First few weeks

Beyond your busy first few days, there's still a lot you can do to help you settle in and start to make the most of your UCL experience. This checklist will help you find your feet as you move into the first few weeks of term.

All Students

1. Start your studies

Check your timetable and make sure you hit the ground running by attending all lectures, seminars and other sessions. View your timetable.

2. Meet your support staff

  • Undergraduate
    As an Undergraduate student, you will be assigned both a Personal Tutor and a Transition Mentor.
    Your Personal Tutor is there to help you with academic progress and personal and professional development. You should meet your Personal Tutor within your first few weeks at UCL and several times throughout your programme of study.
    If you're a first-year undergraduate student, you'll be assigned a Transition Mentor to help you adjust to university life. This is usually a second-year or final-year student from your department who's available to meet regularly to help you make the transition to university life.
  • Postgraduate Taught
    Every taught student at UCL is assigned a Personal Tutor, they are there to help you with academic progress and personal and professional development. You should meet your Personal Tutor within your first few weeks at UCL and several times throughout your programme of study.
  • Postgraduate Research
    If you are a research student you will have a supervisor or supervisory team. They will fulfil much the same role as a Personal Tutor. You can approach your supervisors with any matter related to your research or wellbeing. 

3. Apply for a TV licence

In the UK if you use a TV, computer, tablet or phone to watch or record BBC programmes as they are being shown, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, then are you legally required to get a TV licence. Find out more about TV licensing.


International Students

1. Meet your Affiliate Tutor (if this applies to you)

If you are an affiliate student you may have an Affiliate Tutor to help with specific issues. Learn more about the support available to you as an affiliate student.

2. Make sure you are aware of your visa responsibilities

If you're an international student coming to the UK on a Tier 4 Student visa, then there are certain responsibilities that you must adhere to in order to maintain your visa rights. Make sure you read and follow this guidance.

3. Apply for a National Insurance number (if you are eligible)

If you are an international student eligible to work in the UK and would like to do so, then you’ll need a National Insurance (NI) number. Your NI number allows the government to properly record your National Insurance contributions and the taxes that you should pay. You can start work without one, but you’ll have to apply immediately. Apply for your National Insurance number.
Find out more about working in the UK as an international student.