Before you get here

Congratulations on getting your place at the University of Leicester!

We want you to have an enjoyable, enlightening and rewarding time with us. To make joining Leicester simple we have covered the key things you need to do before you arrive at University. Do them as soon as you can, in the order we’ve suggested below, and you won’t go far wrong – but don’t forget that the Starting at Leicester team is on hand to help if you encounter any difficulties. You can contact them at starting@le.ac.uk.

exterior of John Foster halls of residenceStep 1 - Arrange your accommodation

All new students are guaranteed an offer of a place in University-allocated accommodation, provided that you accept your place on a course and apply for accommodation by 1 September 2016. Every effort will be made to give you your first choice of accommodation; however this may not always be possible.

You will receive an email with arrival information and instructions in September.

If you have any questions or need any advice, you can contact the Accommodation Team at accommodation@le.ac.uk.


Student sitting on a sofa using a laptopStep 2 - Set up your MyStudentRecord account

MyStudentRecord is exactly that: your online student record throughout your studies with us. You can use it to keep your personal details up-to-date, view your timetable, choose your modules, and get those all-important module marks. Setting up your MyStudentRecord account is easy and only takes a couple of minutes.


A camera and laptop on a deskStep 3 - Upload a photo of yourself

Brush your hair, touch up your makeup, and give us a smile because we need a photo of you. Just like a passport photo, there are rules for this photo. (We can't use a holiday snap!)

We’ll use the photo you send us to produce your University ID card.

    In order to have your University ID card ready for you when you arrive, we must receive your photo by 5 September 2016. All students who upload their photo by 5 September 2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 cashless catering card which you can use to buy food and drink across the University's outlets.


    Finger pointing at the How to Pay section of the prospectusStep 4 - Make arrangements to pay your tuition fees

    However your fees are being paid - whether you have a student loan, a sponsor, or you're paying for yourself - you will need to make sure that everything is set up for the money to reach us in time.


    student using a laptopStep 5 - Online registration

    You might look like a student, feel like a student and think like a student, but until you’ve completed online registration, you’re not officially a student of the University of Leicester!

    We will send you an email when it’s time to register online (after you've paid, or made arrangements to pay, your tuition fees). This email will contain a link to MyStudentRecord where you can begin the process which only takes a few minutes. Completing online registration will also create your University of Leicester IT account.


    Students socialising in the Students' UnionStep 6 - Book a place on the International Welcome Week

    The International Welcome Week (IWW) is a week full of activities to help you settle in to life in the UK and to make new friends. There will be a free airport pick-up service for students joining the International Welcome Week. The pick-up service is from Heathrow Airport to University student accommodation, on 17 and 18 September 2016. Book your place on the IWW website from Friday 12 August 2016.

    Please note - you should not book your flight until your place at the University is confirmed and you have got your visa or entry clearance (if needed).


    A £5 note and some coinsStep 7 - Research costs and make a budget

    Before you arrive you should look at our advice about budgeting and do some research into the cost of living in the UK.

    If you need to apply for a visa, you must show evidence that you have enough money to support yourself and any dependents in the UK (see UK Visas and Immigration Website for details). Please note that the living expenses stated by the UK Visas and Immigration are an absolute minimum for visa application purposes.


    checklist and penStep 8 - Look at our checklist for International Students

    To help you with your plans to travel to the UK, we have put together a checklist of things that you need to do before you leave home and things that you should bring with you.


    Useful contacts - phone and email details for departments and staff that can help you before you arrive.

     


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