Before you arrive

It’s almost time to begin your studies! These are the steps you need to complete before you join us at the University of Worcester. 

1. Sort your accommodation

We invite all new students to apply to live in University managed accommodation when they accept an offer of a place.

At this stage, it’s likely that you have already applied for university accommodation and you’ve recently received information about where you’ll be living.

Don't worry if your friends find out where they have been allocated before you do. We are currently matching applicants to their preferred choices and will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Accommodation applications

If you didn’t apply for accommodation, but think that you may now wish to take up a place, please get in touch with us on 01905 855300 or email Take a look at our Accommodation pages for more information, including photos of all of our halls.

If you have already applied for university accommodation but you haven’t received your information pack yet, we’ll send you more information shortly.

What to pack

For more information about preparing and arrival see our page on accommodation and what to pack.

2. Prepare your finances

During registration, we’ll ask you how you’re paying your tuition fees. It’s important to sort out your fees payments as soon as possible.

Many students arrange for their fees to be financed by Student Finance. If you haven't already arranged your student finance, you can find out details about course fees, as well as information on student loans, in our Figure out Finance section.

There is also a lot of useful information available on our Money Advice pages. If you have any questions or concerns about paying your fees, you can contact or book an appointment with firstpoint.

3. Register online

Once your place at Worcester is confirmed you’ll receive an email from us with your login details for our Student Portal. Typically this email is sent around a month before the course start date. We've also produced a video which gives an introduction to the registration process.

Logging in

When logging in to the Student Portal for the first time you’ll be prompted to register for multi-factor authentication.


Registration is the process of becoming an official member of the University, this is done through our student online learning environment (SOLE).

We’ll already have a lot of the information from your application form, but we will need you to check this and provide some additional information.

As part of the registration we’ll ask you to:

  • Confirm your personal details
  • Provide a term time address (where you’ll be living while studying with us)
  • Confirm your funding for the course
  • Upload a photo (similar to a photo you’d use on a passport)
  • Pick your modules (for courses with first year options)


4. Note down our term dates

Our term dates outline when the majority of teaching takes place for each semester and any assessment weeks during the year.

5. Check your timetable

Once you’ve registered you’ll be able to access your timetable in our student online learning environment (SOLE) from late August 2021. Your timetable will also include any activities for your course during Welcome Weeks.

University wide events and activities will be listed on the Welcome Weeks page.

6. Prepare for study

The shift from school or college to university can take some getting used to. We’ve put together some tips and resources to help you prepare for university study.

7. Take lateral flow tests

Before you arrive and when you arrive we encourage you to take a lateral flow test.

 You are then expected to test regularly if you are attending campus in-person.


If you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, you’ll have the chance to visit our on-campus vaccination centres when you arrive. You can get a jab straightaway (no need to book an appointment) or talk to a medical professional if you have questions about vaccinations. 

8. Plan your journey to Worcester

Whether you’re getting here by car, bus, train or plane here are some tips for travelling to campus

Download our app

Remember to download the University of Worcester Guidebook App on the App Store or Google Play.  This will tell you about events and activities taking place over the Welcome period. 

The app will provide you with campus maps and local information such as shops, banks and travel. You'll also find answers to questions often asked by first year students and who to contact for help and advice.

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