Welcome

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

During Welcome 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?

Your induction will take place online and in person, so whether you’ve chosen to study on-campus or online, you’ll receive all of the information you need to get started including:

  • School and Course introduction. You'll meet other students and your Course Leader
  • meeting staff in your Faculty and having the Personal Development Tutor system explained to you
  • 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.

There will be activities on campus throughout the week including our Freshers' Fairs so come on to campus and join in if you can. Look at the ARU App and Students’ Union website to find out what’s on when you arrive.

Take a look at the Your first day page to find out when your course induction is taking place.

Buddy up

If you’re joining us as a new undergraduate student or a new ARU College student, 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).