Online enrolment

Your first step to becoming a student at Cardiff University is to complete online enrolment.

You must complete online enrolment by:

  • agreeing to be a student at Cardiff University and abide by its regulations
  • agreeing to the data protection statement
  • checking and updating your student record information
  • paying tuition fees or providing evidence of sponsorship.

The online enrolment task will be available to you approximately three weeks prior to the start date of your programme. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Please note the enrolment task will only be available to you for a limited time, and therefore you are advised to complete enrolment as soon as possible.

Once you've enrolled, you can collect your student card, access all of our facilities, receive your first student loan payment and attend your School induction events.

How to enrol online

Before starting the registration process you will need:

  • your Cardiff University username and password
  • your contact details
  • where relevant, your payment details (bank account, credit/debit card, sponsorship details).

You can access online enrolment through SIMS online.

You will need to click on the ‘SIMS: online login’ link (on the bottom left of the screen) and then enter your Cardiff University username and password.

Then click on the link ‘Begin Enrolment’.

You should check the information held by the University about you, and update this where required. Your information will be saved as you complete each page, this means that you will not be able to go back and make changes once you have completed each page so please read and check the information carefully.

If you're experiencing problems within SIMS, please see our guidance on student loans and fees and using the SIMS online system.

What happens next?

Once you have completed enrolment you will be sent a confirmation of enrolment email within 24 hours. It is not necessary to print this out.

In SIMS, the 'begin enrolment' button will disappear and a new 'confirmation of programme of study' button will appear.

If you need to select optional modules, a link will appear once you have confirmed your programme of study. Some schools may require you to attend school enrolment/induction events before selecting optional modules. Please see your School timetable for more information.

If your optional module selections are incorrect, you can re-select them using the module selection facility, which your School will then need to approve.

You can view your modules at any time within SIMS by visiting the academic record section.

Transferring to a different programme

You can request a programme transfer via an online task once you've completed online enrolment. We advise that you first seek academic approval from your School. Please note this may require a reassessment of your fee liability.

Verifying your qualifications

Shortly following enrolment, we'll notify by post those students who are required to provide certification of their existing qualifications.

If you're asked to do this, you'll have to produce your original certificates (or authenticated copies) for inspection. Certified translations are required where the original documentation is in a non-EU language.

If you're unable to produce proof of your qualifications, you may not be admitted into the University or the Student Disciplinary Procedure may be applied.

Membership of the Students' Union

Once you complete online enrolment, you automatically become a full member of the Cardiff University Students' Union, which offers a variety of clubs, societies and services.

However, you do have the right not to be a member of the Union under Section 22(2)(c) of the Education Act 1994. If you'd like to exercise that right, you'll need to notify the Academic Registrar in writing via Ask Cardiff by the end of the second week of the first term or within 14 days of completing online enrolment.

Unable to use a computer or access the internet?

Online enrolment is compulsory, and we advise that you complete it before you arrive in Cardiff – but if you can't access a computer or get online, you can register on your arrival at the University in one of our enrolment venues where staff will be on hand to help.

The venues are open in mid-September, and we'll post details of these closer to the date, so please watch this space.