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New students

Aston Freshers 2017

Aston Freshers' 2017 is open to all new students to help you settle into your new home. There will be a mixture of academic, practical, cultural, social and fun activities. Many are free, and all are designed to help you make new friends, prepare for your studies and settle in to life at Aston quickly and easily.

If you are new to the UK, Aston Freshers’ is your opportunity to sort out the practicalities of moving to another country, such as opening a bank account, finding out about how to access healthcare and getting used to a new culture and language.

Attendance is highly recommended – whether you’re a home or an international student, have a disability, commute in to campus or if you’ve never lived away from home before – we have a huge variety of events in place to help you settle in.

Make sure to download the myAston app - this is where you will find your academic and social timetable, important news and information and even which washing machines are free in the launderette! If you don't have a smart phone, your timetable will also be available in webview mode.

Check this page closer to September for the full programme of activities and to register for events.

Enrolment

All new students will need to come to campus to complete our enrolment process on either Friday 15th, Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th September.

At enrolment, you will get your UniCARD (University ID card) so that you can access university buildings. You will also need to provide your original documents (such as your qualifications) for your school to scan.

We will email you a couple of weeks before Welcome Weekend to let you know the day and time of your enrolment slot, so that you can begin to make plans to travel to the University. Please stick to your enrolment slot, as it will cause delays for you and other students if you do not.

While you are completing enrolment, our friends and family meet and greet area will provide a space for anyone accompanying you to get some refreshments, and to find out more about the support services that are available to all Aston students.

Check our enrolment guide here for more information.

Moving in

If you’re going to be living on campus, your moving in time and day will coincide with your enrolment slot.

Our drop-off area will have a time limit of 15 minutes to allow you to grab a trolley and unload your belongings.

Our friendly Aston Auntie student volunteers will be on hand to help you move your things and answer any questions, and will then let you know where you can park up.

Once enrolment is out of the way and campus based students have moved into their accommodation, the fun can begin!

Welcome Weekend Festivities

We'll be starting things off with a bang from the moment our students arrive on campus on Saturday 16th September, with activities, delicious food and a festival atmosphere to match the excitement of starting your new life at Aston University.

Over the course of the weekend, we'll have music provided by Aston's AUX student radio, performances and interactive sessions from our student societies, fun and games organised by Sport Aston, traditional fun fair side stalls, giant board games on the lawn, and interactive circus skills workshops courtesy of Circus Mash! Because all of this excitement will no doubt work up an appetite, we will also have our very own street food market, with vendors from Birmingham's thriving street food scene serving up delicious foods from around the world.

Freshers' week is your chance to find your way around campus, meet your tutors and make new friends across the university.

The focus of the first half of the week will be your school induction. All school induction activities will be clearly indicated as compulsory on your time table. Your school will provide more information about your induction timetable nearer to the time.

There will also be a whole range of optional informative, interactive and social workshops and sessions where you can find out about university services, life in Birmingham and the UK and meet other students with shared interests.

If you find yourself with a gap in your compulsory timetable, make sure to check out what’s going on!

Aston’s Student’s Union will be providing a packed schedule of social and fun events (both drinking and non-drinking) to cater for our incredibly diverse group of students, culminating in our massive Freshers’ Fair on Friday.

We hope to provide something for everyone, whether it's specific events for postgraduate, international, exchange and mature students, students living on or off campus, students with disabilities or support needs and for all faiths and none.

If you have any questions or concerns before you arrive, just get in touch with the Aston welcome team on the email address below.

On-campus accommodation

If you would like to find accommodation on-campus, there are a range of styles and options to cater for your budget.

Check out what’s on offer and apply via our website here.

Off-Campus Accommodation

If you will not be studying at Aston for a full academic year or you would rather live away from the campus, you’ll need to find your own accommodation in the surrounding areas.

Birmingham is fortunate in that it boasts a wide variety of alternative accommodation options for students that are well connected by bus and rail links.

However, there are still a number of things to take into consideration when seeking off-campus accommodation. Short term lets are not as easy to find as long term lets, and you may need to look at areas further from the campus. Please seek advice and start your search early.

Alternative off-campus accommodation types:

  • Private student halls
  • Shared house
  • Flats/Studios
  • Homestay Landlords

 

Aston Student Homes is the official students’ union accommodation support service – check here first for any available rooms. Make sure to check the message board too!

Aston University Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) provide advice on finding accommodation off campus. The ARC can provide you with a list of approved landlords and accommodation providers in Birmingham to help start your search.

The ARC also offers an accommodation contract checking service. Once you have found accommodation, we recommend that you bring your contract for one of the advisers to check before you sign it to help avoid any issues or disputes after you move in.

If you are an international student, it’s a good idea to arrive in the UK early so that you can view properties and make arrangements in person. Remember to book some temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in the UK!


Aston Welcome queriesastonwelcome@aston.ac.uk

General queriesthehub@aston.ac.uk

International Student Support team (immigration queries)astoninternational@aston.ac.uk

Aston Student Homes / Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) advice@aston.ac.uk