How to settle in over your first few days and weeks at Bristol.
Read the checklist below and find out the extra things you need to know before you start.
Before you arrive
- Find out how we have adapted our campus and teaching to ensure you can safely enjoy a great student experience.
- Download our Welcome app.
- If you need to study online only, complete the Location of study form to tell us so we can support you in the right way.
Get ready to study
- Find out how you will be taught this year.
- Find out what IT equipment you may need to get the most out of your studies.
- If you would like to talk to a current student before you arrive, peer mentoring is available for any first-year undergraduate.
- Look at our Upgrade to University study skills module, to help you prepare for university study before you arrive.
- Find out how we have adapted our residences for 2020/21.
- If you are staying in a university residence, complete your online induction and book your arrival slot after you have accepted your accommodation offer.
- Read our arrivals information for undergraduates and arrivals information for postgraduates.
- If you are staying in a university residence, select your residence from the list to get your guide to find out everything you need to know about arrivals.
- Find accommodation if you haven't already got a place to stay.
Health and wellbeing
- Tell us if you have a long term health condition or disability.
- Find out what wellbeing support is available and how we have adapted our services.
- Make sure that your MenACWY and MMR vaccinations are up to date.
- Make sure you are aware of meningitis symptoms and coronavirus symptoms.
- Join our official University of Bristol Freshers and Offer Holders 2020 Facebook group.
- Read our Student Blog.
- Check out our Global Lounge.
- Join a student network.
- Follow us on Instagram.
Student services and support
Find out what student services and support are available.
- Home or EU sponsored students complete and submit tuition fee sponsorship form (PDF, 35kB).
- International sponsored students must provide their sponsor letter to email@example.com no later than 6 September. If we don’t receive your sponsor letter, you will be liable for all fees.
- Study Abroad or Erasmus sponsored students refer to your offer letter or contact the Global Opportunities team.
When you arrive
- Register to start your studies.
- Provide documents for a Right-to-Study check if you have been asked to do so.
- Collect your UCard, mask and visor.
- If you still need to find somewhere to live, we have advice about finding privately rented accommodation.
- Get familiar with the IT systems you will use and the tools available.
- Find out what academic support is available.
- Once you know the address of your accommodation, you can register with a local doctor.
- Download the Student Health app for iOS or the Student Health app on Android for reliable and relevant health care advice wherever you are.
- If you have a disability including mental health issues or learning difficulties, tell Disability Services as soon as possible.
- Get involved with our Students' Union, Bristol SU.
- Find out the best way for getting around Bristol and look at our University map.
- Find out about our services for students.
- Understand how our health and wellbeing services work.
- Find out what academic support there is.
- Discover which clubs, societies and student networks you can join.
- Become a global citizen with the global lounge.
- Buy an activity pass to access our sports facilities.
- Look around our libraries to find where you can both study and relax.
Download our Welcome app for all the information you need to get started and to settle into life at Bristol.
Make friends with other new students.
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