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 17 March 2022
- Accommodation applications opened on 1 December 2021 for the 2022/23 academic year. You can apply once you have received your offer letter and will be able to select six preferences. You will also be able to provide some personal preferences, such as single-sex or mixed flat, or alcohol-free accommodation. Find out more.
- If you applied to the University via UCAS before the 26 January 2022, you should hear from us by 19 May 2022 at the latest. Find out more about UCAS key dates.
Applying for your programme
- If you applied via UCAS and receive all your university decisions by 19 May 2022, you will need to reply to your offers by 9 June 2022. Check UCAS key dates for details and make sure you know what to do and when to do it.
- Application timelines for postgraduates vary - find out more about applying for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.
- 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.
- Around a week before the SQA and A Level Results Day, UCAS places an embargo on universities to avoid miscommunication about your results. If you applied via UCAS, we cannot discuss your application with you during this period, and you might notice that you receive fewer emails and updates during this time.
- A Level Results Day is Thursday 18 August. Scottish students will receive results via SQA on Tuesday 9 August.
- You will normally receive an email or two on the day, as we're excited you'll be joining us!
- Online Registration emails are sent in batches after A Level 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.
- You will receive your accommodation offer by email between Friday 12 August and early September. You will need to accept your offer within four days, so keep an eye on your inbox and check any spam/junk folders regularly. Emails are sent in batches each day, so don't worry if other people have heard before you. Find out more.
- When accepting your offer, you will need to make the Advance Payment (£550). This is non-refundable and acts as the first instalment towards your accommodation fees.
- Once you have received and accepted your accommodation offer, you will be given access to the Accommodation Pass - your comprehensive guide 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 A Level Results Day 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.
- 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 the deadline in early September (TBC) 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 the deadline, 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.
- 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.
- You will receive your academic timetable during the week beginning Monday 12 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
- We will confirm moving in dates nearer to Welcome. If you are living in University accommodation, you will be able to choose your preferred time and date for moving in on the Accommodation Pass.
Arriving in the UK
Arrivals Weekend (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 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 19 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. We are still busy planning the timetable of events and activities, but 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 student 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 26 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.
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 the deadline in early September (TBC), your ID card will be posted to you. Otherwise, you can collect it from the Welcome Hub on campus from Saturday 17 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 26 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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