It's never too early to start planning for your arrival at University. If you're able to tick off all these tasks before you arrive, you'll be able to enjoy Welcome Week and be ready for when teaching begins.
Start off by checking out the loans, grants and bursaries you might be entitled to. Most new undergraduates are entitled to a loan for tuition fees and possibly living costs as well. The earlier you apply the sooner you'll have your loan, so, if you haven't applied yet visit Student Finance to get started. If you need any help or advice, our Student Finance Support Team is just a phone call away on 01772 892583.
Something else you can organise right now is a bank account that your maintenance loan can be paid into directly. Be sure to shop around and ask about student bank account benefits. Even if you've already got a bank account you should check that you can convert it so you don't miss out on any free gifts and good deals.
If you rely on repeat prescriptions, consider purchasing an NHS prescription prepayment certificate or applying for an HC1, which may give you help in funding the costs of your prescriptions. The National Union of Students also provides advice on healthcare benefits.
Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which provide an ideal opportunity to make friends and meet classmates before you arrive and ask all those burning questions about campus life. Discover your subject group and start chatting with other students today. There's also a range of accommodation groups too, to meet your flatmates before you arrive.
Once you've made UCLan your firm choice, you can apply for a room in Halls.You don't need to wait for your exam results. We have a choice of accommodation available, but it's best to act early to reserve the room you want. If you're already holding an accommodation offer from us, you'll start to receive details from the end of August of where to collect your keys. You can also access this information via the accommodation portal.
Find out what you need to bring when moving into student accommodation. If you'll be living off campus, our sustainable and active travel information explains the best ways to commute into Preston. You can even request a personal travel plan by emailing email@example.com.
Enrolment is the formal step which confirms your status as a student at the University of Central Lancashire. As soon as we've emailed you your username and password you should use these to enrol on your course, so as not to delay any student finance or access to other university services. Enrolment should take no longer than 10 minutes and is a simple confirmation of your details.
Your UCLan card acts as your official University identification, allowing you access to the Library, register your attendance at classes and other services. Order your UCLan card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Send us a suitable picture before the end of August and we'll post your card to your home address; otherwise you can collect it from the Library when you arrive on campus.
Some courses have essential information that you should read before you arrive at the university. Depending on what you are studying, you may need to find out about reading lists, specialist equipment or project work that you should complete over the summer. Search for your course using our A-Z list.
The first time we received your email address, we sent a request asking you to confirm we were using the correct address. We need you to click the confirm link included, otherwise we can't send you secure information such as your network username and password. If you haven't seen this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're flying into the UK to start your UCLan course, we can be there to meet you and bring you back to Preston. We offer a free airport pick-up service for new students arriving from overseas into Manchester International Airport. Check the dates the airport pick-up operates and request a pick-up to coincide with your flight arrival.
Once you have your network username and password, log on to your Student Portal and click on 'weekly timetable' where you'll be able to discover your events and activities during Welcome Week and your classes and lectures once teaching begins. Don't worry if your teaching timetable isn't showing when you first log on. Keep checking back - it should be populated within a couple of weeks.
There'll be a programme of compulsory events where you'll confirm your ID and complete your registration, learn about University services and prepare for when teaching begins. There is also a packed calendar of fun social events you won't want to miss. Check your weekly timetable on the Student Portal to find out what's happening during Welcome Week. Also, the Students Union for other great social events.
Due to several large outbreaks of measles we strongly advise to ensure both your MMR and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations are up to date before you begin university. Measles is caused by a very infectious virus and can cause rashes, high fevers and can lead to very serious complications in adults. Untreated meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. Contact your local GP surgery and arrange an appointment.
Great news - if you've already completed the above steps then you're almost ready to start #TheUCLanExperience.
We've got plenty of advice on how to ensure your arrival at university runs as smoothly as possible. Please visit our First Few Days and our Good To Know section to find out more about those little details which will help you settle into university life much quicker.