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Week One and enrolling on your course

Information for undergraduate and postgraduate students

Week One is when your course induction and enrolment takes place, so make sure you're all set to be in Bournemouth by then. 

Week one starts for most courses on Monday 21 January 2019, and your enrolment will take place during that week. 

Note: Some courses in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences start 7 January and 4 February so your enrolment will take place in the week you start.

Check our academic term dates online.

Your first session

Details of your first session will be included in your registration email. This may be when you enrol on your course, or an introductory lecture as part of your induction. Either way, please attend your first session where you will be told what’s happening later in the week. Registration emails will be sent as follows:

  • Courses starting 7 January: w/c 10 December 2018
  • Courses starting 21 Janaury: w/c 2 January 2019
  • Courses starting 4 February: w/c 2 January 2019

Course Induction

Organised by your faculty, your course induction includes introductory lectures and workshops as well as informal opportunities to get to know your course mates and faculty staff. Information about your induction table will be shared by your faculty at your first session, if not before. 

Course enrolment session

Enrolment is the day you officially become a BU student and collect your student ID card - be prepared to have your photo taken!

Your ID card acts as your library and print card, and also has your BU student number on it for use in exams, so make sure you keep it safe.

What to bring to enrolment

Your registration email will include details of exactly what you need to bring. You should expect to bring at least the following:

  • Proof of your identity - a photo ID such as a passport or driving license
  • Educational qualifications - original certificates for the qualifications required for your course e.g. BTEC, A-level, degree and/or IELTS results. 
  • Nursing & Midwifery students - you will need to bring your original DBS certificate.


We recommend you bring enough money to cover your expenses for the first few weeks. You should expect to receive any financial support you've applied for (e.g. a loan, grant, bursary, scholarship or sponsorship) after you have enrolled on your course - not the day you arrive - as we usually need to confirm you have joined BU before any funding is released. In some cases this can take up to two weeks - bank transfers may also take up to a week to process if you are setting up a UK bank account for the first time. Read our finance section for more information.

What's on in Week One

We've worked with our ResLifeBU, SportBU and Students' Union - SUBU - to put together lots of day and evening activities from the moment you arrive and throughout the start of term. Check out the What's On information online.