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The following passport holders are required to register with the police after they collect their BRP in the UK and also update their details as required:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong SAR, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Stateless or travelling on a non-national document (i.e. Travel Document).

When you register with the police, you will be issued a police registration certificate. It is important you keep this document in a safe place. You do not need to carry it around with you in Cambridge. 

Police registration is currently suspended for new appointments in Cambridge owing to national lockdown restrictions.

New to the UK: email with a copy of your UK entry vignette in your passport, your address in Cambridge, name and address of place of study in Cambridge and your day time telephone/mobile number. Please confirm in the email that you have not registered before. The Police Station will respond to your request as soon as possible when the office re-opens and registration is resumed after the national restrictions have been lifted.

Updates to police registration certificates: You can go to the Police Station in Cambridge to update your police registration certificate if you have registered before. Please report to the reception with your passport, certificate of registration and BRP which you should place on the counter. You will need to wear a mask at all times in the station. Be aware that you may need to wait outside the station if there are others being attended to by station staff, as only 4 people are allowed at one time in the waiting area. Only those reporting updates should enter the Police Station; friends or family not updating certificates should wait outside.  If you have recently returned to the UK, you should not attend until you have completed your mandatory period of self-isolation. The reception is open between 9.30 – 12.00 and 14.00– 16.00 Monday to Friday (not including bank holidays).

This guidance replaces the information outlined below at this time.

New students to the UK​

You will need to register at Parkside Police Station (postcode CB1 1JG) but must book an appointment in advance by emailing

Please read the following information:

  • Only email the Police Station to request an appointment after arriving in the UK.
  • It may take some time before the Police Station responds to your email as it is a very busy time of year for appointments. They request that follow-up emails are not sent.
  • As long as you have emailed to request an appointment, you do not need to worry about the timeframe. Your visa decision letter may advise you to register within 7 days but the Police Station in Cambridge advises this is not necessary as long as you are in the process of booking and attending an appointment.
  • If you are travelling from a country where you are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK, you should only attend an appointment after this period.
  • You must have either the visa decision letter, which you should have received with your application outcome, OR your BRP to register. Do not book an appointment unless you are able to take one of these on the day. This may mean waiting to book an appointment until after you have your BRP, if you do not have your decision letter.
  • Ensure that you wear a face covering at all times in the Police Station.   
  • If there are other persons already being seen by station staff you may have to wait outside the building (only 4 persons are allowed to wait in the foyer). 
  • You may wish to bring your own pen to use but make sure it is black ink.   
  • You should not attend if you are showing any coronavirus symptoms.  
  • The room will be cleaned after each appointment. 
  • If you have dependant family members who need to register, you should book an appointment for each person.   
  • You will need to bring the following to the appointment: 
    • your passport; 
    • your BRP OR your visa decision letter if you have not yet collected your BRP; 
    • two passport size photographs - taken recently and at the same time;
    • £34 in cash;  
    • Registration Form – if possible you should try and complete this before arriving for your appointment. 

Previously studied in the UK but new to Cambridge

If you have previously studied in the UK but are new to Cambridge you will need to update the police with your new details at Parkside Police Station (postcode CB1 1JG) within 7 days of arriving. The reception is normally open Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4pm (not including bank holidays). If you have arrived from overseas and are required to self-isolate, you should only attend the Police Station after you have completed your period of self-isolation. You do not need to make an appointment. You need to take your passport, Certificate of Registration and BRP.

During your studies

Once you have registered you will need to inform the police of the following changes in your circumstances within 7 days: change of address, change place of study, if you renew your passport, you are issued a new BRP or vignette in your passport, marital status or if any other details on your Police Registration Certificate change. Take your passport, Certificate of Registration and BRP to the Police Station. An appointment is not necessary for this but police registration certificates can only be updated when the reception is open, normally Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 4:15pm (not including bank holidays). 

If you lose your Certificate of Registration or it has been damaged, you should email the Police Station for an appointment for a replacement registration document.