Your first few weeks
Find out what to expect during your first few weeks and how to enrol on our orientation programme.
1. Contact family and friends
Call or email home to let your family and friends know you have arrived safely.
2. Collect your keys
Locate your accommodation and collect the key as directed in your accommodation confirmation email. If you have signed up to a meet and greet, your key will be given to you on arrival.
3. Collect your BRP
Collect your biometric residence permit, using your UKVI decision letter and passport from the Guildford Post Office.*
4. Attend orientation events
Attend all the events that you have booked for your orientation. You may still be able to book online if you haven't already done so.
5. Attend University registration
Attend University registration where you will be given your student ID card.
6. Check welcome updates
Check the New students website for the latest information for on events, including Students’ Union activities and your Freshers’ Fair.
7. Attend talks
Make sure you attend your faculty and departmental talks, in addition to your accommodation talk with your Warden team.
8. Register with a doctor
Register with Guildowns Group Practice to support you with your health in the UK.
9. Get your National Insurance number
If you want to work part-time and your biometric residence permit (BRP) doesn't have a National Insurance number printed on it, you will need to apply for one.
10. Attend police registration
11. Access support
11. Open a UK bank account
If you haven't done so already, set up a UK bank account online or in person in one of the local banks in Guildford.
*If the BRP collection point changes, you will receive an email from us, confirming the new location.
If you a non-EU international student, we run an International Orientation Programme for you. where you will be able to register with the University, become familiar with campus, socialise with other new international students and learn about life in the UK through a series of social events, trips, workshops and talks.