Enrolment is the process through which you formally agree to be a student at UCL.
No ID card collection available between Monday 3 February and Wednesday 5 February
Due to system upgrades, new students will not be able to collect an ID card between Monday 3 February and Wednesday 5 February. You will be able to collect an ID card as per usual before this period or from Thursday 6 February from the Recruitment and Admission Hub in rooms G01 and G02 on the ground floor of the Chadwick Building, at UCL's main Bloomsbury campus.
On this page you'll find information on the following:
- What is enrolment?
- When and where do I enrol?
- What do I need to bring with me?
- What happens after I've completed enrolment?
Enrolment is the process of formally becoming a UCL student. It includes the following steps:
- We'll verify your ID and take a copy of your passport and any visa you may hold.
- You'll confirm your acceptance of UCL’s terms and conditions (if you haven't already done so as part of pre-enrolment).
- You'll have the opportunity to pay your fees (if you haven't already done so online).
- You will be issued with a letter confirming you're now enrolled (the Statement of Student Status).
- 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.
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 January 2020
Below are the dates and times for students enrolling with UCL in January 2020:
- Enrolment for international and EU students - Thursday 9 January 2020, 9am to 1pm, Wilkins Building
- Enrolment for UK students - Thursday 9 January 2020, 2pm to 4pm, Wilkins Building
If you are unable to attend your enrolment appointment on Thursday 9 January then you should go to the Recruitment and Admissions Hub on arrival and you can enrol there. Please note that you must enrol within two weeks of the official start date quoted in your offer letter.
Students joining the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination PG Cert (SENCo) should enrol in the Recruitment and Admissions Hub on Tuesday 7 January 2020, 2pm to 4pm.
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. Remember that you must enrol within two weeks of the official start date quoted in your offer letter.
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.
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
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 if you're a student joining UCL at the start of term in September or January or contact us (all other times of year).
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.
International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP)
International and EU students can attend our ISOP events, including opportunities to find out more about life in the UK and your studies at UCL. Students' Union UCL run a range of social events as part of ISOP, to help you meet others.
There's a wide variety of helpful information in our Countdown to UCL blog, with articles written by students themselves.
Our handy checklists will help you ensure you've completed all the necessary tasks within your first few days and weeks.
Our Welcome to UCL app includes useful guides for new students starting in January. With a schedule of Meet Your Department and Students' Union UCL events, it can help you organise your first few weeks and connect with others.
The January guide will be made available shortly.