Home Postgraduate Research: Before you start

You'll need to get several things done before you start your programme of study at UCL. Use our 'before you start' checklist to help you tick them off one by one so that you can feel prepared for the first day of term.

Before you start checklist

1. Sort out your funding

Funding advice: Check out the funding options available for postgraduate research students. 
You will need to pay your fees or provide evidence of sponsorship by a set date depending on when you start. See fee schedules. 

2. Find somewhere to live

You can live in UCL accommodation or alternative accommodation. We also offer family accommodation.

3. Complete pre-enrolment

Pre-enrolment is the first step to becoming enrolled as an official UCL student. You will receive an invitation to pre-enrol by email, which will explain the steps you need to take. But if you would like to know more please see our dedicated page.

4. Pay your fees

If you want to pay your fees during the main enrolment period, please select the “Pay Your Fees” option from your Portico account. After the enrolment period, you will see your fee invoices/transactions in your Student Statement (Portico) and will be able to pay from there. See further information on fees.

5. Set up a student bank account

If you haven't already got one, setting up a student bank account will pay off by the end of term. It is also a good idea to think about planning your budget, especially if you will be new to studying in London.

6. Get your vaccinations

If you are under 25, please make sure you have meningitis (ACWY) and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccinations before you arrive. Meningitis and measles are serious conditions. You can find out more about these and COVID-19 vaccinations

7. Complete online inductions

We have interactive online modules you need to complete before your term starts. They contain useful information that will give you a great start at UCL. 
Your faculty or departments may also have their own online inductions, but you will be contacted directly about these, so keep an eye on your emails. In the meantime, we recommend new Doctoral Students to make a start with our Welcome resources.  

8. Look into your childcare options (if this applies to you)

If you are a student who is a parent or guardian with caring responsibilities, we have support and advice available for you.