Before you arrive

Whether you’ve just accepted an offer from Herts or are coming back to carry on with your programme, work through our checklist of everything you need to do before you arrive. If you still have some questions, reach out to our teams on Instagram, or search for information on Ask Herts.

Travel to Herts

If you're an international student and planning to fly to Heathrow airport, our teams have organised a free collection service on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January, so you can arrive in time for welcome activities and course induction sessions. There is limited space available on Sunday 22 January, so make sure you register your interest as soon as possible.

If you're arriving after this date, you can find information on how to travel to the University on  Ask Herts.

And if you need a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) we suggest you use ACL 2HE462 so you can collect the permit when you attend your registration appointment on campus.

Set up your University account

Your University account gives you access to all our systems and resources including StudyNet and Canvas which you need for your programme. Keep an eye on your inbox - you will receive an email from our team asking you to set up your account.

Get registered

Got your University account? Your next step is to complete registration which all students need to do every year to get full access to their programme. If you’re waiting on your student loan, make sure to complete registration as quickly as you can to avoid any delays.

For new students, your registration portal includes personalised information about your programme including your start date, what to expect for your first week, and anything you might need to do before you join us. Keep an eye on your emails - you will get your invitation a few weeks before your programme starts.

If you're an international student, you'll be able to pick up your ID card when you attend your registration appointment to provide your identity documents. For home students, you'll be able to collect your ID card from one of our Ask Herts Hubs in Hutton Hub, College Lane or at de Havilland campus.

Decide where to live

Many of our students commute to campus, but for some on-campus accommodation is a great chance to live with new people. There's accommodation at College Lane and de Havilland campuses, which is ideal for access to facilities. You’ll also have all your utility bills included in your rent, the option to stroll into campus whenever you need to and 24/7 support from our security team, student support officers and resident assistants.

Or if you think off-campus might suit you better, make sure you choose a PAL accredited landlord. Make sure you budget carefully as renting off-campus in the local area to the University could cost around £500 per month (room in a house share).

Manage your money

If you’re applying for student finance, make sure you’ve completed your paperwork early. There’s also lots of information on the Student Finance England website. Not sure when to pay your fees? Find out on our Ask Herts page.

Budgeting and managing your money can be daunting, but you can log into Blackbullion money advice pages using your uni details for help on planning your student finances including access financial help as well as tips on managing your money throughout uni.

Studying at Herts

Starting University may be a bit different to what you’re used to. You’ve decided what you want to study and now is your opportunity to explore that in and outside of the classroom. Discover what to expect through our Get Studying page and our free online Getting Ready to Study at Herts course.

Get vaccinated

To get the most out of your time at uni, we encourage Herts students to have had their COVID-19 vaccinations, the vaccine against meningitis, MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella), and the flu jab if you are eligible. This is important since you'll be mixing with lots of new people and often this can result in picking up illnesses.

If you’re an international student, you will be able to register with a UK GP when you arrive and book for vaccinations if you haven’t been able to do so in your home country. You can also register with our medical centre if you live in the Hatfield area.

Still got questions?

There’s a lot to take in but our frequently asked questions will help answer any other questions.