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Before you arrive

Follow these steps to complete all your required tasks before joining us.


Activate your IT account 

Check your personal email inbox three weeks before you are due to start your course. You will recieve an email asking you to activate your IT account. You will need your student ID number, which you can find on your offer letter, called 'Nottingham ID number' or in your profile on the MyNottingham applicant portal, called 'Nottingham ID'.

If your course starts before Monday 21 September 2020, you may receive the email less than three weeks before your start date.

Activate IT account

Can’t find an email from us? Visit our communications archive for everything you should have received.


Register online

After you've activated your IT account, you will receive an email asking you to register online. You must use your new University username and password to complete registration. Struggling to register? Read this.

International student? You will need to book an appointment to complete registration by confirming your attendance on campus. If you are studying using a Tier 4 visa and your biometric residence permit (BRP) is being delivered to the University, our visa and immigration team will let you know when this is available. You can then book your appointment so that you can collect your BRP during this session.


Apply for your University card

Once you've activated your IT account you can also apply for your University card. You will need your University username and password, and a digital passport sized photo saved as a .jpg.


Sign our Community Pledge

We are committed to keeping you safe on campus. An important part of this is ensuring that you have the information you need to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of others by following our social distancing guidance.

You will need to complete steps 1 to 3 before you can sign the pledge.


Unable to travel?

We're looking forward to welcoming you here on campus for the beginning of your studies.

If you think you will be unable to join us on campus by the start date of your course (due to reasons such as travel restrictions, shielding or self-isolation requirements) you must complete our remote study request form.


Prepare to move into your accommodation

Find out what you need to do before you move into catered or self-catered halls, how to pay and details on purchasing your TV licence.

International or EU student? Check our quarantine arrangements.

International or EU student?

If you're joining us from overseas, there are some extra things you will need to consider before you get here. 

Apply for our welcome programme

The University runs a free welcome programme for international and EU students joining in September.

Register your interest

Sign up for a current student mentor

Through Global Buddies, you can partner with a student mentor for support you when you arrive.

Apply for Global Buddies


Confirm your visa arrangements

Applying for a Tier 4 visa? Our 10-step guide covers everything you need to know.

Visa guidance

Access the UK health service

How to register for healthcare in the UK, including our on-campus health centre.

UK health service


Arriving late? If you think you will arrive more than three weeks after the start date of your course (or will still need to quarantine at this point), find out what you need to do.



Complete your school activities

Check if your course has additional tasks that you need to complete before starting your studies. Look for the 'Before you arrive' section on your school or department page.


Start your travel preparations

Find out how to get here, when to move into halls on campus and view your options for getting around our campuses and Nottingham city centre.

International or EU student? See information on travelling to Nottingham and entering the UK.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

See latest advice for UoN community and details of how to report symptoms or test results