After you arrive
Once you have registered at Buckingham and attended your department induction, it’s time to start settling in!
- Freshers’ Events
- Events for parents, sponsors or guardians
- Set up a bank account
- Register at the doctors
- Register to vote
- Start your studies
- Feeling homesick or lonely?
1. Freshers’ Events
The Students’ Union is the place to go to find a whole host of events, societies and Students’ Union parties.
The student executive will be on hand during registration to answer any questions you have about getting involved in student activities and the Freshers Fair showcases the variety of societies on campus.
The Film Place
If you enjoy watching the latest films on ‘the big screen’, make sure you check out The Film Place, Buckingham’s local cinema experience. It provides you with not only a cinematic screening of some of the latest films but also a great social place to meet.
Interested in getting involved in a University sports team?
Our Sport and Fitness programme offers you the chance to compete or just have fun with friends, as well as opportunity to compete in varsity championships.
The Health & Fitness Centre located on the top floor of the Tanlaw Mill (Students’ Union building) has an extensive range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment and is open from 06:00 to 00:00, 7 days a week. Membership is £100 per year (or £60 for 6 months) and is available from the Students’ Union.
You can follow the Sports Union on Facebook for all the latest information.
2. Events for parents, sponsors or guardians
The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, will be holding an afternoon tea for parents, guardians and sponsors:
There are no upcoming events at this time.
3. Set up a bank account
Buckingham has the following bank branches located in the town centre; Barclays and Lloyds.
Setting up a bank account – for international students
British banks have special procedures for international students, details of which can be found at the UKCISA website.
Banks are required by law to see identification and proof of registration on your course. For example, NatWest have confirmed their procedure as follows. You will need to show them:
- A letter from the University confirming:
- Your UK address, whether in a hall of residence or privately arranged
- Your course title
- The duration of your course
- Your date of birth
- Your passport. If you require a visa to live in the UK, its validity should end no earlier than the end date of your course.
Other banks have generally similar procedures, sometimes also wishing to record your permanent address overseas, which isn’t usually a problem. However, students should be aware that some banks also require the University to confirm that it has corresponded with that address, which can be a problem if the application was made from elsewhere.
The bank will usually open an account that will allow you to make payments by electronic transfer, standing order or cash withdrawal. But they will not generally provide a chequebook or overdraft facility. Some banks also offer debit cards such as Solo, which are a convenient method of paying university fees (generally free of bank charges).
4. Register at the doctors
All full-time students are required to register with a local doctor. The University medical advisors are The Swan Practice, in Buckingham.
The Swan Practice hold daily appointments in Students First during term time. An opportunity to sign on with our University doctor is available during registration day. Late arrivals may obtain forms from Students First or from the Swan Practice’s North End Surgery.
If you are an EU or International student, please read our guidance on Health and Medical Care in the UK.
Please read the NHS guidance regarding flu to make you aware of symptoms and when to ask for help.
5. Register to vote
To be able to vote when you live at Buckingham you will need to register with Aylesbury Vale District Council. Once you have registered you will added to the register of electors which is a list of names and addresses of every person who is living within and eligible to vote within Aylesbury Vale.
If you are eligible, it is a legal requirement to register to vote regardless of whether you intend to vote or not.
How do I get on the electoral register?
6. Start your studies
You will hear from your academic school with your timetable and reading lists. If you have any questions, please contact your school.
You can also find course information including module listings in the Curriculum Handbooks.
7. Feeling homesick or lonely?
If you’re struggling to settle in, don’t worry, we are here to help you.
When you register, you will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your studies. If you aren’t sure who it is, check with your school administrator – contact a department.
If you have a problem, share them with your Personal Tutor who will do their best to support you. You can find their contact details in the Staff Directory.
Alternatively, contact Student Welfare and ask for an appointment to see a Welfare Adviser.
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