Your first week at University is called Welcome Week, and it’s jam-packed full of fun activities and useful information to help you settle in and get a sense of University life.
Use this week to get to know your new housemates and course friends, orientate yourself around campus, find out more about the activities and opportunities available, plus get important information about your course.
There’s also time for practical preparations like opening a bank account, buying essentials for your new student accommodation and setting up your university email account.
See what's on
Make sure you don't miss a thing during Welcome Week by checking out the Students' Union timetable
There are no formal lectures during Welcome Week so it's your chance to get to know the university and the area, meet new people and try new things.
These are designed to give you a taste of University life, plus meet new people and try out fun new activities with your new housemates. From club nights to quizzes and sport events, there’s plenty to get involved in!
Get to know your new course friends and find out all you need to know about lectures, seminars, placements and more at the course induction. It will introduce you to your course, what’s expected of you and how to choose any optional modules, if that applies to your course. You’ll also meet key lecturers and tutors who can answer any of your course-related questions.
Welcome Fair – 18 September
Here you’ll learn about the extensive sports and society activities at the University, plus loads of other opportunities to make your time here some of the best, such as study abroad, volunteering, Graduate+ award, internships and part-time jobs.
There’s normally lots of discounts from shops and places to eat in town, not to mention the odd free pizza!
International Activities Week
If you are a new International or EU Student joining us this September and have missed the main week of international activities week, don’t worry! We are putting on further talks and workshops for you. These will be:
- Talks by one of senior members of the Vice Chancellors Office
- Talks by the West Midlands Police
- Language Cafes to practice your English speaking
- Coffee Hour Sessions to help you make friends with other International Students
For details on these sessions please visit the International Activities Week website.
Locate the Students’ Union
As a BCU student you are automatically a member of the Students’ Union and have access to the wide range of services and facilities that are on offer. The Union is run independently from the University, with five elected officers, and they’re there to ensure you have a great student experience. Find out more about what the Union can do for you here.
Tick off the essentials
Use this week to get all your essentials sorted, like picking up any last-minute furnishings for your new accommodation, getting connected to your email and WiFi, registering with a doctor and collecting your all-important student card. To help you out, we’ve put together a handy checklist of things to do when you arrive.
We love Birmingham – as the UK’s second city, there loads to do and explore, from world-renowned venues for music and sport to a wide range of shopping and cultural opportunities.
Use your time before studies start to get to know Birmingham – why not join up with one of our orientation activities, or check out our guide to the city.