Home Undergraduate: 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.

First few weeks checklist

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

  • Personal Tutor
    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.
  • Transition Mentor
    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.

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.


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Term dates for 2022-2023

First term
Start date: Monday 26 September 2022
End date: Friday 16 December 2022

Second term
Start date: Monday 9 January 2023
End date: Friday 24 March 2023

Third term
Start date: Monday 24 April 2023
End date: Friday 9 June 2023