We look forward to welcoming you to Aston University. Located in the centre of Birmingham, the UK's second-largest city, Aston is a welcoming home for career-minded students. Aston's graduates are amongst the highest-paid five years after graduation (LEO, 2020), and we are proud to be the Guardian University of the Year 2020 and the Times Higher Education Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (2020).

Information last updated at 14:00 BST on 8 June 2022

Teaching plans for September 2022

When will teaching start?

Welcome Week starts: 19 September 2022

Teaching starts: 26 September 2022

 

You can view the University term dates here.

Where can I find more information about postgraduate careers and employability support?

You can read more in our 'How to Prepare for Post-study Work' guide

We encourage you to check our exclusive Aston vacancy portals for work opportunities:

GradConnect: https://globaljobs.aston.ac.uk/ Student Circus: https://aston.studentcircus.com/

 For further information or to book a virtual careers appointment, contact careers_postgrad@aston.ac.uk

Arriving at Aston University 

Travelling to the UK

View our pre-arrival guide for more information on travelling to Aston University from overseas.

What if I experience problems with immigration at the airport?

Call our Campus Safety team on (+44)121 359 2922. We’re available 24 hours to support you.

Accepting my offer and tuition fees

When do I need to pay my tuition fees?

If you have not yet accepted your place and paid your deposit, please do this straight away. The final deadline for international students to accept their place is 15 July, but we strongly recommend that you accept much earlier to give yourself enough time to apply for your visa. If you believe that your payment is likely to be late, or if you are having difficulty paying, please contact the Credit Control Team as soon as you can.  They will be able to discuss your situation and where possible agree on a payment plan with you. (Please provide as much detail as you can, including your full name and your Aston Student ID number - found in your offer letter). 

Visas

When can I get my CAS?

We aim to have CASs issued within 5 working days after your pre-CAS questionnaire is approved, so long as you have an unconditional offer and have paid your deposit or provided their financial guarantee letter.

If you have any questions specifically related to your Student Visa or your CAS, please visit our visa webpage or contact casqueries@aston.ac.uk and our expert visa team will be able to help you.

How long is a CAS valid for?

A CAS is valid for 6 months, so we need to have a good idea of when you are going to arrive in the UK before this is issued. 

If you have any questions specifically related to your Student Visa or your CAS, please visit our visa webpage or contact casqueries@aston.ac.uk and our expert visa team will be able to help you.

If I arrive in the UK with a student visa but I do not attend classes, will you take my visa away?

Once you are safely in the UK, you will be required to show you are actively engaging with your studies, as this is a requirement of your visa. 

If you have any questions specifically related to your Student Visa or your CAS, please visit our visa webpage or contact casqueries@aston.ac.uk and our expert visa team will be able to help you.

Do I need to apply for my BRP (residence permit)? How can I get my BRP when I arrive?

You will automatically be issued with a BRP (residence permit) when your visa application is approved, and as part of that application you will be asked where you would like to collect it. We will contact you when we have your BRP to arrange a time for you to collect it from a location on the Aston University campus.

Transiting through an EU/EEA airport

If you are planning to take an indirect flight to the UK, you need to check any transit visa requirements for the country that you plan to travel through. Following Brexit, some EU countries now require travellers to the UK to apply for a transit visa in order to transit at an airport in that country. 

Students will need to check the transit requirements on the visa regulations website of the country they intend to travel through. Some common transit countries are listed below:

We encourage all students to check this several weeks in advance before you travel, to ensure that you have any necessary visas. 

Accommodation

Where can I find out more about accommodation?

More information is available on our accommodation webpage.

Where can I buy bedding?

Unite Residence has a range of bedding and kitchen packs available to purchase and can be ready in your room when you arrive.

https://www.unitestudents.com/Products

If you are living off-campus, then you may be able to purchase similar packs from your accommodation provider or arrange for a package to be delivered from Amazon.

Student life

Student life

The Aston Students’ Union (SU) operates a variety of services to support your wellbeing and help you settle into university life, and will offer a mix of both virtual and on-campus activities during the academic year.

Earlier this year the SU set up a ‘virtual campus’ where students can connect and participate in a variety of online activities and events. Additionally, our Aston Auntie Scheme will partner you with a current student who can act as a friend to introduce you to life at Aston.  

Any questions?

Our enquiries team are available to help answer any questions you may have, please contact us at ask@aston.ac.uk (please make sure to provide your 9-digit student application ID number). If you use WeChat, you can contact us at 'Aston_University'.

If you have any questions specifically related to your Student Visa or your CAS, please contact casqueries@aston.ac.uk and our expert visa team will be able to help you.

You may also find it useful to talk to our team of current Aston University students who can share their experiences with you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Aston University community.

Current students

For current students of Aston University, we are publishing updates such as health advice on our health and wellbeing page.