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New students

Your guide to preparing for university and making the most of student life when you arrive.

Welcome! We are very pleased you have chosen to join our university community and look forward to meeting you. These pages include everything you need to know and who to contact when starting your journey as a student with us.

You will be sent an email asking you to enrol approximately 3 weeks before your start date.

Your student ID card offers proof of identity, library and e-learning access and the ability to gain entry to University buildings.

Get prepared and give yourself the best possible start to student life.

Make sure you have a smooth start and all you need to make the most out of your studies and student experience.

Adjusting to university life can be both exciting and challenging. Make use of the social and wellbeing events, services and support available to you.

In addition to our other sections, these pages provide specific information for you, including visas, immigration, travelling, BRP and police registration.

We are here to help with any questions you have, challenges you may face and to help you get the most out of your university experience.

Our online orientation programme, Cardiff Student Welcome, provides a high-level overview of topics like mental health, study skills, and Welsh life so you’re fully prepared for your time with us.