Register as a student

Registration is the official process of becoming a student at university. Registration means you can officially confirm your place on your course, check your personal information and let us know how you'll be paying your tuition fees.

When to register

Registration varies depending on if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students can register from 1 September until 25 October 2021.  

Masters students

Masters students can register from 2 August until 25 October 2021.  

PhD researchers

PhD researchers starting in September or October can register from 2 August 2021. If you are starting after October, you will be contacted by your graduate school office asking you to register from a month before your start date (for example, if you’re starting in March 2022 then you can register from 1 February 2022).

How to register 

Whether you’re a new or returning student, you’ll need to register online every year. 

New students   

As well as completing online registration, if you’re a new student you’ll need to complete an online identity check. This is needed for a number of reasons, including: confirming your registration to the Student Loans Company (SLC) to release the first instalment of your Maintenance Loan (if you are eligible); and to complete a Right to Study check for UKVI compliance. All students will need to provide their student number, a passport photograph and copies of their identity documents. Follow the link above to find out which documents you’ll need to provide.  

You can collect your student card on campus after a staff member has checked your documents. If you’re an international student, you’ll be able collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) at the same time where applicable.  You will receive an email to book an appointment to collect your student card and/or BRP after a staff member has completed your ID check.  

Returning students

If you’re a returning student or you're doing a year abroad or in industry, you can register online.

Important documents checklist 

Don’t forget to bring your:  

  • Your student number   
  • Course offer letter   
  • Passport or other photo ID  
  • Original academic certificates (if required)  
  • Student Finance England (or equivalent) documentation   
  • Sponsorship confirmation letter (if your tuition fees are being paid by another organisation)   
  • Accommodation contract (if you are living in student accommodation) 
  • National Insurance number (if you have one)  

For international students, please view our additional international student checklist.