Pre-enrolment is a simple online task in which you confirm various details about you and your programme. Completing pre-enrolment is the first step towards starting out at UCL.

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

What is pre-enrolment?

Pre-enrolment allows you to confirm that the information we hold about you and your programme is correct. This includes your personal details and information about your programme itself and your fees.

If everything is correct, you’ll also have a chance to pay your fees online (or confirm sponsorship if applicable).

You can easily complete pre-enrolment online on your phone or laptop – it only takes a few minutes to complete.

As part of pre-enrolment, you’ll also be asked to accept a number of academic and financial regulations, data protection statements, and to confirm your membership with Students’ Union UCL.  

For reference, view more information on our regulations, data protection and policies.

When do I complete pre-enrolment?

When pre-enrolment is available for your programme, you’ll receive an invitation email with a link for you to start the process.

This email can only be sent once you've accepted your offer, met any conditions and completed any statutory checks if applicable.

Teach First students starting in June 2020

Students on a Teach First programme in the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) who are due to start in June 2020 should expect to receive their invitation to pre-enrol within the first 2 weeks of June.

The pre-enrolment process

Below are the three different stages of pre-enrolment:

Stage 1 - Setting up your user ID and password

Once you’ve received your invitation email, you’ll need to set up a password for your UCL user ID. You’ll be provided with a link to do this.

Please ensure you have your student number (the 8-digit number you can find in your invitation email or other correspondence from UCL Admissions) and have your mobile number to hand – you’ll need both of these to set up your password. 

Your UCL user ID (or username) consists of 7 letters. The first few letters are a random combination and the last few letters are your initials.

You’ll need this to log in to all UCL online services (Moodle, Explore, Portico, askUCL and others) so it’s important that you remember this along with your password. Your user ID will remain the same throughout your time at UCL.

If you ever forget or need to change your password, it can be recovered and updated using MyAccount.

Once you’ve generated your user ID and password, you’ll then need to log in to your UCL email account on Microsoft Outlook through this link. You’ll need to enter your email in the format userID@ucl.ac.uk (e.g. uclxabc@ucl.ac.uk) and your newly created password to access your UCL email account – you should check this regularly throughout your programme.

If you have any problems with your password, please visit the MyAccount FAQs or contact ISD (the UCL Information Services Division, our IT team) by emailing servicedesk@ucl.ac.uk.

Stage 2 - Completing pre-enrolment

Log in to Portico using your user ID and password from Stage 1 and follow the instructions to complete pre-enrolment.

You will be asked to upload copies of identity documentation. All documents should be no larger than 5MB in size and will need to be one of the following file types: JPG or JPEG.

Photo upload

You'll also need to upload a photo of yourself, which will be used on your student ID card. Please follow the instructions given - you'll be notified if the photo you upload doesn't meet the requirements, and will be able to try again.

Contact us for any issues completing pre-enrolment.

Stage 3 - Confirmation of pre-enrolment

Once you’ve completed pre-enrolment, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

This confirmation email will advise you of your next steps.

Contact us for any issues with your confirmation of pre-enrolment.

What happens after I've completed pre-enrolment?

Module registration

Once you have completed pre-enrolment, your confirmation email will give you instructions to select your modules via Portico if your programme of study requires you to do so.

Note that not all programmes have optional modules - in some cases, all of your modules will have been pre-selected.

Read full information about how to register for modules.


Once you have pre-enrolled, we will check the documents you have uploaded and complete your enrolment.

You will be sent an email to confirm once this has been done.