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Before you arrive

Congratulations if you have received an offer from Buckingham – we look forward to welcoming you!

Here you will find what you need to do before you arrive in order to be ready to come to study with us:

  1. Confirm your offer
  2. Arrange your accommodation
  3. Pay your fees and bond
  4. Get a visa (if you are from outside the EU/EEA, or Swiss)
  5. Get support for any disabilities or specific learning difficulties
  6. Take part in the Student Well-Being Study

1. Confirm your offer

Confirm your qualifications

Your offer may be unconditional or conditional. If the offer is conditional, we may be waiting for your examination results or other documents that will enable us to confirm your acceptance.

If you applied through UCAS

We will receive your A-level, BTEC or IB results direct from UCAS, so you don’t need to do anything else unless we ask you otherwise.

If you applied to us directly

You will need to send us confirmation of your results directly. We will need:

  • Your original examination certificates (or certified copies)
  • Your references

If you are an International or EU student, we will also need:

  • Your English Language certificate

Complete the Acceptance Statement

You will need to sign the Acceptance Statement that we sent you with your offer letter. You need return it to us, either by post, or by email as a scanned attachment.

Send outstanding documents

If you have outstanding documents to send us, please contact the Admissions Office.

2. Arrange your accommodation

We recommend that you live on campus as a new student. This enables you to easily settle into life at the University and to make new friends.

  • In order to be guaranteed a place in University accommodation for September, please apply before 31 July 2018.
  • We will contact you with a room offer week commencing 27 August 2018.
  • You will be able to move in to your accommodation after you have registered from 27 September 2018. Please note that your room will not be available before arrival day.
  • If you have come to us through Clearing or have made a late application, there may still be places available – please contact the Accommodation office for details.

To find out what accommodation is available and to make your accommodation application, visit Student Accommodation.

3. Pay your fees and bond

The University’s preferred payment method is via our Online Payment PortalOther methods of payment are also available.

ImportantYou will only be able to register if the above documents and payment have been received. If in doubt please contact the Admissions Office.

4. Get a visa (if needed)

If you are from outside the EU/EEA or are Swiss, you will need a Tier 4 student visa.

Remember to apply in plenty of time for your visa. You can only register if you have the appropriate Tier 4 student visa. Delays in obtaining your visa can prevent you from starting your course.

As part of your application for your visa, you will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge, which will entitle you to National Health Service (NHS) care in the UK with no additional cost in the same way as a permanent UK resident. Please see Health and Medical Care guidance for more details.

See our Student Visa guidance for information, advice and step-by-step instructions on making your application.

If you experience any difficulties during the visa application process, please contact the Visa Office by telephone +44 (0)1280 820308 or email tier4@buckingham.ac.uk.

5. Get support for any disabilities or specific learning difficulties

We are committed to supporting all of our students in achieving your potential. Please let us know as soon as you can about any disabilities or specific learning difficulties, even if mild, so we can let you know what additional support is available. This can include additional arrangements for exams or additional learning support sessions.

Please contact Student Welfare so we can support you as fully as possible. The Student Welfare team are also on hand at registration.

6. Take part in the Student Well-Being Study

Have your say to help us measure and improve the quality of student life, and help us in our efforts to be a Positive University.

The survey is optional, but we invite all new students to take part. If you complete it, you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win Amazon vouchers: Student Well-Being Study 2018-19.

Next: Getting to Buckingham

7. Join the conversation on social media

We will be posting students news and events regularly on our social media channels so make sure you follow @UniofBuckingham on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop.