Before You Arrive

This section is full of useful information about tasks you could do before you arrive, helping to make the move here as stress-free as possible.

Fees and Finance

It is extremely important for you to have made arrangements for the payment of your tuition fees before arriving, so that you can be happy in the knowledge that financial matters have been dealt with and for you to proceed and enjoy the University experience. The following link will provide information and guidance on the tasks you need to complete: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-finance/before-you-arrive/

Information Services – Email Account and Aber Card

Your email account and Aber Card give you access to the library, computing and media services at Aberystwyth University. You will be emailed shortly before your course begins with details on how to activate your email account.

Once your email account has been activated, you can apply for your Aber Card online. Information on when and where to pick up your Aber Card is at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/help/ug/welcome/#collection.

Important information: www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/help/ug/welcome

Accommodation

Guaranteed first year accommodation!

Our residences provide a variety of high quality facilities and services in a range of accommodation styles to suit all tastes and budgets. In every type of accommodation you will find a safe and secure environment in which to live, study and relax.

Most of our residences are on campus, others are conveniently located within walking distance of the campus and beautiful seaside town centre. Our friendly residences team are also on hand 24/7 to support you in both your academic and residential life.

Check out our Moving In webpage for details on when and where to arrive and collect your key from plus a very handy pre-arrival checklist.

Before you arrive, have you:

  1. Applied for University accommodation
  2. Activated your Aberystwyth University e-mail account
  3. Accepted your offer & completed your Accommodation Licence Pack
  4. Got a copy of your Key Release Form – you need this in exchange for your room key when you arrive!
  5. Uploaded a photo for you Aber Card – smile!
  6. Join us on Facebook

Food and Drink Packages

Meal Plan Offer - you can now take advantage of our fantastic value ‘Eat with us, shop with us’ flexible meal plan packages even if you are living in self-catered accommodation or private housing in town! Eat what you want, when you want, where you want, from hot dinners to Starbucks on the go or just pick up some ingredients to cook yourself. For more information: https://payments.bis.aber.ac.uk/catering/en/index.php

Read your ‘Welcome to Aberystwyth 2017’ Booklet

This booklet gives you details of events that we have arranged for you over the Big Welcome Weekend. The only thing you need to know before you arrive is that you should come first of all to the Great Hall, Arts Centre on Penglais Campus. Staff on duty at the University’s main entrance will show you where to park and go. In the Great Hall you will be welcomed and collect your accommodation key and Aber Card. Here you will also receive all the information and help you will need to plan the rest of your Big Welcome Weekend and the following Orientation Week.  For your convenience, a paper copy of this booklet will also be posted to you by Royal Mail from 21 August onwards.  Please bring this booklet with you.

Plan Your Journey

Finding us is easy, no matter what mode of transport you decide to use. Our Maps and Travel pages have detailed information on getting to Aberystwyth.

Parking

During the Big Welcome Weekend you will be able to park on Campus, without a permit, for the purpose of unloading your belongings and moving into University accommodation.

Parking immediately next to the accommodation is limited and therefore during the Big Welcome Weekend we limit parking in these areas to a maximum of 20 minutes to ensure that we can facilitate this service for all students.  Once you have finished unloading your belongings we ask that you please move your car to another parking area in one of the designated long stay car parks. Members of staff will be on site to help you park.

To find out all about parking on campus, and to apply for a permit if you’re eligible, please visit our Parking web pages.

Pre-Freshers Week

Monday 18 - Thursday 21 September.

This annual four-day event gives you the chance to try out the massive range of sports on offer.  More details can be found here.

Sport Aber

The Sports Centre, located on campus, hosts a wide range of facilities including a swimming pool, fitness suite, climbing wall and playing fields, in addition to an extensive selection of classes. Joining Sport Aber provides great discounts to the facilities and activities.

Societies Registration

The Students’ Union host an extensive range of sports clubs and societies to get involved in, all of which we'll be promoting during the Big Welcome Weekend and Orientation Week. Before joining any club or society, you will need to join Tîm Aber.

