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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 undertaken in Cambridge at Parkside Police Station (postcode CB1 1JG). 

New students to the UK​

You will need to register at Parkside Police Station (postcode CB1 1JG) but must book an appointment in advance. Students starting their studies at the University in Michaelmas 2021 and registering for the first time can book an appointment through an online booking system. Please read the following information before booking:  

  • Book an appointment using the online system only after arriving in the UK.
  • If you are travelling from a country where you are required to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the UK, you should book your appointment for after this period.
  • You must have either the visa decision letter, which you should have recieved 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.
  • Your visa decision letter may advise you to register with the police within 7 days. The Police Station in Cambridge advises that this is not necessary as long as you book an appointment to attend as soon as you are able. The booking should be made after you arrive in the UK, and scheduled for after any period of quarantine, if applicable. You should also ensure that you can bring either your visa decision letter or your BRP to your scheduled appointment.
  • Ensure that you wear a face covering at all times in the Police Station.   
  • 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.  
  • 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. 

Once you have read the information above, you can book an appointment. The available appointments are now in October and November.

As long as you book an appointment, and attend on the day at the allocated time, the Police Station advises that you do not need to worry that the appointment will be after 7 days of entry and/or any quarantine period applicable. The link takes you to an external Eventbrite booking system. Your booking will be received by the International Student Office and provided to the Police Station. Once booked, please ensure you attend the appointment at least 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

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 the Police Station within 7 days of arriving. The reception is normally open Monday to Friday, 09.15 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00 (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 any required period of quarantine and you are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms. You do not need to make an appointment. You need to take your passport, Certificate of Registration, your decision letter and BRP. You will need to wear a mask at all time in the station and be aware that you may need to wait outside the Station if there are others being attended to by staff. Only those reporting updates should enter the Police Station; family and friends not updating certificate should wait outside.

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, 9:15-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 (not including bank holidays). 

If you lose your Certificate of Registration or it has been damaged, you should email the Police Station at for an appointment for a replacement registration document. Please include in your email your residential address, name of the Department/Faculty you are studying with, a photo or scan of your UK entry vignette and the front of your BRP card.