New students

Joining university can be daunting, exciting, and even a bit overwhelming. We’re a friendly community at Herts and we want to make the transition to university life as fun and easy as possible. We've put together lots of useful advice from a pre-arrival checklist to what to expect on your first week.

If you still have some questions and feel unsure, reach out to our teams on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or search for information on Ask Herts.

You can contact us directly for any questions left unanswered or refer to our FAQs for more information. Alternatively, you can chat with current students and staff.

Take a look at the list below to find out about the things you need to know and do before you start life as a Herts student. From setting up your student account, to knowing what to bring when you arrive, we have you covered!

If you still have some questions and feel unsure, reach out to our teams on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or search for information on Ask Herts.

Pre-arrival checklist

Before you arrive, make sure you're fully prepared. View our pre-arrival checklist. (PDF - 0.04 Mb)

Your first days and weeks at university will be full of fun and excitement. As well as getting to grips with your new course and, for some of you, moving away from home for the first time.

With everything going on it’s easy to forget some of the important stuff. So to make things as simple as possible, we’ve put together a couple of checklists to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Day one

You’ve just arrived on campus… what next?

Collect your UH wristband

Not to be confused with the Freshers’ wristband, wearing a UH wristband will show that you are a student until you have attended your registration session and collected your ID card. You might need to show your wristband on the Uno buses to get your student discount.

You can pick up a wristband from:

  • Key collection, if you are moving into halls
  • Overseas Student Orientation Programme (OSOP) welcome desk
  • The Student Centre (Hutton Hub)

Introduce yourself to others

New surroundings, new faces, new challenges – starting out at university can be a daunting prospect especially before you’ve made your new friends. So, take the leap and strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone while you explore campus. When exploring campus, remember to be mindful of new social distancing measures to keep you safe.

Week one

OK, your first full week on campus – where to start? Time to tick off all these important admin tasks to ensure you get off to the best start.

Now it's time to settle into life at Herts. Find out how to make the most of your time, and discover the services we offer to support you and help you succeed. From wellbeing services to our dedicated Ask Herts hubs, we're here to help ensure your journey with Herts is as exciting and stress free as possible.

If you have questions about any of our services, from where to eat on campus to how to find a work placement, a great place to start is our online resource  Ask Herts. Just type in your question to find the answer!