Before you arrive

It's a good idea to plan ahead and get the essential stuff sorted before you arrive at university. Here are some things you'll need to think about.

What every small town student should know about going to a big city university

Nothing can prepare you for the move from a small village to a big city for the first time. 

Becoming a Brummie - Birmingham dictionary

If you’re not a local it could get quite confusing so we’ve demystified some of the terms you might be hearing if you come to study here.

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Are you ready for university?

How ready for living away from home are you? Take the quiz and find out.

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What to pack - welcome week

What to take to uni

Heading to uni this September? The most important question on your mind is probably 'What on earth do I need to take with me?'

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Online enrolment welcome week

Online enrolment

Five simple steps to help you through your online enrolment.

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Get started with it welcome week

Getting started with IT

The place to go for passwords, accounts and email, plus tips on what equipment to consider buying.

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Accommodation welcome week

Accommodation

Got questions about accommodation? You've come to the right place.

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Travelling to uni

Planes, trains or just your dad's luggage filled Fiesta. Here's your BCU travel guide.

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Practical moving advice for parents

Moving in to uni halls means packing, driving and inevitably forgetting things. Arm yourself with our practical moving advice to get your children to their new home.

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The first steps to looking after your health at uni

New people. New germs. Same old illnesses. Take care of your health before you arrive with top tips from our Enablement and Wellbeing team.

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Got a question? Just Ask.

The Ask team is here to help and you can access them via phone, online or on campus.

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