Before you arrive

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

If you have any questions, get in touch with your Admissions Office or visit our Contacts and support page to see who could help.

If you're an international student, you'll find more information and guidance on our International students pages.

Read through Essential Westminster and our Student Charter

Essential Westminster 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

If you are an undergraduate student you should also read through our Terms and Conditions for undergraduate students (PDF)

Apply for accommodation

If you'd like to apply for a place in one of our halls of residence, apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment – places fill up quickly.

You can read more about your accommodation options and apply for halls online by visiting our Student accommodation webpages.

Begin the enrolment process

As a new student, your enrolment process will involve three steps - two of which (what we call 'pre-enrolment') must be completed online before you arrive at the University for your enrolment session.

Full details on what you'll need to do can be found on our Enrolment and orientation pages.

Apply for your Student Finance England funding

If you are 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 the course or even have a course offer as course details can be changed. For information about student funding visit our funding pages.

If you are an estranged student without family support, you may need help proving this for full SFE funding. Contact Student Advice for help

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 are are an international EU or EEA student you can book to be met at Heathrow Airport when you arrive in London.

Over two weekends in September, staff will be at Heathrow airport to meet new international and EU/EEA students. If you are 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 our new international students connect to the University. By the end of the programme you will have had many of your questions answered, made new friends and will have enjoyed some of the delights of London.

Find out more about our Welcome Programme.

Students with a disability or specific learning difficulty

Please contact the Disability Learning Support Team if you have a disability and/or specific learning difficulty, for support during your studies. 

Disabilities can include long-term health conditions, Asperger’s syndrome, mental health conditions as well as physical disabilities. Specific learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and ADHD. 

We also offer a screening service if you think you may have dyslexia or dyspraxia. 

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, your tutors will explain, at the start of your course, how they intend to use Blackboard to support your academic success. 

Before you arrive at the university you will be given access to our Blackboard pre-arrival experience to get a head start on what its like to be an undergraduate at university. As you work through pre-arrival you will be able to find out what current student feel was important for them to know when they first started.

You will also be able to take part in a MOOC about Learning and through doing so gain insights into how to be successful with your studies. In addition prearrival Blackboard will intoduce you to the university's personal development platform that will start to guide you in developing key skills and attributes for your future.

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.

Our Student Advisers and Financial Capability Adviser can give you advice and guidance on effective budgeting. Have a look at our Managing your money pages too.

When you're fully enrolled at the University, you'll be eligible for lots of student discounts throughout the city - visit the National Union of Students (NUS) website and for details of discounts. Extra discounts are available by purchasing the NUS Extra card.

Pay your fees

If you are new student who is not required to pay the International Deposit, 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 full information on paying your fees see the fee payment page.

Get to know London's public transport system

If you're unfamiliar with London, or new to the country, take the time to get to know 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 know where you'll be living - or are looking for accommodation - compare travel routes to the University to find the quickest and cheapest option.

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


Pencil on a calendar

University calendar

Check the University calendar for term start dates, vacation dates, exam dates and more.

International students on Westminster Bridge

International Student Welcome Programme

Book your place on our International student welcome programme.