There is lots to think about when getting ready to start University. We've put together a simple timeline to help you understand what to expect and when.
This page gives a general overview of what happens each month. Find out what happens in June and July, August (including what happens around results day), and into September and Welcome Week itself. We also have answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Page last updated: Thursday 2 September 2021
- Online Registration opens for students with unconditional offers and those who have already met the conditions of their offer. You will receive an email when you are eligible, which will include your student username and password.
- For students who require a visa to study in the UK, once you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you will be asked to start completing the My Right to Study process. The process will be available through to September.
- Results Day for the UK, when many of you will receive your grades for your A Levels, Highers and some other qualifications, is Tuesday 10 August.
- Online Registration emails are sent in batches after Results Day. You should receive it within a week of your place being confirmed - don't panic if it takes a few days!
- Once you have completed Online Registration, you will be able to access your student email and can download the MyUoB app. Find out more about IT for new students.
- If you’ve applied for University and partner accommodation and are eligible under the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, you will usually receive your offer within 14 working days after Results Day, so this year you can expect to hear from us by Monday 30 August. Insurance and late applicants may take longer to process, but we will contact everyone as quickly as possible.
- You will receive your offer by email and it will also be updated on the Accommodation Portal. Make sure to check any junk or spam folders, just in case. Emails are sent in batches each day, so don't worry if other people have heard before you. Find out more about how accommodation is allocated.
- Once you have received and accepted your accommodation offer, you will be given access to the Accommodation Pass - your introduction to life in accommodation. The Accommodation Pass also allows you to choose your arrival slot. Find out more about moving in.
- You can use the Guild of Students' official accommodation Facebook groups, run by your Hall Reps, to find other students who will be living in the same accommodation as you.
Planning for Welcome
- All students, whether you were waiting for results or not, will start to receive weekly Welcome emails after Tuesday 17 August to help you plan for September. These will include useful information about arriving to the University, our events and activities during Welcome, and information from your School and College.
- The Welcome Timetable will be available from late August so that you can start to plan what you want to do during Welcome Week. It will include your academic induction sessions, School and College events, and all of the exciting Welcome events taking place across campus.
- Interested in sport? Register your interest with Sport & Fitness to receive information about competitive and social sports and fitness classes on campus!
- Students who require a visa to study in the UK should continue to upload the relevant documents to My Right to Study.
- If you complete Online Registration by Friday 10 September and your home address is in the UK, your ID card will be posted to you. If your home address is outside the UK, or you complete it after Friday 10 September, you will be able to collect your ID card on campus. Find out more about ID cards.
- You can use the Welcome Timetable to plan what you want to do during Welcome Week. It will include your academic induction sessions, School and College events, and all of the exciting Welcome events taking place across campus.
- Student Memberships at Tiverton Gym will go on sale from Monday 6 September, and from Monday 13 September for Sport & Fitness. Membership options will be available to view online from Friday 27 August. Find out more.
- You can sign-up to the University Music mailing list to get all the latest information and updates about our music opportunities, with over 35 ensembles and lots of other opportunities. Whether you want to find out about audition slots, or are interested in an un-auditioned ensemble, you can find out more on the University of Birmingham Music Society page.
- Did you know you can apply for a free place on a language course? Whether you are an absolute beginner, or want to build on previous learning, you can apply for our courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Apply by Monday 13 September.
- You will receive your academic timetable during the week beginning Monday 13 September, which taught students can access on the MyUoB app.
- Our packing list will help you plan what to bring. Make sure you check the inventory for your accommodation, and understand the insurance that is provided. Find out more about inventories and insurance.
- You will continue to receive weekly Welcome updates by email.
Getting here and moving in
- International students will be able to move into University and partner accommodation from Thursday 9 September, so that you can complete self-isolation in time for Welcome Week.
- Our Airport Collection service will begin on Thursday 9 September, picking you up from London Heathrow (LHR) or Birmingham International (BHX) airports.
Arriving in the UK
- UK students can move into University and partner accommodation from Thursday 16 September - you'll have picked your timeslot on the Accommodation Pass.
