Preparing for university
Once your student has submitted an application and received an offer, there are lots of things they will need to do before arriving at university. Here’s a useful guide to start planning.
On this page you will find some of the key tasks that your student will need to do after submitting their application.
Doing these things ensures that they’re as prepared as possible to start this exciting new chapter.
Attend an applicant visit day
These are events exclusively for applicants who have been offered a place, and usually take place in February and March. They offer a great insight to studying here and the day is based around a subject taster session.
Your student will receive their invitation by email and post and they can book their place online.
Confirm firm and insurance choices
If your student submitted their application to UCAS by the deadline date, they should start to receive offers or invitations to interviews by the end of March. The deadline for accepting an offer is early May, this can be done on UCAS Track.
The potential replies to offers your student can give are:
- Firm choice – their first choice course and university.
- Insurance choice – a back-up if the firm choice is a conditional offer (for example, subject to exam results). This is usually a course with lower offer conditions.
- Decline – reject the offer. If all offers are declined or no offers are received, an additional choice can be made through UCAS Extra.
Choosing a new place to live
For your student, choosing the place they will live is an exciting part of the process. There are more than 2,300 bedrooms available in our halls of residence and we guarantee a place for Year 1 of a course, to all new first-year undergraduate students from the UK and EU who are starting a full-time programme in September 2022 and make us their first choice.
Once your student has made us their firm choice, they will be able to apply for on-campus accommodation online.Explore our on-campus accommodation
Halls/room numbers are confirmed in August and at this point your student will need to sign and return a licence agreement and confirm how they are going to pay for their accommodation.
If your student will be living in private rented accommodation, our Accommodation Team have a list of registered properties and will be happy to provide advice and guidance in finding somewhere to live.
Make sure funding is in place
Our money matters pages outline the financial support which may be available and explain how to apply for it. We recommend applying for financial support as early as possible as it can be a lengthy process. Applications usually open in March and close at the end of May.
We also have scholarships which recognise determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas.
Come and visit us again
We have open days in June and August, feel free to come along and explore our campus again.
Applicants will be emailed a link to webpages which will provide key information including:
- an indicative timetable
- course preparation
- induction week timetable
- packing lists.
This information is sent over the summer and is important for your student to read and make use of.
BTEC results are published in July and A Level results in August. The deadline to satisfy all offer conditions, for example GCSE results and DBS is 31 August.
If your student misses out on the exam grades required, they may still be accepted by their firm choice or, if not, may have their place confirmed by their insurance choice. If neither are confirmed, clearing will enable your student to find suitable course vacancies.
If your student meets or exceeds the terms of a conditional offer from a university, they have the option of using UCAS adjustment should they wish to change their decision about where to study.
Preparing to leave home and packing
This may be the first time that your student will be living away from home, and there are some things you can help them with to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Your student will need a bank or building society account for their student funding to be paid into. You should shop around for incentives such as interest-free overdrafts and to see if any of the free gifts on offer are worthwhile. It is also worth considering the evidence required to open a student account, as well as checking how banks approach interest free overdrafts after graduation. There are lots of guides to help your student to compare the options available including advice from Money Saving Expert.
This may be the first time your student has had to take control of their finances so it’s a good idea to spend some time talking them through the basics of how to budget.
They could get a TOTUM Card – this will enable them to enjoy a range of discounts, from entertainment and eating out, to supermarkets, beauty, travel, fitness, fashion, music, and study essentials.
Your student may also be eligible to take advantage of several other offers, such as free prescriptions, dental check-ups and sight tests, as well as a Young Person’s Railcard, so make sure they’re aware of the potential discounts available.
Read this feature, and get some handy tips on how you can support your student with budgeting.
To ensure your student enjoys a varied and healthy diet at university, you should spend some time making sure they have some basic cooking skills. They don’t need to be the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella but if they at least know the basics and have a few meals that they are comfortable preparing, it can make a difference to their student experience. Rest assured though, there are plenty of places on campus to buy a hot meal or a quick bite to eat when they fancy a night off.
Our campus offers a very safe environment but it’s worth your student insuring their possessions for peace of mind. Many insurers offer special policies for students so look out for these deals.
Crates and suitcases with wheels are ideal for when your student moves in. We recommend avoiding packing large heavy boxes that are difficult to carry. If your student will be living in our halls of residence, they will need to bring:
- bed linen
- duvet and pillow
- crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils
- clothes hangers
- computer (if your student wants to have their own).
Rooms in the following halls of residence come equipped with a flatscreen TV/monitor which can be enabled to receive Freeview TV:
- Chancellors Court
- Chancellors South
- Founders East
- Founders West
- Graduates Court
- Main Halls
- Palatine Court
- Woodland Court
Your student may wish to bring their own television if they will be living in Forest Court where a flatscreen TV/monitor is not provided.
To watch TV, a TV licence is required, regardless of whether watching live TV online (on any device) or viewing/downloading programmes on BBC iPlayer.
Wireless internet services are available, free of charge, across all University residential accommodation.
Welcome Weekend and Welcome Week
Welcome Weekend is when new students living on campus collect their keys, move in to their new home and complete the enrolment process. We’ve got a lot of experience in helping students move in to their new home. We’re a finalist in the Global Student Living Awards 2022 for Best Moving in Experience.
Welcome Week follows this weekend and is when the student experience gets underway with lots activities and events. If your student isn’t living on-campus, they will complete the enrolment process during Welcome Week.
It can often take 5-10 working days following enrolment for Student Finance England (or the equivalent funding body) to process payment of funding. We strongly advise you to make sure your student has some money available for the first few weeks on campus to cover basic expenses as well as social activities.