for ambulance. You will need to give the full name of the person requiring medical assistance, their date of birth, gender, race and the exact location, e.g. the nearest house number (or landmark) and street name.

Visiting a Doctor

If you need to go to the doctor you will need an appointment. If you live with a host family you can see their GP (General Practitioner) who will sign you in as a visitor and this is free of charge. If you live in self-catering accommodation, contact us and we will make an appointment for you.

Visiting a Dentist

Dental treatment is not free in England. You will have to pay for this treatment but you should be able to claim this back from your insurance (if you have bought any). If you need a dentist, please contact us and we will make the necessary arrangements.


All medicines must be paid for. You can check the current prices of prescriptions on the NHS Website.

Social & Cultural

Wide range of activities

Your stay with us won’t be just about learning English in the classroom. We have prepared a range of activities to give you the opportunity of experiencing British culture, exploring the city you are studying in and having fun with other students from all over the world!

Social events

We invite you to join our varied social events which include an orientation walk on your first day. There is an online calendar and notice board in the school – if in doubt, please ask a member of staff.