- UK students should plan to take a lateral flow test before travelling to the University, as well as any guests who will travel with you. You should then begin to test twice a week throughout the semester. Find out more.
- The Parents' and Guardians' Welcome Address will take place on Friday 17 September, and will be broadcast online. It is aimed at the family and friends of those of you starting undergraduate study for the first time.
- Our Welcome Information Points and campus tours will be available from Monday 13 September for early arrivals.
Arrivals Weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September) will be a busy time with lots of students moving into accommodation. You and your guests will be able to:
- Visit the Welcome Fair in the Great Hall to find out about the teams and services here to help you as a student.
- Meet wellbeing teams and spend time relaxing at the Wellbeing Marquee.
- Join a campus tour to help you find your way around.
- Visit an Information Point to collect your Welcome lanyard and ask any questions you may have.
- Collect your ID card from the Welcome Hub if you didn't receive it in the post.
Visit the Welcome Events page to find out more.
Welcome Week begins on Monday 20 September, and marks the start of Semester 1. It is the main induction and orientation period for new students. You can use the Welcome Timetable to build your personal plan for the week. You will be able to:
- Attend your academic induction sessions, and meet students and staff from your School and College.
- Visit the Wellbeing Marquee to take part in activities throughout the week, or to just find a space to take some time out.
- Join a campus tour to find out more about campus.
- Meet our sports teams and clubs at the Sport & Fitness Fair.
- Attend the Vice-Chancellor's Welcome Address, and your College Welcome Address.
- Take part in the Guild of Students' exciting Welcome events and activities, including the Societies Fair.
- Collect your ID card from the Welcome Hub, if you haven't already done so.
- For international students, you will be able to get your BRP card if you chose to collect it from the University.
You do not need to attend a registration or enrolment event when you arrive, as this is done through Online Registration.
After Welcome Week
Teaching will begin fully on Monday 27 September, following your academic timetable - this is usually the date you will receive the first instalment of your student loan, if you are eligible for one. You can check your payment dates on your student loan account.
There will still be plenty of support available and lots of events and activities taking place after Welcome Week, including the Welcome Registration Hub for ID cards and BRP card collection. The student intranet is your best place to find out all the latest information as a student and the MyUoB app will connect you to essential services and updates.
If you haven't already done so, you should register with a local GP (doctor) and tell us about any disabilities you have.
You should continue to take two lateral flow tests a week, as part of your ongoing responsibilities to stay Covid safe. Find out more about safety on campus and what you can expect.
A few frequently asked questions
Do I need to attend a registration/enrolment event when I arrive?
No, registration and enrolment is done through Online Registration and so you do not need register or enrol in-person when you arrive. You must complete Online Registration before you can begin your studies.
Do I need to register with the Guild of Students (students' union)?
When you complete Online Registration, you agree to become a member of the Guild of Students, your students' union. You do not need to register with them separately. Find out more about what you are agreeing to in Online Registration
, and how you can opt out of membership.
When will I get my student ID card?
You will be able to receive your student ID card once you have completed Online Registration. If you have a home address in the UK and complete Online Registration before Friday 9 September, your ID card will be posted to you. Otherwise, you can collect it from the Welcome Registration Hub on campus from Saturday 18 September onwards.
Your ID card
When can I get a council tax letter/bank letter?
Once you have completed Online Registration, you can access Verify the next working day - our proof of study system. On Verify you can access downloadable and shareable letters which prove your student status, for example to apply for a council tax exemption or to open a student bank account.
Proof of study letters
Why does my student finance say it is awaiting confirmation?
The University is required to confirm to Student Finance England (or equivalents) that you are a student. We confirm your attendance after you have completed Online Registration
, and send daily updates to Student Finance during this time. If you have completed Online Registration, you do not need to do anything else.
When will my student loan be paid to me?
You can check your payment dates by logging into your Student Finance account. Your loan is usually paid to you when teaching begins - for most students, this will be Monday 27 September.
We have hundreds more FAQs available on our Student Help site, answering questions about everything from Welcome Week to visas and immigration to student administration. The FAQs also connect you directly to the teams who can answer your questions - just click Contact Us at the bottom of any answer.
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