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This page will tell you all about the activities on offer during Welcome week, and will provide you with useful information about arriving in the UK, finding accommodation and who to contact if you have any questions.

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Aston Welcome

Saturday 14th – Friday 20th January 2017

Aston Welcome 2017 is open to all new students to help you settle into your new home. There will be a mixture of academic, practical, cultural and fun activities. Most 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 Welcome 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 an international or home student, have a disability, commute in to campus or if you’ve never left home before – we have a variety of events in place to help you settle in. 

The timetable of Welcome events will be available to view on the myAston app, but if you don't have a smart phone, it will also be available in webview mode.

Click below to download the programme and register for any events that you are interested in!

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Arriving in the UK

International Meet and Greet

Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Monday 16th January – 10.00AM – 8.00PM  

There is a FREE Meet & Greet service for new international and EU students from outside the UK.

If you arrive at Birmingham airport during the meet and greet times above, the Students’ Union team will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation. 

In order to use this service, you must register below:

Register now

If you will be arriving at Birmingham airport outside of the Meet and Greet times, you will need to find your own way to your accommodation. The campus is about 10 miles from the airport, and the journey takes about 20-30 minutes in a taxi.

Alternatively, you can get the train directly from Birmingham Airport to Birmingham New Street station for local train and bus connections.

You can find more information about transport in Birmingham here.


On-Campus Accommodation

For students arriving in January, accommodation on campus will unfortunately be very limited. 

If you are interested in finding accommodation on campus, please contact accom@aston.ac.uk.

Make sure that you include your full name, Aston student number, and the date that you would like accommodation from and to. The accommodation team will contact you if any rooms become available.

Off-Campus Accommodation

Most students arriving in January will need to find accommodation off campus.

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.

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!


If you are an international student from outside of the EU/EEA, then you will need a visa to study in the UK. 

Aston’s team of qualified immigration advisers provide free advice on a range of visa and immigration issues, and can help you apply for your Tier 4 General visa.

You can find more information about immigration issues here


If you are an EU/EEA student, you should apply for an EHIC card before you arrive. This will entitle you to free healthcare while you are in the UK. 

If you are a non-EU student and your visa is for less than 6 months, you will not be entitled to free healthcare in the UK. You should make sure that you have adequate healthcare insurance for the duration of your studies to cover any medical treatment or emergencies.

For further information about healthcare for international students, please click here.


Aston Welcome queries – astonwelcome@aston.ac.uk.

Aston Advice Zone (general queries) – thehub@aston.ac.uk

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

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