Life on campus
On this page you'll find lots of tips to help you settle into university life. From what to do in your first week to the support and wellbeing services we offer. Get ready for your next step by exploring the resources below.
What to do in your first week
- Ensure you have completed your final registration steps
- Check your timetable
- Familiarise yourself with the online service AskHerts to help with queries
- Make sure you know where your classes are - download the Herts Mobile app for an interactive map and wayfinding
- Understand your bills - read up on council tax exemption
- Look into setting up a bank account
- Register yourself at a medical centre - those living on campus, or off-campus but within the local area, can sign up to our on campus medical centre
- Collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) - if you have set your BRP to be delivered to campus, you will be able to collect this during your Face-to-face Registration appointment if it is ready.
- Get a UK sim card for your phone
- Find out more about the Sports Teams at the University via the Athletic Union (Herts Squad)
- Check out the Students' Union to find out about joining societies
- If you are living on campus, then check in to your new room; if you have any queries with your accommodation email the Accommodation team.
Download a PDF copy of the maps (PDF - 0.66 Mb) of our campuses that you print out and bring with you on your travels.
College Lane is home to our science and creative arts subject areas. The following Schools of Study are located on this campus: School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, School of Life and Medical Science (except Sport), School of Health and Social Work, and School of Creative Arts.
In addition, this is home to many of our student services, as well as our International Foundation College HIC.
1. Film, Music and Media Building
2. Fashion Teaching Building
3. Main Reception
4. Ask Herts Hub (Innovation)
5. Engineering Department
6. Science Building
7. LRC (Library)
8. Hertfordshire International College (HIC)
9. Wright Building
10. Hutton Hub including Ask Herts Hub (Hutton)
11. Hertfordshire Students' Union
12. The Oval Accommodation Hub and 24/7 Gym
13. Elehouse: Bar and Grill
14. Multi-Faith Space (The Key)
15. Entertainments Complex including Starbucks, Subway and Restaurant
de Havilland is home to four academic Schools of Study: Business, Law, Education and Humanities. Here you’ll also find our extensive Sports Village and our main performing arts venue; the Weston Auditorium. Programmes in Sports and Sport Science are also taught on the de Havilland Campus.
1. Law Building
2. Enterprise Hub
3. LRC (Library)
5. Weston Auditorium
6. de Havilland Restaurant
7. Multi-Faith Space
8. Main Teaching Building including Ask Herts Hub (de Havilland)
9. 25 Metre Swimming Centre
10. Hertfordshire Sports Village
11. Sport Science Building
Take a look around
Moving to a new university can be a daunting process however, we're not as big as you might think. Once you get a feel for the campus you'll find your way around quite easily. Here's some of our facilities that you might use during your studies.
COVID-19 Safety measures on campus
The safety of our community is of the utmost importance, and our priority is to provide a ‘COVID-secure’ working and learning environment for staff and students. Measures have been implemented throughout the University to help you easily and safely navigate campus and to ensure a COVID secure learning environment.
Some of the measures implemented are;
- enhanced cleaning regimes across all university buildings
- additional advice on hand-washing
- a support service if you feel worried
Both our campuses, College Lane and de Havilland, are open for teaching and socialising. Restrictions have been lifted in the UK and you no longer need to wear a face covering indoors, however some staff and students may choose to continue wearing them for their own comfort. It is expected that staff and students will respect the decisions made by members of our community to protect themselves and each other.
At the University of Hertfordshire we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services, from childcare to counselling, ensuring that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.
Find out how the student wellbeing service can help you by watching the film below. Plus, explore other support like our Academic English and Study Skills workshops in the dropdowns. Every step off the way, we're here for you.
Events on campus
Be sure to check out the events calendar to keep up to date on the activities happening on campus!
Orientation and freshers
To help you settle into life at the University, we run a free Orientation week hosted by the Dean of Students Team. The Orientation week for January 2023 starts on Monday 23rd January and will run alongside Start of Term week with activities scheduled across the week to allow you to get involved around your classes.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to start making friends, learn your way around the local area and settle into life in the UK.
The timetable of events will be available online and will be visible in the events calendar.
You can also email the team at email@example.com if you need support during your time at University.
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