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Enrolment for new students

Enrolment is the process through which you formally agree to be a student at UCL.

On this page you will find information on:


What is enrolment?

Enrolment incorporates the following important steps:

  • We will verify your ID
  • We will check and record your passport and any visa you hold
  • You will confirm your acceptance of UCL’s terms and conditions
  • You will have the opportunity to pay your fees
  • You will be issued you with a student ID card and a confirmation of your enrolment
  • Once we confirm your enrolment, you can select your modules and access the library, your UCL email account and other online resources

Where and when do I enrol?

Enrolment takes place at the Recruitment and Admissions Hub on the Ground Floor, room G01 & G02 (Chadwick Building). They are open for enrolment from 2pm - 4.30pm each weekday. Once you have completed pre-enrolment, you will receive an email confirming your enrolment appointment details.

Please see UCL maps for directions


What do I need to bring with me?

All new students need to bring a valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport, the following will be accepted forms of identification: 

  • A UK photo driving licence, but only where this shows you were born in the UK (a provisional driving licence is acceptable)
  • A European National Identity Card
  • An Armed Forces Identity Card.
  • An original birth or adoption certificate with another form of photo ID
  • You will also need your student number, quoted on your offer letter.

I am an overseas student, what should I bring with me to enrol on my programme?

All overseas students will need bring the following in order to enrol:

  • Your passport. It is very important that you bring your passport as alternative ID will not be accepted.  
  • Your visa. You will need to ensure that your visa has not expired, and permits you to study in the UK.

I am a Tier 4 visa holder, and I will be collecting a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Do I need to collect my BRP before I enrol?

Yes, you will need to collect your BRP prior to enrolment.  

Further information about BRPs can be found on this page.

I am studying a programme that requires ATAS clearance. Do I need to bring my ATAS certificate?

Yes, you will need to bring your ATAS certificate in order to enrol. Please note that ATAS applies regardless of course length and immigration category.

Further information about ATAS can be found on this page. 

I don’t have my visa with me because I have submitted a visa application from within the UK and it is still under consideration. I submitted the application by myself. Can I still enrol?


Yes, as long as you are able to provide evidence of your in-time application. 

If you have applied using the new visa application service from within the UK, you will need to bring:

  • Your passport 
  • Your current visa 
  • Your UKVCAS appointment confirmation 

And one of the following documents:

  • Your application checklist
  • The first page of your visa application
  • Your payment receipt from the Home Office 

If you have applied using the existing visa application service from within the UK, you will need to bring:

  • A photocopy of your passport   
  • A photocopy of your current visa
  • Your biometric enrolment letter and receipt or your post office receipt

And one of the following documents:

  • Your application checklist
  • The first page of your visa application
  • Your payment receipt from the Home Office

I submitted my application with the UCL Check and Send service and it is still under consideration. Can I still enrol? 

Yes, as long as you are able to provide evidence of your in-time application. You will need to bring along the following:

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A photocopy of your current visa
  • The coversheet given to you by the UCL Check and Send Service when you had your appointment with them 

How do I enrol if I am a distance-learning student?

If you have received an offer confirming your status on a distance-learning programme, you will not be required to attend UCL in person during your studies. We will provide you with relevant information during the pre-enrolment process.


What happens next?

You'll find lots of helpful information in our checklists for new students and the Welcome to UCL app.