Before you arrive

In this section you'll find lots of useful advice, hints and tips that will help you to prepare for your time in Aberystwyth. 


By choosing to live in Aberystwyth University accommodation, you will become part of an exceptionally inclusive and supportive community that welcomes all! 

All of our residences are on campus, and our friendly residences team are available 24/7 to ensure that you have the best student experience possible. 

We have developed a series of information pages to help support your journey into our residences, and inspire you to make the most of your time with us here at Aberystwyth University: 

Should you have any other questions, please get in touch via our Accommodation Office: / 01970 622984

Information Services - E-mail 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. Keep an eye on your email account, in particular in the weeks prior to starting your studies as we will be in touch to guide you through the process of enrolling, arriving and settling into your studies here at Aberystwyth.

Once your email account has been activated, you can apply for your Aber Card online

You can collect your Aber card from the Hugh Owen Library. You will need to come in person and bring photo ID with you. 

Fees and Finance

It is important that you make arrangements to pay your tuition fees before you start your course. Information on how to set this up, along with other useful advice and tips, can be found on the Tuition Fees and Funding pages. 

Money Advice

Our Student Advice and Money team 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 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.

For more information please visit the Advice and Money webpage or get in touch: / 01970 621761 / 01970 622087.

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 Student Advisers can then advise you about the support and/or adjustments that may be available to you.

The team are on hand and happy to help – before you arrive, you can get in touch by calling on 01970 621761 / 01970 622087 or by emailing the team at

We recognise that this can be a worrying and uncertain time for some. If you are facing any health barriers then please do let us know. We will work closely with you to ensure that you can return to University life as soon as practically possible for you. We will provide students with more information on this in the near future.

For more information: Accessibility Service

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 ( who can advise you further about support and funding options?
  • if eligible, applied for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – useful website
  • checked that accommodation arrangements are in place and your chosen accommodation meets your health or disability needs?

Health and Wellbeing

For more detailed information and Health and Wellbeing, please visit our Student Health webpages.

The Student Wellbeing Service provides advice and guidance on a range of wellbeing issues. Although we work closely with local GP's and hospital services to ensure that you ger good care and attention when needed, it is important that you register with a local GP in Aberystwyth. 

For more information please visit the Student Services website.

Before you arrive, have you:

Checked that your immunisations are up to date? We recommend that 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 high incidence of TB we also recommend that you are vaccinated against TB. 

If you have 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? We do not recommend that you rely on items being sent through the post. 
  • Checked that your medication is in date.
  • Considered how you will store your medication safely.
  • A good supply of any equipment required to help 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 (e.g., 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 needed, considered making contact with the local Diabetes Team for term time support. 

Students are required to register with a GP (local doctor) of their choice within the first week of arrival at University. For further information, please see our student Health webpages


Emergency and Wellbeing Contacts

We ask all students to check details of their University and home addresses and contact details to ensure they are correct and to provide us with an emergency and wellbeing contact. This is something that we will not likely need, but if we do have any concerns about your health and wellbeing or there is an emergency then we will be able to make contact with someone close to you and who you trust. Please make sure you have the permission of and the correct contact details for the individuals you have chosen to be your emergency contact.

Student Discount Card

TOTUM, previously known as NUS extra, is the #1 student discount card, which brings you over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1 year free ISIC - accepted in over 130 countries - unlocking over 42,000 international discounts.  

This is the only discount card approved by the National Union of Students and AberSU. 

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.  

Whilst many people will drive to Aber, you may wish to catch the train. During our Welcome Weekend in September we will have our brilliant A-Team (current students) on hand at Aberystwyth train station to welcome you and support you in getting up to Campus.