What to expect during your first week at university

23 July 2018
Two students on Infinity Bridge outside Queen's Campus

Your place at Durham University International Study Centre has been accepted, you have got your visa, sorted your accommodation and booked your flight to the UK - we are looking forward to welcoming you!

Beginning your new life in the UK is exciting, but we understand you may be a little nervous too. To make things easier, we’ve put together a guide of what to expect during your first week as an international student.

Register for your course

First off, you will need to register for your course. You will need to bring along the following documents on your first day at Durham University International Study Centre:
  • Passport and visa
  • Evidence of your Secure English Language Test
  • UKVI Decision Letter
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
  • If you are under the age of 18, a copy of your UK Guardian’s details
  • Have a look at the essential pre-arrival tasks to complete so you are well-prepared in advance.

Once you have registered, you will get your student card, email address and have access to the University’s internet network.

International student orientation week

Now you have registered for your course, you can get ready for your Induction Programme. Your first week will teach you how to prepare for your studies, making the transition into studying abroad as smooth as possible. It will also give you a complete introduction to the UK, the University, and the International Study Centre.

Group activities

Our friendly staff will give you a tour of Queen’s Campus and you will be able to meet other students on your course. You will take part in numerous activities that allow you to learn about the local area and make new friends.

Some of the activities include:

  • Visits to local attractions including Preston Hall and the picturesque town of Yarm
  • ‘Get-to-know’ Stockton tour.

Programme information

You will receive all the information you need about your chosen programme, including your all-important timetable so you can start planning your studies. Attending the induction week is also a great way to prepare for your studies, you will have the opportunity to meet your teachers and ask any questions about your course.

Essential tips to help you settle in 

How to open a bank account

Support staff will help you with basic but essential tasks such as how to open a UK bank account. In order to open a bank account in the UK you will need:

  • Your passport
  • Proof that you are a student - we will provide you with a letter
  • Proof of a UK address
  • Proof of your current immigration status.

You will also be shown how to register with health services, how to get your Biometric Residence Permit (for visas longer than six months) and what sports facilities are available to you.

Say hello

From your first day, talk to people you meet, say hello to your neighbours and ask the International Study Centre team any questions you might have. The International Study Centre will also be organising plenty of events and activities for you to get to know your new home better.

Make sure you join our social media channels too. They are a great way to keep up with what’s happening on campus. Follow us on Facebook for the opportunity to meet and chat with your classmates before you arrive in the UK. You can also keep up with other students with the hashtag #MyDurhamFuture.

Follow us on Facebook and take a look at our YouTube Channel!