Studying at university in 2021/22: FAQs

On this page, you'll find information about studying at ARU, accessing classrooms, libraries and other campus facilities, and making use of our student support services.

Our first priority is to keep you safe, and to make sure you're supported to start (or continue) your studies.

Student experience

Will I have to be vaccinated to study at university?

What steps will be taken to keep me safe on campus?

What happens if there is another lockdown in future?

What will ARU do to ensure students feel part of a learning community?

Will the Students' Union be open?

I'm a level 3 student. Are there any specific requirements that affect me?

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Teaching and learning

If I've chosen face-to-face teaching, will I have to be on campus every day?

If everyone chooses face-to-face teaching, how will you ensure social-distancing is possible?

If I miss a face-to-face teaching session, can I join the online teaching instead?

If I chose face-to-face teaching, can I change my mind and learn online?

If I chose online learning, can I change my mind and join face-to-face teaching?

How will you ensure that online students get the same value for money?

If I can only attend my course online, will it be equivalent to being there in person?

What opportunities will I have to collaborate and learn alongside my peers?

What software can I use if I'm studying off-campus?

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Assessments

How will assessment deadlines be affected? How about resits?

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Learning resources and contact time

How can the University support me if I'm studying from home?

What kind of IT/computer equipment will I need to learn online?

What if I do not have access to the equipment I need at home?

Can I use the library and the computer rooms when I am not in timetabled sessions?

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General advice and support

How can I access advice and support from Student Services?

Is the iCentre open?

What support is available for financial hardship?

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Health and wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing Hub has details of all the resources available to you.

If I feel I need additional support for my mental health, is there a service available to support me?

Will you have a sports programme?

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Study skills

Is the Study Skills service available?

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Disability and dyslexia support

Our Disability and Dyslexia Support Service offers information, advice and specialist support to students with disabilities.

I have a health condition/physical disability. What Covid-19 arrangements are in place for me?

I am unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition/disability. Can I study on campus?

How can the Disability and Dyslexia Service support me?

I have a diagnosed disability/specific learning difference, but I cannot get evidence at the moment. What should I do?

I think I have dyslexia. What should I do?

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Accommodation

I’m unsure about University accommodation. Will it be safe?

What accommodation choices will I have?

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Travelling to campus

Can I still commute to university, or move into accommodation?

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Work experience and placements

How can I get help finding a graduate job, work experience or some careers advice?

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Studying abroad

I wanted to study abroad as part of my course. What are my options for this now?

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Advice for current EU and international students

This information is for you if you are already a student at ARU, and will be continuing your studies in September 2021.

If you would like to discuss any of the information below, please contact our International Office.

Letter from Minister of State for Universities to international students, 11 August 2021


I am overseas and have a Tier 4/student visa. Can I still study online in Trimester 1 (September 2021)?

I am overseas and have a Tier 4/student visa, but my course is only available by face to face delivery in Trimester 1. What do I do?

Can I continue to study online if I don't have a student visa?

Do I need to quarantine and take more COVID tests on arrival in the UK?

Do I need to be fully vaccinated before I travel to the UK?

Are international students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Do international students need to be registered with a GP/doctor to get a vaccination?

I would like to register with a doctor (GP) in the UK. Is it too late?

I have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad. Can I get my second vaccination in the UK?

I have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England. What should I do?

I have been fully vaccinated. Do I need to bring any evidence?

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Advice for new EU and international students

If you are a new student starting a course at ARU in September 2021, this information is for you.

The Minister of State for Universities has also published a letter to international students, which gives an overview of arrangements if you are travelling to the UK:

Letter from Minister of State for Universities to international students, 11 August 2021


Can I come to the UK and start my course on campus (face to face) in September 2021?

Do I have to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

Will ARU help with quarantine costs?

Is there quarantine support available in ARU accommodation?

Do I need to be fully vaccinated before I travel to the UK?

Are international students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Do international students need to be registered with a GP/doctor to get a vaccination?

How can I register with a doctor (GP) in the UK?

I have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad. Can I get my second vaccination in the UK?

I have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England. What should I do?

I have been fully vaccinated. Do I need to bring any evidence?

Can I start my course online only and then travel to the UK later in Trimester 1 (September–December 2021)?

Can I choose to study all of Trimester 1 online only, then travel to the UK for Trimester 2 (starting in January 2022)?

Will I still be eligible for the Graduate Scheme if I start my studies online?