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Student Welcome

Student Welcome activities for all students start on the following dates, depending on your course entry start:

  • September 2023 intake: Monday 18 September
  • January 2024 intake: TBC

Student Welcome is packed with activities to help you get to know your course, your peers and your University. Listed below are just some of the main things that will start you on your way to becoming a fully-fledged student at Solent University.

Before accessing any systems, please ensure you've set up your account using guidance here.

You will be able to access your Welcome Week timetable through Solent Online Learning (SOL) using the same log in details you receive to pre-register online.

Student Welcome allows you to meet other students on your course, as well as some of your tutors, and maybe even some current second- and third-year students.

There are also a number of social events and activities to help you find your way around Solent and Southampton, as well as meet new friends and try out new things! Some of these activities could include roller discos, laser tag, and specific course-led activities, such as facilities tours, studio sessions and guest lectures.

Welcome events

The University and Solent Students’ Union (SU) have got loads of Student Welcome events lined up for 2023! Take a look below.

Students' Union events

International Welcome Week Presentation
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Palmerston Lecture Theatre

Scavenger Hunt (international students)
Time: 2.30-4pm
Venue: SU office

Social event (international students)
Time: 4.30-6.30pm
Venue: The Dock

Follow the SU on social media for the latest news and events @solentsu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check out their website.

University events

Apprentices welcome talk
Venue: TBC

Mature student welcome event
If you're a mature student about to begin your studies at Solent, this welcome event will address any concerns you may have about starting university.
Venue: TS312

Events happening all week

Student world map
Show us where you're from! Add a sticker to our world map to help us develop a picture of where our students have joined us from.
Venue: Library foyer

Library scavenger hunt
Complete the library scavenger hunt to explore all that's on offer! Completed entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a Sodexo voucher to spend on refreshments on campus.
Venue: Library foyer

Get Ready!

Please take a look at our Get Ready for Solent pages, where you can find out more about Solent University. You'll find lots of interactive activities to help you prepare for university life and your studies with us.

Activities include:

  • Learning technologies induction - this is really important for guidance on the systems and technology used at Solent, the software you are entitled to, assessment guidance, etc.
  • Find out about the Library and the resources available to support your studies.
  • Find out about the Students' Union and the events they have planned.
  • Join in with a range of fun study skills workshops (you may be a little rusty after a break from college!).
  • Focus on your wellbeing and how to take care of yourself.
  • Get to know other students through video chat sessions.
  • Ask questions and join in discussions.
  • Advice and tips on being a student.
  • Money-saving ideas and how to get student discounts.

Get Ready for Solent will be updated regularly, so make sure you check back for the latest events and activities.

Log in to Get Ready for Solent
(you will need your University login details which will be provided when you pre-register closer to the start of term)

Enrolment and campus cards

Before you can start at Solent, the first thing you need to do is enrol for your course. To do this, there are two steps you need to complete:

Towards the start of term, you’ll be emailed your username and password with instructions on how to access the pre-registration area of our University Portal. It’s important you complete pre-registration so we can enrol you.

Your user name and password also means you can log on to Get Ready for Solent and Solent Online Learning where you can access your Welcome Week timetable.

While you're online...

Join our new starters Facebook group! Chat to other new students and ask our Student Hub any questions you might have about being a student at Solent.

Join our UniBuddy community! Meet and chat to other new students, as well as current students to talk about all things Solent.

What else happens during Student Welcome

Course-led activity

Course-specific activities help to familiarise you with your course before teaching begins. These may be on- or off-site, practical- or theory-based and provide an opportunity to learn more about the environment in which you’ll be studying.

Doctor's registration

You’ll have the opportunity to register with a local GP if you’re new to Southampton. This can be completed online, however will have an NHS representative on site during Welcome Week if you need assistance. A video detailing how to register online can be found on the Get Ready for Solent site once you have your log in details.

Once you're registered with a local GP, and are in Southampton permanently, we recommend booking an appointment for the MenACWY vaccination. This will protect you against meningitis and septicaemia, which can be spread easily among students. Ask your GP for further information, or visit Meningitis Now.

Learning technologies induction

This is an online resource that will introduce you to the learning resources and technology you'll be using at Solent.

Just follow these steps to get started:

If you have any issues using the online resource, visit our help pages.

Got any questions?

If you have any questions about Student Welcome, please contact the admissions and enrolment team on 023 8201 5066.