Before you arrive

Please note: The information contained within these pages is intended for students beginning their studies in September 2017. Information for students starting in 2018 will be published in summer 2018.

What you need to do


Take our online course:

To help with the transition to university study, the University offers an online course 'Your University Journey'. All you need is internet access to do it. You can start the course before you arrive on campus but you must have completed the online part of your registration and received your full University username and password.

The course is run via Moodle, the university's online learning platform, and will launch in September.

Sign up now


International students:

Apply for visa

International welcome programme

Travelling to UK and Nottingham

Prepare for living/studying in UK

Arriving late

Information for EU Students



All new students need to register with the University and set up their IT account.

When can I register?

If your course start date is Monday 25 September in 2017, you can register online from Monday 4 September (three weeks before your course start date to three weeks after your course start date). 

For students with a start date of Monday 25 September in 2017, you must complete all aspects of the registration process by Monday 16 October at 5pm by the absolute latest.

Completing your registration

When you arrive in Nottingham, you'll need to complete your registration in person.

Find out more

Once registered you'll be able to download:

free Microsoft Office 

free Sophos anti-virus software







Activate your university username and email

Once you’ve completed the online registration, you should activate your university username and email account.


Start your university card application

Your card will:

Give you entry to libraries/buildings, act as your ID, let you borrow books, print or photocopy,act as a meal card and get you loads of student discounts. 

A helpful to do list

  • Open a student bank account
  • Register with a health centre and ensure you are up to date with all vaccinations
  • Pay your tuition fees
  • Make sure your valuables are insured
  • Visit student essentials to discover your Library and IT services

What to pack

Here is a list of essentials:

  • Identification
  • Bed linen, towels and hangers
  • Plates, cutlery and kitchenware (if in self-catered accommodation)
  • Home comforts
  • Bring your digital devices but no need to bring a printer

Our accommodation team have also put together a useful checklist that you can download.

Download a checklist

International students

If you’re travelling from overseas to get to Nottingham, make sure that you don’t pack more than you can carry. You can easily buy items such as bedding and kitchenware in Nottingham, so you don’t need to bring them from home. Make sure you bring accommodation details and University documents in your hand luggage as immigration officers may ask to see them when you arrive in the UK.




Living in University accommodation

It's likely that living in University accommodation will be your first experience of living away from your family. In our experience, homesickness is far from uncommon but after the first few weeks, most people start to feel more at home.

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Living outside of the University

If you are living at home or in your own accommodation, you are automatically a member of the Living Out Community.

Find out more

Wardens and tutors

The Warden and Deputy Warden teams are responsible for the cultural, pastoral and social life of the hall and also ensure that the hall functions as a community for the benefit of everyone who lives there. Wardens are supported by a team of hall tutors, who are typically postgraduate students or staff from academic departments with considerable experience of life within a university. The tutors live in the hall and are on hand to offer confidential support and advice.

Cycle Facilities

All the halls have cycle facilities available, so think about bringing your bike to the University as a cheap way of getting around. On-campus security and local police are committed to preventing bike thefts on campus, but please always ensure your bike is well secured before you leave it unattended.


Standards of behaviour

The University of Nottingham and the Students' Union have clear expectations around the standards of behaviour we expect from our students. Together we represent a diverse range of backgrounds and identities, and it's important that we know how to interact with each other and how to treat each other with respect. As a result we have plain policies around dignity and a code of discipline to enforce this.

Watch the video opposite to hear from our students and find out more.


Financial Support

Finance and funding

Full details can be found on the Funding and Financial Support team website.

Visit page

When to expect student loan payments

If you’re expecting a payment from the Student Loans Company (SLC) at the start of term, be aware that it will not be in your bank account until three or four days after you have registered in person at the University. If your student loan is seriously delayed and you have insufficient money to cover your essential needs, please contact the Funding and Financial Support team.

University help

The University offers a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships. Around a third of home undergraduate students will be eligible for a Core Bursary of up to £2,000 per year.

Find out more

Part-time work

The University runs a student recruitment service, Unitemps, to help you enhance your employability and earn while you are studying.

Find out more

 EU students

Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the University has reassured its EU Students of their status. 

Find out more

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Students with a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty, such as dyslexia, can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

Find out more

If you have a specific learning difference, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D please contact the Academic Support team:

+44 (0)115 84 66115

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, and/or mental health condition please contact the Disability Support team:

 +44 (0)115 95 15992











Useful contacts

For all Undergraduate students
For all Postgraduate students

For all general enquiries:
t: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
f: +44 (0) 115 951 3666
Contact us