Make sure you are prepared before you start your course. 

There are various tasks you need to complete before you join us on campus. These will make sure you are ready to start and can access all the systems you need during your first weeks. If you're moving to Nottingham you also need to start thinking about your accommodation. The list below will help you work through what you need to do and when. 

Please also take a look at our Covid-19 safety measures and how we can be considerate of everyone in our university and community. 

Are you a new UK student or an international student? Please select from the tabs below to see a list of the essential tasks you need to complete before you arrive. 

Are you a UK student or an international student? Please select from the tabs below.
 
1

Your accommodation

Moving to Nottingham to start your studies? Make sure you follow any pre-arrival instructions from your accommodation provider, these will be sent to you via email by early September. If you are arriving before your accommodation contract start date, please contact your accommodation provider directly. If there are any issues with this you can speak to the University of Nottingham Accommodation team.

If you're joining us through Adjustment and Clearing, you'll need to apply for your accommodation. Start by taking a look at our accommodation options

2

Confirm your visa arrangements

Applying for a student visa? Follow our 10-step guide to preparing and submitting your visa application.

3

Review your travel plans

Please make sure you have checked the latest Covid-19 related government policies in the country you are travelling from and in any countries you may be travelling through on your journey. 

4

Your accommodation

Moving to Nottingham to start your studies? Make sure you follow any pre-arrival instructions from your accommodation provider, these will be sent to you via email by early September.

If you're joining us through Adjustment and Clearing, you'll need to apply for your accommodation. Start by taking a look at our accommodation options

5

Activate your IT account

Check your personal email inbox three weeks before you are due to start your course. You will receive an email containing your student ID – this is what you'll need to activate your IT account. 

Start your IT induction and check what equipment you need to bring.

Can't find an email from us? Visit our communications archive for everything you should have received. 

6

Register online with the university

After you've activated your IT account, you will receive an email to your university account asking you to register online. You must use your new university username and password to complete registration.

7

Book your in-person registration appointment

After you have completed online registration you must book an in-person registration appointment to confirm that you are in attendance at the university within three weeks of your course start date.

8

Apply for your university card

Once you've activated your IT account you can also apply for your university card. You will need your university username and password, and a digital passport sized photo saved as a .jpg.

9

Open a UK bank account

You should open a UK bank account for managing your money while you are studying in the UK. You can open an online or app-based UK bank account before you arrive. 

10

Complete any school tasks

Check if your course has additional tasks to complete before starting your studies. Look for the 'Before you arrive' section on your school or department page. These pages will also include details of your induction activities which will provide you with opportunities to meet your tutors and support staff.

11

Sign up for health care in the UK

During your time studying at Nottingham you may need to use the health service. To access these services, you must sign up.

If you're in the UK for six months or less, we advise you to secure private medical insurance before you travel

Please register online as soon as you know your new university living address.

12

Sign up with a local health centre

As part of your time at Nottingham, it's highly recommended that you register with a local doctor's surgery. If you are studying at University Park Campus, you can register with our on-campus surgery, the University of Nottingham Health Service. If you are studying at Sutton Bonington we recommend you sign up with Kegworth Surgery. 

Please register online as soon as you know your new university living address.

13

Download the MyNottingham App

If you have a smart phone, make sure you download the MyNottingham App for quick access to emails, maps, academic timetables and meal cards. 

14

Join our Facebook group

Get to know other students who are starting this year and stay up to date on all the latest Welcome news. Have a question about life at the University of Nottingham? You can ask students going into their second and third years.

15

Prepare for your arrival

Find out how to get here, when to move into halls on campus, and view your options for getting around. 

16

Prepare to enter the UK

It's very important you have all the right documents and know what to expect when you arrive in the UK. Find out more about arriving in the UK and travelling to Nottingham.

 

My first week at the University of Nottingham

Last year Megan documented her first week at university.

From packing and getting ready to travel, to socialising and making friends during Welcome week, all the way through to her first tutorial, Megan shares what it's like to be a new student at the University of Nottingham.

Watch the video for an idea of what you've got to look forward to. Don't forget that things were a little different last year due to the pandemic.

 

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