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Hello new students!

After results day

You’ve got your grades and you’re ready to start your adventure, so what now? You’ll start receiving letters, emails and maybe text messages as soon as you’ve been confirmed a place at Birmingham, telling you about registration, course or module choices, halls accommodation and about everything we’ve got planned for Welcome Week. Out of those, sift through and prioritise the most important letters and emails, as some might need to be responded to quickly. Keep in mind, we’re here to help! If there are any aspects of enrolment that you don’t understand, contact us or visit the University of Birmingham Website for more details!

Clearing

Don’t panic about going through clearing. Some of you might have changed your mind about your course, some might be looking at Birmingham as an alternative to a course you didn’t get in or maybe you took a gap year and aren’t going through the normal route of UCAS to apply to university. If that’s the case, talk to the University on their clearing hotline or check their current vacancies here online.

Online Registration

Before you arrive, you should get an email with instructions on how to enrol with the University online. This will confirm your details, provide some statutory data, pay your fees and agree to terms and conditions.

After that’s been completed, you’ll get another email directing you to register for your Birmingham IT account, giving you access to your Birmingham email account, my.bham and other university systems. Most importantly, this will let you log into the Guild of Students website via my.bham, to buy your Freshers tickets and join student groups!

Student Finance

Once you’ve been accepted to Birmingham, you’ll have to inform your student finance company as soon as possible. Make sure they have your up-to-date contact and bank account details. Follow the links below to the relevant student finance company:

Accommodation

Whether you’re living in halls, sharing a house, staying at home, or not quite decided yet we’ll help you through the options. The deadline for applications for university accommodation through the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme is now closed, but you can still apply online to join the waiting list. If you already applied for university accommodation with the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme, LIVING will be in touch with you up to 14 days from A-Level Results day to allocate you place. Halls are a great place to make friends and are usually close to campus, though they can be noisy and aren’t great if you’re not comfortable sharing bathrooms and kitchen’s with a lot of people. Remember to obtain your Accommodation Pass through the accommodation portal before you arrive, meet your flatmates through our Flatmate Finder App and join our official Facebook group!

Alternatively you might want to share a house with other students. If you choose to share a house, you’ll still be sharing facilities, though with fewer people than halls. You’ll have your own space and more independence than halls, and you usually form a lot closer friendships with your housemates, if you get on. Drawbacks to sharing a house are that utility bills usually aren’t included in with your rent and you can’t guarantee a place close to university, especially if you want cheaper rent. Get in touch with Guild Lettings, our very own lettings agent, if you need help finding a private house!

Otherwise you can stay at home while you study. You won’t have to worry about moving, getting used to a new place or risk not getting along with people in halls or housemates, but you’ll have to consider travel. Depending where you are travelling from, travel time and cost of travel can vary dramatically, and keep in mind transport strikes, delays and cancellations. Despite the occasional hassle, it does give you a chance to save money keep all the creature comforts that come with staying at home.

Whatever you choose, we’re there to support you. Our Guild Advice team has lots of information on housing and any issues that may come up later on.

Money

Open up a bank account, if you don’t have one already. You can do this as soon as you’ve received your UCAS confirmation letter confirming your place at Birmingham (banks will ask for this). We have a Santander branch on campus if it’s easier for you. Save money by looking for student bank accounts. Compare your options and get advice on managing your moneybudgeting and managing your student finance.

Don’t forget to pick up your NUS Extra card to get over 200 UK student discounts and 1 year free ISIC unlocking over 42,000 international discounts. Find out more: http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/ 

Welcome Week

We’ve got a huge range of events, fairs and activities going on to welcome you to campus during Welcome Week, including our Freshers’ Fest which will introduce you to the best of Birmingham’s nightlife! Whether you’re looking for big nights out, chilled chances to meet new people, chances to join student groups, find part-time work or give volunteering a go, or a bit of help and support, there’ll be something for you! All the details you need to get started are in our Welcome Week hub.

 

Having trouble settling in?

Moving somewhere new, starting university and meeting lots of new people can be pretty stressful. If you're not okay, we can help. You can get in touch with our Guild Advice team for impartial and confidential help or, if you live in University accommodation, you can also visit the Student Mentors for a chat. 

If you're an international student, you can also get help settling in and exploring your new commmunity by getting in touch with our Global Buddies. The Service offers peer-to-peer support and regular mixing events – an opportunity to meet our friendly volunteers and other students. Global Buddies are often a first point of call for knowledge and information - they can help you meet others and make the most of University activities such as sports, societies and events! Find out more here.

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