As a new adult nursing student based at our Yeovil campus or a midwifery student based at the St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, this page will take you through your next steps and direct you to information that is relevant to you if you are joining in September 2024.  

Information for new students 

You will find lots of useful information about preparing for your course, what to bring, student support, finance, fees and funding and well as BU's Students' Union across our arrival webpages. Make sure to explore before you start with us in September for the best possible start to life at BU.

Complete your online registration and enrolment 

From Tuesday 20 August, if you hold an Unconditional Firm (U/F) offer, a registration invitation will be sent to the email address you used throughout your application process. This email will explain how to complete your online registration and enrolment, the documents you will need to complete the process and the importance of logging into your virtual learning environment, Brightspace, which will be essential throughout your time at BU. 

You can view all of this information on the registration and enrolment pages of our website. You must make sure you complete these steps before the start date of your course, which in most cases is Monday 23 September. 

Prepare for your course 

Once you have registered online a series of preparation activities will be available on Brightspace. To find out more about these activities, as well as other useful information related to your undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree, please visit the relevant page for your course (undergraduate study, postgraduate taught study). 

Start of term 

You should expect to be at your study base (Yeovil Campus or St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth), on Monday 18 September to start your course induction – details about your first session are included in your registration email. 

Arrangements are usually made for you to visit our Lansdowne Campus in Bournemouth during your induction week to collect your student ID card – more information will be included in your course induction timetable which will be shared with you at the start of term.

Study support and student life 

As a BU student, you can access all BU support services and arrangements can be made for appointments by phone, email or video call. Visit our student support information page to find out more about these services. 

You’ll have the added benefit of experiencing campus life in either Yeovil or Portsmouth and the facilities designed for your course. Current students and staff based where you’ll be studying will be available during your induction to welcome you to your course and campus. 

Get to know your peers 

Join our Unibuddy Community to get to know other new students joining BU this September, whether they are studying on your course, living in your accommodation, or have shared interests. Find out more at:  

Get involved 

There are a variety of ways you can get involved in arrival activities and meet other new students. You are welcome to join in with any of the social activities taking place - although you may need to arrange your accommodation or transport home afterwards if you’re planning to stay out late!

You can find out more about what to expect in your first week by visiting our ‘Explore and things to do’ webpage, or downloading our arrival app.