Before the academic year begins, there are some important things to do in preparation. We've provided a checklist of some of the key tasks below.

Read Great Start: The Essential Guide and our Student Charter

Great Start: The Essential Guide is our student handbook and offers a useful overview of all our services, support and resources.

Our Student Charter is its companion publication, and outlines all the things you can expect from us during your time here, and everything we expect of you.

Read through the University's Terms and Conditions

Make sure you've read our Student Terms and Conditions before you join us.

Bookmark the Student Hub homepage

The Student Hub is your central access point to all the resources, services, support and opportunities available to you during your studies – as well as the place to look for the latest news, events and alerts.

Bookmark the Student Hub homepage.

Apply for accommodation

If you'd like to apply for halls of residence, apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment – places fill up fast.

You can apply for halls and find out more about them on our Student accommodation pages.

Apply for your Student Finance England funding

If you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student and meet the eligibility rules for Student Finance England (SFE) student loans and grants, make sure you apply for this funding as soon as possible. Do not wait until you start your course or even until you have a course offer, as you can change your course details later. For information about student funding, visit our funding pages.

If you're an estranged student without family support, you may need help proving this for full SFE funding, so contact Student Advice for help.

Pay your fees

If you're not an international student, you can pay your tuition fees as part of the pre-enrolment process, or you can pay at any time between the offer of a place at the University and enrolment.

For details on how and when to pay your fees, see the Paying your fees page.

Begin the enrolment process

As a new student, your enrolment process will involve two steps, detailed on our Enrolment and orientation pages.

Set up your University password and email account

Setting up your password and email is easy – find out how on our Setting up your password and email page.

International students

Pay your tuition fee deposit

If you're an international student (ie you'll be paying international fees), you'll need to pay a tuition fee deposit. This is not an additional fee, but part of the overall tuition fee.

Visit our International student deposits page for details.

Apply for your visa

When you've paid your tuition fee deposit, you'll have reached the final stage of the admissions process and should begin your application for your visa.

Visit our Visas pages and check which visa you need to apply for.

Book a meet and greet

If you're an international, EU or EEA student you can book to be met at Heathrow airport when you arrive.

Over two weekends in September, staff will be at Heathrow airport to meet new international and EU/EEA students. If you're staying in University accommodation, we can help you travel to your halls.

For dates and to book a place, see our Meet and greet page.

Book a place on our International Student Welcome Programme

Join us for three days of lectures, workshops and social activities that will help you settle into the University.

By the end of the programme, you'll have made new friends, enjoyed some of the delights of London and had many of your questions answered.

Find out more about our welcome programme.

Students with a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty

If you have a long-term condition or disability, see what additional support you could get by contacting our Disability Learning Support (DLS) Team.

The term 'disability' covers a range of conditions, including dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties, mental health conditions and physical disabilities.

If you're not sure whether you qualify for support, contact the DLS team for a chat.

Log in to the Blackboard pre-arrival experience

Blackboard is a key resource during your time here – every course and module has a Blackboard site managed by the course team. At the start of your course, your tutors will explain how they intend to use Blackboard. 

Before you arrive at the University, you'll be given access to our Blackboard pre-arrival experience to get a head-start on what it's like to be an undergraduate student at University. As you work through the pre-arrival experience, you'll find tips on making the most of your time here from current students.

You'll also be able to take part in a MOOC about learning, gaining insights into how to succeed in your studies. In addition, pre-arrival Blackboard will introduce you to the University's personal development platform, which will guide you in developing key skills and attributes for your future.

To get started, sign in to Blackboard now.

Start creating your student budget

Starting a university course is a serious financial commitment, so organise your funding as early as possible and start sketching out your student budget and exploring what student discounts are about.

We've put together some tips and guidance to help get you started – check out our Affordable London page and Managing your money page.

Our Student Advisers can also explain what additional funding might be available and provide tips on effective budgeting.

Get to know London's public transport system

If you're unfamiliar with London or new to the country, explore your travel options around the city. Visit the Transport for London website to see how to get around the city by tube, bus or bike.

If you're an international student who'll be staying in one of our halls of residence, book a meet and greet at Heathrow.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, get in touch with your admissions office or visit our Contact us page to see who could help.

If you're an international student, you'll find more guidance on our Visas and advice pages.