After you arrive

Once you have registered at Buckingham and attended your department induction, it’s time to start settling in!

  1. Fresher’s Events
  2. Events for parents, sponsors or guardians
  3. Attend your Matriculation ceremony
  4. Set up a bank account
  5. Start your studies
  6. Feeling homesick or lonely?

1. Fresher’s Events

Welcome events

The Students Union is the place to go to find a whole host of events, societies and Student 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.

Follow our social media channels (@UniofBuckingham on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter ) to see the latest student news and events.

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Calendar of Events

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School of Study Inductions (Psychology, Computing and Humanities)

Tea with the Vice Chancellor – for parents/guardians and sponsors

Welcome Dinner

School of Study Inductions (Foundation, Business and Law)

Life on Campus Talk

Tea with the Vice Chancellor – for parents/guardians and sponsors

Student Experience – Welcome Induction (Compulsory for all new students)

Life on Campus Talk

Matriculation Ceremony

Karaoke

Milton Keynes Shopping Trip & Bowling

Pub Crawl

Scavenger Hunt

Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

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Karaoke and Pool Competition

Freshers Fair

2am Party – Superbowl Pep Rally

2am Party – Superbowl Pep Rally

Pucks ‘n’ Pints

Pucks ‘n’ Pints

4am Party – Winter Wonderland

4am Party – Winter Wonderland

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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.

Sports

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:

3. Attend your Matriculation

A Matriculation ceremony is an event to welcome new students to the University. Dress your best and get ready to embrace the #UoBlife.

The ceremony will be on 18 January 2019 18:00 – 20:00, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church

Find out more about Matriculation.

id=”bank”>4. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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).

5. 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.

5. 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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