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.
IMMIGRATION & VISA ADVICE
You will need a visa to enter the UK as a student. The Student Immigration and Compliance Team provide guidance to students from outside the UK and can give immigration advice, in particular for Tier 4 Student visas. Please see our visa advice webpage for help and guidance on obtaining your visa. To give new international students a better idea of what they can expect when crossing the border, the UK Home Office provide some helpful tips.
Our International Arrival Guide contains all the important information that you will need to ensure you are prepared for leaving home and living at university. There is advice on travelling to the UK, visas, paying your tuition fees, as well as information on the range of support services available to you at the Westlakes campus. Please read this booklet before you leave home and save an electronic copy for reference. (Please note: this guide is for Preston Campus however there is plenty of useful information for Westlakes students. If you require specific Westlakes information please email TheiWestlakes@uclan.ac.uk)
If your flight into the UK arrives at Manchester airport on one of our Airport Pickup dates, we could arrange to meet you there and bring you back to Preston. Request your free airport pick-up in advance so we know when you're arriving. Welcome starts on Sunday 15 September when there will be a coach that will leave from the Preston campus to bring students who require transport to the Westlakes campus. If you are arranging your own travel to Preston, please see our Travel Directions which has Westlakes information at the bottom.
VALIDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
If we have received your personal email address, we will have replied asking you to confirm it is correct.
Please look out for this email and click the link to confirm your email address. If you don't do this, we will not be able to send you your UCLan username and password. You may not have received this request if you made your application through an agent. If you haven't seen this request, and you've checked your inbox and junk mail contact email@example.com.
ORDER YOUR UCLAN ID
Your UCLan ID card is your University identification and will provide you with access to the university network and a variety of services. You will also need your UCLan ID card to register your attendance at lectures and classes. Order your UCLan ID card by uploading a photo using our online photograph service. Make sure you have your Registration Number with you to log in. Your UCLan ID card will be ready for collection from student services at the Westlakes campus when you arrive.
Course Information, Induction & Welcome
Welcome starts on Monday 14 September 2020, with most compulsory induction events and talks taking place online via Microsoft Teams.
You will need a computer to be able to carry out your studies. If you’re looking to buy a new laptop we would recommend looking at the options available through the Microsoft Store. If getting access to a device is going to be a problem for you, there may be additional support available so please get in touch with us and we can discuss some solutions.
Please ensure you have installed Microsoft Teams on your computer, laptop or tablet so you can join in any timetabled sessions. Information on how to do this can be found on the LIS Web pages. These events and talks will help you learn about the Support Services at UCLan, meet your course mates and tutors and help you prepare for when teaching begins.
BRING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
During your first week at UCLan you will need to formally enrol on your programme of study. The <i> at Westlakes campus will arrange for you to enrol when you arrive on campus. Remember, you will need to bring the following original documents (not copies) for us to check during your enrolment:
PREPARE FOR WELCOME WEEK
Please contact the <i> at Westlakes if you require this service on TheiWestlakes@uclan.ac.uk. There will be compulsory events where you'll confirm your ID, visa and qualifications, complete your registration and enrolment, meet coursemates and tutors, learn about the University services and prepare for when teaching begins. Welcome week will begin on Monday 14 September and the Westlakes team will make sure there are a variety of events organised to help you settle into student life in West Cumbria.
CHECK YOUR ONLINE TIMETABLE
Once you have your UCLan username and password, log on to your Student Portal and click on the 'Weekly/Yearly Timetable'. On your timetable you'll be able to discover your events and activities during Welcome Week, and your classes and lectures once teaching begins.
MAKE FRIENDS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Join in the conversation on our Facebook Community. We’ve created a number of subject-based course groups which you can join before you arrive. This provides an ideal opportunity to make friends, meet classmates, and ask any questions you may have. Discover your subject group and start chatting with other students today.
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.
To reach Westlakes by train you should search for trains to Whitehaven which is the closest train station to UCLan’s Westlakes campus. There are various routes you could take, but look for those which ask you to change in Carlisle as they are likely to be cheaper and provide flexibility if there are any delays.
Another option is to board a train to Carlisle and then get a Taxi from Carlisle to your Accommodation.
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.