NUS Card

If you are a bargain-hunter, a NUS extra card will entitle you to exclusive student discounts. The NUS Extra Card is the ultimate student discount card, and the only card approved by the National Union of Students and AberSU.  More details can be found through the NUS

Bus Pass

Student bus cards can be purchased from the Students’ Union

Health and Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Service provides advice and guidance on a range of wellbeing issues. Although we work closely with local GPs and hospital services to ensure that you get good care and attention when needed, it is important that you register with a local GP on arrival in Aberystwyth.  GP registration forms will be issued from the Great Hall, Arts Centre, during the Big Welcome Weekend on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September and should be returned to one of the following locations:

  • Student Support Services stand at the Big Welcome Weekend, Arts Centre, during key collection on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September.
  • Reception, Student Welcome Centre, Penglais Campus between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday 25 to Friday 29 September.
  • Reception, Students Union Building, Penglais Campus between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday 25 to Friday 29 September.

Located in the Student Welcome Centre on Penglais Campus the Wellbeing Service is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (4.00pm on Fridays) and can be contacted by phone on 01970 621761/622087 or by email to studentwellbeing@aber.ac.uk.

For more information please visit the Student Support Services website.

Before you arrive, have you:

  • checked that your immunisations are up to date?

We recommend you make sure you are up to date with the following routine vaccinations: meningitis (MenACWY), measles,  diptheria, polio, tetanus.  If you are a student  from a country with a high incidence of TB we also recommend that you are vaccinated against TB.

 If you have a health need and/or have already disclosed a disability/health condition, have you:

  • a good supply of your prescribed medication to take with you to University to last at least a few weeks? – don’t rely on items being sent through the post!
  • checked that your medication is in date – especially EpiPens?
  • considered how you will store your medication safely?
  • a good supply of any equipment required to help you manage your health condition (e.g. sharps boxes, BM testing kits etc.) to last at least a few weeks?
  • considered how you will manage your condition independently (inform friends, ICE, awareness of emergency management/procedures, clinic times etc.)?
  • considered asking your home treatment/health team to refer you to specialists in Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth for term time care and treatment?
  • (if you have diabetes) considered making contact with the local Diabetes Team for term time support?

Disability and Learning Support

If you have not yet informed the University about your disability, learning difference, or long term health issue then please contact Accessibility Services where one of our Accessibility Advisers can then advise you about the support and/or adjustments that may be available to you.

Located in the Student Welcome Centre on Penglais Campus the Accessibility Service is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (4.00pm on Fridays) and can be contacted by phone on 01970 621761/622087 or by email to disability@aber.ac.uk.

For more information: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/accessibility-advice-and-support/

Before you arrive, have you:

  • considered disclosing a disability/health condition formally, as the University may be in a position to make reasonable adjustments and provide certain types of support for you?
  • considered making an appointment with the Accessibility Team (disability@aber.ac.uk) who can advise you further about support and funding options?
  • if eligible, applied for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – useful website http://www.yourdsa.com/
  • checked that accommodation arrangements are in place and your chosen accommodation meets your health or disability needs?

Emergency Contacts

We ask all students to register details of an emergency contact on their student record so please make sure you have the permission of and the correct contact details for the individual you have chosen to be your emergency contact.

Money Advice

The Student Advice, Information and Money Service provides information, advice, support and referral on a wide range of issues. If you are unsure about where to go for advice or assistance please contact us. No issue is too big or too small. Our service is confidential, non-judgemental and free of charge. The Student Advisers are accredited with The National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) and are able to offer professional advice on money management or any issues with Student Finance. They can also give advice and guidance on any queries relating to accommodation, academic progress, University procedures or eligibility for hardship funds.

Located in the Student Welcome Centre on Penglais Campus the Advice Information and Money Service is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (4.00pm on Fridays) and can be contacted by phone on 01970 621761/622087 or by email to student-adviser@aber.ac.uk

For more information: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-finance/money-management/


Before you arrive, have you:

  • arranged to bring spending money with you as it can take a few weeks for your student loan to come through?
  • arranged an overdraft facility?

Term Dates

Have a look at term dates to plan your semester:

Dates of Term:  Session 2017/2018

 

The Small Print

Essential Information and Verification

All new undergraduate students should be able to prove that they have fulfilled the necessary academic conditions for admission as stipulated by Aberystwyth University. You should be prepared to provide satisfactory evidence of your qualifications either before registration or during the first year of your studies at Aberystwyth.

HESA

It is important to be aware that the institution passes on personal data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). You can find further information concerning this process at the link above.

Consumer Protection

Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 we are obliged to provide you with certain prescribed information prior to the formation of the Contract. To find more detailed information on the contents of this, please see the University's regulations on this matter.

Complaints Procedure

We hope you will have no problems regarding your admission to or time with us at Aberystwyth University. However, if you have a complaint about any aspect of our admissions and recruitment service, please contact us.