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Welcome to our new students

Welcome to UEL! On these pages you'll find all the information you need before you arrive.

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    Ranked 2nd modern university in London for 'teaching on my course' (NSS 2017)

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    Ranked 3rd modern university in London for 'academic support' (NSS 2017)

Key dates

You can collect your ID card between Wednesday 16 January 2019 and Friday 18 January 2019 during ID Collection Centre opening hours. Check out your allocated time slot and location for your UG course or PG course. International students are advised to collect their ID card on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 between 9:30am and 12 noon from the Library on the Docklands Campus.

If you've already got a room in our Student Village, you will arrive during our international orientation week to pick up your key. Accommodation will be in touch about time slots in due course. Find out more.
Student Union’s Refreshers 2019 takes place from 14  until 18 January! This one-week extravaganza is jam packed with activities for all UEL students to participate in: day and night time events, refreshers fair, and plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with the Students' Union (SU) and find out what we're all about. Check out SU What’s On page for a full list of events/
Our Welcome Week takes place from Monday 14 January until Friday 18 January. During the Welcome Week you’ll get the opportunity to get to know your fellow students, meet your tutors as well as take part in of social activities. Academic induction sessions will also take during that week place so that you are fully familiar with UEL and all the student support services available to you. You’ll also be able to collect your ID card and complete your enrolment at the ID Card Collection/Enrolment Centre. Make sure to come to the Welcome Week to take advantage of all the activities planned for new students.  
Our Fresher’s Fair is hosted at our Stratford Campus on Wednesday 16 January from 11am until 4pm. Come along to our fair and take opportunity to sign up for sports clubs, societies, volunteering and to engage with charities. A variety of our student support services will also be available on the day to answer any of your questions. Check out more information here.
Teaching starts on Monday, 21 January.
Our International Orientation Day is taking place on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in our MLT (Main Lecture Theatre) starting at 09:00 am. Here you will learn the essential of living in the UK on a Tier 4 VISA, how to open a bank account, learn about British culture and meet lots of new friends through the process! After a series of informative talks, you will be given a campus tour and be welcomed to a free lunch for all our participants. Please sign up for this event here.


Our support teams are all on hand to give the help, advice or guidance you need.

How to prepare yourself for university

Understanding and preparing for what life at university will be like is important to ensure your transition into higher education is as smooth as possible.

It’s best practice to come to university with a simple monthly budget worked out in advance. Calculating your income and outgoing expenses will make sure you aren’t left short at the end of the month. Paying bills on time and not exceeding your overdraft limit will ensure you don’t encounter any unexpected additional charges. 

If you’re moving away from home to attend university, it’s likely that you’ll want to change your GP practice so you’re able to sort out any medical issues easily. As well as being a more convenient option, doctors near university campuses are well-equipped to deal with student-related health issues such as mental health, travel clinics and sexual health.

All new university students aged 25 and under are strongly advised to have an MenACWY vaccination before they arrive at University or as soon as possible after arrival. We recommend you contact your GP to arrange this. Full information on protecting yourself against meningitis and septicaemia is available here. The Health and Wellbeing team at UEL can provide advice on registering with a GP.



Studying at university requires a fair bit of independent study and self-motivation. If these skills don’t come naturally to you it’s worthwhile to avoid distracting social media websites or pair up with a study buddy who can help you stay on track. Productivity apps such as Momentum, Wunderlist and Google calendar can also help.
If you want to get ahead with your studies, you should get started on your reading list before you start your course. When you arrive you’ll have more time to settle in and socialise if you’ve gotten some of your reading out of the way. 

Managing your time effectively is one of the most important skills you can come to university with. Once you’re here you’ll have to prioritise tasks, stick to deadlines and get to lectures and seminars on time. Keeping a to-do list and setting yourself goals can help to make sure you don’t miss any important dates or deadlines.

Starting student timetables

Timetables are coming soon, check back closer to your starting date to download your timetable.