You might be a little bit anxious as well as excited about your first few days at university, but don't worry, there will be plenty of people around to help you each step of the way. The checklist below will help you know what to do and what to expect once you arrive on campus.
Enrolment is the formal process which will confirm your status as a UCLan student. You need to enrol before you can begin your studies. To do this we will arrange appointment during welcome week where the friendly and dedicated team there can check your documents and take you through the enrolment process.
CHECK YOUR TIMETABLE
You'll have a busy schedule during your first few days, so make sure you've checked your weekly timetable on the Student Portal. You can also access your timetable. Remember to take the following documents with you to enrolment:
TV LICENSING AND COUNCIL TAX
Regardless of the device you’re using, if you are planning to watch or record programmes at the same time as they are broadcast, you will need a TV licence. Further information on TV licensing is available via the TV Licensing website or by calling 0300 790 6071.
If you are a full-time student and living in a hall of residence or a property where all the adult residents are also full-time students, you should be exempt from paying Council Tax. However, if you are living in a property that is occupied by a mixture of full-time students and part-time or non-students, then you will have to pay your share of a household Council Tax bill. Further guidance on how to check your eligibility or apply for an exemption certificate can be found on our Student Support pages.
HEALTHCARE WHILST AT UCLAN
Most international students are entitled to see an NHS doctor free of charge during their time at University. We advise that you register with a Doctor as soon as you arrive at UCLan, rather than waiting until you become ill. Student services at Westlakes will arrange an appointment with a local surgery where you can register with a doctor’s surgery.
Please note: If you are using the 6-month 'student visitor' route or the 6-month 'short-term student' route you should make sure you have private health insurance from the beginning of your stay.
REGISTERING WITH THE POLICE
If your visa requires you to register with the police you will need to do this within seven days of arrival in the UK.
Student services at Westlakes will arrange for Cumbria police to visit campus and will inform you when your appointment is by email.
BANKING, COUNCIL TAX AND LETTER REQUESTS
If you require a letter confirming your student status to give to the bank, local councils for council tax exemption or for any other organisation, you can request this by using our online letter request service. If you require a letter urgently, please go to the Westlakes <i> Student Information Centre on the ground floor.
You will need to open a UK bank account during your stay at UCLan. It's best to do that as soon as possible, especially if you've brought cash with you from your home country. We will arrange for some interviews at Barclays bank Whitehaven early in term, but you are free to use any bank of your choice. You can request a letter from the Westlakes <i> Student Information Centre to give to the bank confirming your status as a student.
LIBRARY & IT INDUCTION
There is a small medical library on the first floor of the Westlakes campus which has computer access as well as text books for your course. The Westlakes team will arrange for a library induction early in the new term.
While you are studying at our Westlakes Campus you will receive academic administrative from support student services. They provide face-to-face help and guidance on anything from timetable and course enquiries to professional placements and module registration.
If you have ANY queries or concerns during your time at UCLan contact the <i> which can be found on the ground floor of Westlakes campus.