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Welcome Week 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, Welcome Week starts on Monday 18 September 2017. You may find that you’re not scheduled to attend your first activity until later on in the week – check your joining instructions for your specific arrival date. Welcome Week 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.

The welcome induction for international students starts on Thursday 14 September 2017.

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 end of August, 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 before coming to Solent in September. If you don’t have access to a PC, we have a pre-registration area available in the enrolment rooms, but bear in mind that this will delay your enrolment when you get here.

Your user name and password also means you can log on to Solent Online Learning - this is where you'll find your individual Welcome Week timetable.

While you're online, take a look at our Get Ready for Solent area. It's a pre-arrival course that you can work through to help prepare both academically and socially before you arrive at Solent. You can use the same user name and password as above to log in.

When you get here
The day and time of your enrolment will be shown on your Welcome Week timetable. This is the more formal part; but you do get to meet the lovely members of our admissions and enrolment team. 

The admissions and enrolment team will verify your ID and visa documentation (if applicable) and notify the Student Loans Company that you've officially enrolled.

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

  • have completed online pre-registration before Welcome Week and uploaded an acceptable photograph to be used on your campus card,
  • attend your scheduled enrolment session as detailed on your Welcome Week timetable,
  • bring photographic ID (passport, driver’s licence. ID card can be used for EU students),
  • bring your visa and any associated paperwork (if applicable),
  • bring your joining instruction postcard,
  • bring any student finance or sponsorship forms,
  • bring all original qualifications that have not been verified via UCAS.

Campus cards
You’ll need to have your picture taken for your campus card if you didn't get the chance to upload a photo during pre-registration. 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 are 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. If you want to view all the academic policies in full before you get here, see our academic handbook. 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 Welcome Week

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 also have the opportunity to meet your fellow students and have some fun!

Student services introduction
Meet our Student Hub and Students 1st Support teams and find out about the services and support available to Solent students.

NHS 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.

IT induction
Find out everything you need to know about the University's IT facilities in just 30 minutes! Discover how to access the Solent network, how to connect your laptop to University Wi-Fi, where to find your course work, and how to use your student email account.

The library
Although there’s no formal session, Welcome Week is a great time to pop into the library and 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!

International welcome talk
This talk takes place on 21 September and is a must for EU or overseas students who aren’t able to attend any of the international inductions on 14 and 15 September. The talk gives you an introduction to Solent and life in the UK, and you’ll explore UK culture in an entertaining way! Overseas students will also be able to get advice on immigration, visas, police registration and work restrictions.

Fresher’s fayre

Fresher's fayre is one of the most exciting fixtures of Welcome Week, and Solent's has even been labelled one of the best in the country.

You’ll find lots of Students' Union societies and University sports clubs, as well as businesses, in and around Southampton Guildhall for you to meet. This is the best time to sign up for any society that grabs your interest or any sports club you wish to join.

There will also be loads of different shops, restaurants, clubs, pubs and other local services who will be handing out freebies and giving access to special offers exclusive to Solent students.

You’ll be allocated a time slot to visit the fresher's fayre on your welcome week timetable – don't miss out!

Need some more tips about being a fresher? Hear what some of our current students wish they'd known when they first started at Solent.

Got any questions?

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

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