Enrolment for new students

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

On this page you'll find information on the following:

What is enrolment?

Enrolment is the process of formally becoming a UCL student. It includes the following steps:

  1. We'll verify your ID and take a copy of your passport and any visa you may hold.
  2. You'll confirm your acceptance of UCL’s terms and conditions (if you haven't already done so as part of pre-enrolment).
  3. You'll have the opportunity to pay your fees (if you haven't already done so online).
  4. You will be issued with a letter confirming you're now enrolled (the Statement of Student Status).
  5. You'll receive your student ID card after having your photo taken.

Once we confirm your enrolment, you'll be able to access the library and other resources and services.

When and where do I enrol? 

Once you've completed pre-enrolment online, you'll receive a confirmation email with details of your face-to-face enrolment appointment. Please attend at the time and location specified.

Throughout most of the year (but not including the start of term in September and January), enrolment takes place in the Recruitment and Admissions Hub in rooms G01 and G02 on the ground floor of the Chadwick Building, at UCL's main Bloomsbury campus. The Hub is open for enrolment from 2pm to 4.30pm each weekday. 

Students joining UCL at the start of term in September 2019

If you're starting on or around Monday 23 September 2019, please enter UCL's main Bloomsbury campus through the gates on Gower Street to enrol at the time specified in your pre-enrolment confirmation email - signs and Welcome Team staff will direct you from there (the Main Quad, also called the Front Quad) to the correct place.

If for any reason you're unable to attend your appointment at the time specified, please come to enrol during one of the following late enrolment sessions:

Teacher training (ITE) students

If you're a teacher training (ITE) student starting in September 2019 and have for any reason been unable to attend your appointment at the time specified, please come to enrol during one of the following teacher training (ITE) late enrolment sessions:

Please note the enrolment deadline for all teacher training (ITE) students, except those on a post-compulsory programme, is Friday 27 September. If you require a visa to study, the deadline for enrolment is Thursday 12 September.

If you're joining UCL at any time of year other than the start of term in September or January and are unable to attend your enrolment appointment at the time specified, please contact us for guidance.

Distance learning students (including the UCL MBA)

If you're studying at UCL on a distance learning programme (including the UCL MBA) then you do not need to enrol in person. However, you will still need to complete pre-enrolment online and you'll be asked to upload some additional documentation.

You'll then receive full details of your next steps in the pre-enrolment confirmation email.

Students with accessibility requirements

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact us and we'll make sure enrolment is as straightforward as possible for you.

Examples of the kind of accessibility support we can offer include step-free access, a guide for the enrolment route (for students with a visual impairment, for example) or the opportunity to complete enrolment at a time when the campus will be quieter.  

What do I need to bring with me?

Student number

You'll need to provide your student number. This is the 8-digit number you can find in your invitation email for pre-enrolment or other correspondence from UCL Admissions

Passport or other form of ID

All new students need to bring a valid passport or other acceptable form of ID.

If you don't have a valid passport and are from the UK, the EU/EEA or Switzerland, any of the following can be accepted: 

  • A UK photo driving licence but only if this shows that 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, together with another form of photo ID

If you're from a country outside the UK, the EU/EEA or Switzerland, then your passport is the only form of identification we're able to accept.


If you require a visa to study in the UK, you'll need to bring evidence of your current immigration status. This means either of the following:

  • Your current visa allowing you to study at UCL and your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Proof that you have applied in time for a visa to allow you to study and are awaiting a decision - in this case, please speak to a member of the Student Immigration Compliance team when you enrol

BRP collection

If you'll be collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you'll need to do so prior to enrolment.

Some students choose to collect their BRP from UCL - you'll be notified by email when it is available to collect. If the time allocated for collecting your BRP is after your enrolment appointment, please either speak to a member of the Welcome Team for help (students joining UCL at the start of term in September or January) or contact us (all other times of year). 

Further information about BRPs can be found on this page.

Students awaiting a decision on their visa application

If you have applied for your visa from within the UK and are awaiting a decision, you'll need to bring all of the following:

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

You'll also need to bring one of the following documents:

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

If you've applied for your visa using the UCL Tier 4 document checking service and are awaiting a decision, you'll need to bring all of the following: 

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A photocopy of your current visa
  • The cover sheet given to you by the UCL Tier 4 document checking service when you had your appointment with them
  • Your UKVCAS appointment confirmation 

Students using eGates at the UK border 

If you're a national from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA and have been granted a Tier 4 Student visa, you'll be permitted to use the eGates when you enter the UK. This means that you won't receive a landing stamp in your passport that confirms you entered the UK within the duration of your 30-day travel visa.

In addition to your passport and Tier 4 Student BRP, if you use an eGate you'll also need to bring copies of your flight confirmation when you come to enrolment. Sufficient evidence includes your boarding pass, flight confirmation or flight ticket. It is important that you do not enter the UK before the start date of your 30-day travel visa.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate

If your programme requires Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance, then you'll need to bring your ATAS certificate in order to enrol.

Please note that ATAS applies regardless of programme length and immigration category.

Further information about ATAS can be found on this page. 

What happens after I've completed enrolment?

Settling in

There's a wide variety of helpful information in our Countdown to UCL blog, with articles written by students themselves.

Visit the Countdown to UCL.

Our handy checklists will help you ensure you've completed all the necessary tasks within your first few days and weeks.

View the checklists.

Our Welcome to UCL app includes useful guides for new students starting in September and January. With a central schedule of events, it can help you organise your first few weeks and connect with others.

Download the Welcome to UCL app.