You've accepted your place at ARU: what next?
On this page, you'll find information about day-to-day matters such as:
Not sure how you'll manage your money while studying? That's understandable. This may be the first time you'll be responsible for buying food or paying bills; you might have caring responsibilities or be a care-leaver. Our Money Advice Service can give you confidential advice on:
Drop in to one of our advice sessions (10am–12 noon weekdays), or book an appointment if you need more time. You don't need to be studying here to access our Money Advice Service, you can come along before you start your course.
Call: 01245 686700
Look into all the high street banks and find out which one offers the best rates and incentives for a student bank account. Make sure you’ve opened your account before you apply for your student loan.
Go to our student finance section for more information about loans and grants. Log in to gov.uk/studentfinance from February of the year that you’ll be starting university to apply for financial support.
Once you’ve confirmed your accommodation and you know what your rent will be, it’s a good time to look at your loan and how best to budget to cover your living expenses. Our Student Money Advice Service can help you with this: call 01245 686700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’ve worked out how best to manage your money, make sure you set enough aside to cover the cost of any materials required for your course. You can order books, art materials, computing equipment and more online, through John Smith's.
If you're living in university accommodation, there'll be items you’ll need to bring with you that aren’t included in your rent – such as bedding and kitchen utensils. There's a full list on our website. You’ll also need a TV licence if you’re planning to have a television in your room.
Make sure you have insurance for your personal possessions. It means you’ll be covered in the event of loss or theft of expensive items such as laptops, smartphones or musical instruments.
If you're living in university accommodation that we manage your possessions will be covered up to £5,000. There's more information on our accommodation pages.
You may be able to register with a local GP before you move to university but if not, try to do so as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you’re ill! See our page Staying safe and healthy for more information about registering with a GP, and the meningitis jab for new students.
You may want to get a part-time job while you study. We suggest registering with our Employment Bureau: they’re based on campus and can help you find work that fits around your studies.
Our Welcome pages are bursting with information for new students.
There are maps to help you find your way around, and information on Welcome events and activities throughout the semester designed to help you when you're likely to need it. You'll also find our Student Charter which explains what you can expect of us, but also what we expect of you while you study here.
You’ll receive details of how to register in your Welcome email from our Admissions Office once you've met the terms of your offer. You’ll need to register in order to become a student so that you can attend lectures and seminars, receive tuition, sit exams, and access library facilities and other services.
You’ll find a checklist of things you need to do before you arrive, and more information about registration on our Welcome pages.
If you’re moving into our university-managed accommodation you'll need to pre-book your arrival slot. Find out more on our accommodation pages.