Welcome to ARU

We're really looking forward to you joining us, and we hope you enjoy your time here. Take a look around these pages and start preparing for your time at ARU.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week starts on Monday 14 September, and during this week you'll receive all the essential course information you need and get the chance to start making friends and preparing for university life.


What's happening?

All the main elements of your induction will take place online, so whether you’ve chosen to study on-campus or online, you’ll receive all of the information you need to get started. If you’ve chosen to study on-campus, there will be extra activities taking place, so you can meet staff and other students in person.

Regardless of how you choose to study, you can expect the following activities:

  • School and Course introduction. You'll meet other students and your Course Leader and get involved in activities including a social event run by your faculty.
  • Meet your Personal Development Tutor and other staff in your faculty.
  • Join a ‘Student Life’ session where you’ll have the opportunity to ask current students questions, learn from their experiences, and find out where to go for help throughout your time at ARU.
  • Introduction from the ARU Students’ union about clubs and societies, as well as other opportunities and experiences outside your course.
  • Join a campus tour, so that you can get to know your campus and the city.
  • Get involved with on campus and online events. Take a look at the ARU App to book to attend. 

Buddy up

If you’re studying on an Undergraduate course, your Welcome Buddy will be in contact with you before you start at ARU, regardless of whether you’ve chosen to study on-campus or online.

Our Buddies are current ARU students who can share their experiences, and let you know about all there is to get involved with on campus and around the area. Where possible, your Buddy will be a student already studying on your course or a similar area of study.

Our Buddies were just the same as you when they started. They were just as excited and nervous. They’ll be there to answer questions and help you settle in. You’ll keep in touch with your buddy through online chat and you’ll meet them face to face too, either in a video call or on campus in person (depending on how you’ve both chosen to study).

Students' Union

Find out what's happening by visiting the ARU Students' Union pages.