Online Registration

Online Registration is the process for confirming that you'll be studying at the University of Birmingham and that you agree to abide by the University's regulations. You'll need to complete Online Registration for each academic year that you study with us. We'll ask you to confirm your personal details, your programme details, and how your tuition fees will be funded (including student loans and sponsorship). Don't forget to have a passport-style photo ready to upload for your student ID card. 

You will need to log in using your student username and password - not your email address. If you are a new student, these will be emailed to you when you are eligible to complete Online Registration.

Complete Online Registration

Alternative arrangements can be made for students who can't access Online Registration due to a disability. Please contact +44 (0)121 414 5130 or submit an email enquiry via Student Help for support.

What am I agreeing to?

As part of Online Registration, you'll be asked to agree to the University's declaration; take time to make sure you understand what this means. You must complete 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 we use the data you provide during Online Registration, and any other data about you that we may hold.

Help with Online Registration

How do I access Online Registration?

Online Registration is accessed at

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

Having trouble logging in? Make sure you are using your student username, which is made up of letters and numbers (e.g. ABC123). Do not use your student email address.

If you're having any problems with your username and password, 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'll receive an email from the University asking you to complete Online Registration once you're eligible. You must complete it before you can attend lectures. You will not be able to complete Online Registration until you've received the email inviting you to do so.

New students will receive their Online Registration email once they're 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've received your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). At busy times of the year, it might take a few days for your email to arrive - be sure to check any spam or junk folders! 

If you have an unconditional offer, or have already met the conditions of your offer, you may receive the email as early as June.

If you're starting on a programme at any other time of the year, you'll need to complete Online Registration before the start of your programme. You'll 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'll need to complete Online Registration even though you won't 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 don't 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'll need to complete Online Registration again for your main programme of study.

American loan recipient (Federal and private loans)

Students who've 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 don't need to enter any funding information. Please contact 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'll receive an email which confirms that you've been registered onto your programme and, if appropriate, will contain your student username and password.

What do returning students need to do?

You'll need to complete Online Registration each academic year. You'll receive an email inviting you to do so from June onwards, once your School has confirmed that you can progress to the next year of study. This usually means that you've submitted and passed all of your assessments, including any resits.

You'll need to complete Online Registration by the time teaching starts. You'll need to check the information held is still correct, update your address details (including your term-time address), and read and agree to the declaration.

You won't receive a new ID card. If your ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you'll need to request a new one.

Need more help?

If you are having difficulty with completing Online Registration, our Student Help pages offer answers to a 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, which will create an email enquiry.

Alternative arrangements can be made for students who can't access Online Registration due to a disability. Please contact the Aston Webb Student Hub on +44 (0)121 414 5130 or submit an email enquiry via Student Help.

What happens next?

When you've completed Online Registration, you'll receive a confirmation email. We recommend that you keep this for your records. You don't need to attend any registration events on campus. 

For new students, your ID card photo will be checked. If it's not suitable, you'll be contacted and asked to upload a new photo.

You'll be sent your ID card in the post if your photo is acceptable, your home address is in the UK, and you complete Online Registration by the deadline in early September, which will be confirmed nearer the time. If your home address is outside the UK, or you complete Online Registration after this point, you'll be able to collect your ID card on campus.

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

ID cards and letters

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