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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.

This year, new students welcome starts on Monday 21 September. Your course team will contact you to let you know the course activities scheduled for the week.

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!

We're busy working on our Student Welcome activities - check back soon to see what we've got planned!

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:

  • IT induction - this is really important for campus cards, passwords and accessing all the software you need.
  • Take a tour of the library and find out how to access all our e-resources.
  • 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 howt o 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)

International students

The welcome induction for international and EU students starts on Thursday 17 September 2020. Activities run through to the start of Welcome for all students. It gives you the chance to settle in and engage in informative and fun activities with other international students.

We're busy working on our international student welcome and induction activities - check back soon to see what we've got planned!

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:

Before you arrive: pre-register online

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.

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.

Virtual enrolment

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the University will be operating a virtual enrolment. Once you have completed your pre-registration, you will need to email a copy of your passport or driving licence (international students must send a copy of their passport)  to the admissions and enrolment team. Once we have received this, we will be able to enrol you on your course, send you your joining instructions, and you will be able to access Solent Online Learning for information about your course. We will also notify the Student Loans Company that you've officially enrolled (if applicable).

To help your enrolment go as quickly as possible, please ensure you:

  • have completed online pre-registration as soon as you receive an email from us, including uploading an acceptable passport-sized photo,
  • send us a copy of your passport or driver’s licence (international students must send a copy of their passport),
  • send in copies of your qualifications, if requested.

International students - you will need to complete enrolment as above. Further details will be communicated with you to arrange to see your documents once you arrive at Solent.

Campus cards

A campus card will be issued to you when you are back on site, which is why it's important to ensure you've uploaded a suitable passport-sized photo. Your campus card registers your attendance at University. Attending lectures and seminars is key to your learning - it’s important you swipe your campus card before each session so we know you're engaging with your course. Your attendance is monitored, so don't forget to swipe!

Student and course handbooks

The student handbook is a really useful guide with information on the various support you'll have access to while studying at Solent. It introduces relevant University policies you may need to refer to, eg, assessments, and also gives advice and information on what to do in certain circumstances, such as being unable to attend classes or submit an assessment. The student handbook will be available to view online from September.

Your course handbook will be available to view online on your course's Solent Online Learning site. It contains information specific to your course and will help you prepare for the coming year. It introduces you to your teaching team and provides details of the course structure and the units you’ll be studying, including any optional units you can choose from. You’ll also be able to see the assessment schedule for the year.

What else happens during Student Welcome


Course-led activity

Course-specific activities help to familiarise you with your course before teaching begins. These could be on- or off-site, practical- or theory-based. You'll be welcomed by the Dean of your faculty and there will be opportunities 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. To register on the day, you’ll need to bring some photographic ID (passport or driving licence). If you’re a UK student, it’ll also be useful to be able to provide the name of your previous GP when you register.

Once you're registered with a local GP, 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.

The library

Book your place on one of our library tours, or pop in at any time to have a look around and meet the team. The library also has a great online guide for new students - be sure to take a look!

Learning technologies induction

This is an online resource that will introduce you to the learning resources and technology you'll be using at Solent. The induction is split into two parts - you should aim to complete the first part before you arrive to help familiarise yourself with the basics of the systems we use, and to enable your accounts to be created in advance.

Just follow these steps to get started:

  • Login to learn.solent.ac.uk/induction using the user name and password emailed to you for pre-registration.
  • Complete Part 1 - Preparing for Solent by carrying out the activities in each section.
  • When you start at Solent, return to the induction and complete Part 2 - Studying at Solent.

Start the induction

If you have any issues using the online resource, we have a number of online interactive sessions running through Welcome. Do drop in to one of these sessions if you don't feel confident doing the online induction. Details will be available here.

Solent freshers events

The Freshers Fayre is one of the most exciting fixtures of Welcome at Solent, and ours has even been labelled one of the best in the country in the past!

This year is a little different, but your Students' Union will still be here putting on fantastic virtual events including a virtual societies fair, student hangout groups, and much more!

You’ll find lots of Students' Union societies and activities to get involved in, as well as opportunities to get to know the city of Southampton and to meet fellow students. This is the best time to sign up for any society that grabs your interest!.

They'll also be hosting a pop-up Union on campus for those on site, as well as plenty of activities you can enjoy wherever you are in the world. Plus, you needn't worry about missing that freshers experience - we're looking at ways to welcome you back to campus when we can!

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

The SU team can't wait to meet you!

Got any questions?

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

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