Online Registration

Online Registration is an essential step in becoming a student at the University of Birmingham, so it is important that you complete it as soon as possible when asked to. 

It is the process for confirming that you will be studying at the University of Birmingham and by which you agree to abide by the University's regulations. You will be required to confirm your personal details, your programme details, and how your tuition fees will be funded (including student loans and sponsorship). You will also be asked to upload a passport-style photo for your student ID card.

To access Online Registration use the link below and login using your University username (NOT your email) and password.

Complete Online Registration

As part of Online Registration, you will be asked to agree to the University's declaration; you should take time to make sure you understand what this means. You must have completed Online Registration to be able to attend your programme of study, access services like your student email and the Library, collect your ID card, and participate in Guild of Students activities.

Please see our student privacy notice to understand how the University uses the data you provide during Online Registration, and any other data about you that we may hold.

Our Student Help pages provide answers to a range of questions about completing Online Registration. You can also contact our Online Registration Helpline.

What am I agreeing to?

When you complete Online Registration, you will be asked to agree to the declaration. It is essential that you read this carefully and understand what you are agreeing to. We strongly recommend that you read our declaration information page before completing Online Registration.

How do I access Online Registration?

Online Registration is accessed at 

You will need to login using your student username and password, sometimes called your ADF login*. If you are a new student, you will receive your username and password in the email asking you to complete Online Registration.

*To access Online Registration use the link below and login using your University username (NOT your email) and password.

If you are having any problems with your username and password, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk for support.

When do I need to complete Online Registration?

Most students will need to complete Online Registration ahead of the beginning of the academic year in September. You will receive an email from the University asking you to complete Online Registration, which you should do as soon as possible. You must complete it before you are able to attend lectures. You will not be able to complete Online Registration until you have received the email inviting you to do so.

New students will receive their Online Registration email once they are considered 'unconditional' and have accepted their place. For many students this will be a few days after A Level results day in August, or for international students when you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). At busy times of the year, it may take a few days for your email to arrive. Make sure you check any spam or junk folders for the email.

If you are starting on a programme at any other time of the year, you will need to complete Online Registration before the start of your programme. You will receive the email in the same way as any other student.

Who needs to complete Online Registration?

All students who need to complete Online Registration will receive an email asking them to do so when necessary. This will be the majority of students, including:

New and returning students

All undergraduate and postgraduate students are required to complete Online Registration for each academic session (September-September) of your programme of study. This includes distance learners, part-time students, and students based off-campus.

Postgraduate Researchers

Postgraduate Researchers in writing-up (Thesis Awaited) need to complete Online Registration each year, including checking and update their contact details.

Students on a year abroad or placement

You will need to complete Online Registration even though you will not be studying on campus. Register as soon as possible to make sure you have access to the University’s online facilities, including your student email and online Library resources.
If you do not register you may not be covered by the University's insurance policy for students studying abroad, which could potentially have serious consequences.

Presessional Students

Students starting a presessional English course at the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) will need to register for your presessional course before you arrive. At the end of your presessional course, you will need to complete Online Registration again for your main programme of study.

American loan recipient (Federal and private loans)

Students who have followed the application process to apply for a Federal or private loan will need to complete sections 1-8 of Online Registration. Your tuition fee is automatically credited from each of your loan disbursements. You do not need to enter any funding information. Please contact us at if you have any queries regarding US loans.

External Students

Students who are classed as externally registered, for example for the purpose of retaking examinations or a break in your studies, will also need to complete Online Registration for the academic year.

Validated and partner programmes

Most students on programmes delivered with partner institutions or affiliates will need to complete Online Registration, and will receive an email inviting them to do so.

A small number of students will not need to complete Online Registration. If this is the case, you will receive an email which confirms that you have been registered onto your programme and, if appropriate, will contain your student username and password.

What happens next?

When you have completed Online Registration, you will receive a confirmation email. We recommend that you keep this for your records. You do not need to attend any enrolment or registration events on campus. 

Your ID card photo will be checked. If it is not suitable, you will be contacted and asked to upload a new photo. You will be eligible to receive your ID card. You may receive it through arrangements with your programme, or you may need to request it.

Once you have completed Online Registration, you will also be able to access letters proving that you are a student at the University, for example to open a bank account or register with a GP.

ID cards and letters

Help with Online Registration

If you are having difficulty with completing Online Registration, our Student Help pages offer answers to a huge range of frequently asked questions.

You can also contact the Online Registration Helpline by selecting 'Contact Us' at the bottom of any question on Student Help.

Alternative arrangements can be made for students who cannot access Online Registration due to a disability. Please contact the Online Registration Helpline by phoning +44 (0)121 414 9009 or submit an email enquiry via Student Help.

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