New Students

This means that you have been accepted for this course. 

Frequently asked questions about starting your course at Queen's

I have been accepted for admission to Queen's - what next?

You will receive formal confirmation of this decision through your UCAS Track account, and by way of an AS12 or AS12C letter from UCAS, and not direct from the University. You will be referred to a website in order to confirm whether or not you intend to take up your place. If you decline the offer, you should understand that you will not be permitted to negotiate with other institutions in the UCAS system. Where offers are declined, even in error, there is no guarantee of places being reinstated.

Applicants who are away from home in August may authorise someone to take the necessary action on their behalf.

Failure to respond to the AS12C and AS12 letters promptly will delay the despatch of your Welcome Guide.

Welcome Guides containing information about the Welcome Week programme and Enrolment and Registration will begin to be despatched from the end of August onwards, to those who have accepted an unconditional offer of a place.

The Welcome Guide will be sent to your home address so it is important that you notify both UCAS and the Admissions and Access Service of any change to your contact details.

Your Welcome Guide will contain your username (student number) and password. You will be able to use these to login to your new Queen’s email address. Please check on a regular basis as the University and your academic department will use this to send you crucial information that you need to know before arriving.

If you have submitted your AS12 reply but have not received your Welcome Pack by 9 September, please contact the Enrolment and Registration Helpdesk (028 9097 3223).

Remember that the Welcome Week starts on Monday 21 September 2015.

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When does the academic year start?

Teaching for students starting in 2015 will begin on Monday 28 September for all courses, except Nursing/Midwifery, Theology/Divinity and some of the Foundation Degrees available at the Regional Colleges. If you have been accepted to one of these courses you should contact the college you propose to study at regarding their starting date.

Although teaching begins on 28 September you should ensure that you are available during the preceding week (ie from Sunday 21 September) as this is when Welcome Week takes place. 

Welcome Week is a compulsory part of your timetable and all students are expected to attend. There are three elements to the week:

  • Enrolment and Registration - which must be completed to become a Queen’s student. (see below.) The online registration facility will open on Monday 14 September 2015. Your School will advise you of your scheduled date and time for your on-site registration. For students living in Elms Village, facilities may also be available during the weekend of 19 and 20 September.
  • School Induction Programme - where you will meet key staff within your School, learn more about your course and have opportunities to meet other students on your course 
  • Central University Programme - Following feedback from students in 2014, who asked for earlier opportunities to engage with the University, this will now also include additional activities. These will take place, during August and September, prior to the traditional Welcome Week, which will run this year from Monday 21 September and is preceded by an event for parents of new students, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor on Sunday 20 September.

Welcome Week (21-25 September) is a compulsory part of your timetable and all students are required to attend, so please ensure that you are available for Welcome Week. During this week, some Schools will start their lecture programmes or run courses, which it is essential for students to undertake.

Your School (which is the name the University gives to your academic department) is responsible for your degree programme. Each School organises an induction programme with activities to help you get to know other students on your course, introduce you to some of the staff from your School, and learn more about your course and the facilities of the University. As part of your School induction programme, you will meet your personal tutor (adviser) and other academic members of staff who will assist you with module selection. Details of the programme and appointments with academic staff will be sent to your Queen’s email address (details on how to access your Queen’s email account will be included in your Welcome Guide – as mentioned above).

The central University Welcome and Induction programme complements your School induction programme and provides you with the opportunity to gain more information on the range of services offered by both the University and the Students’ Union, including details about sports services, clubs and societies, student support and much more. Our programme includes a number of events led by Student Guides – senior students – who can answer your questions, give you useful tips and share their own experiences of university life with you. A very important part of this central University programme is the Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome Address to new students which will be held on Monday 21 September in the Whitla Hall.

Full details (including links to our Facebook pages) will be available on the Welcome Week website at Please make sure you visit the website and check your Queen’s email regularly to stay in touch with what’s on.

Information about the ‘early’ events, including our ‘speed friending’ days and campus tours will also be published on this website – keep checking it after A-level results day.

It is not until you have completed the full registration process that you will be a fully enrolled student of Queen’s and entitled to use the wide range of services and facilities.

Registration consists of:

  • completing all 10 steps of the online Registration Wizard
  • agreeing payment of tuition fees
  • ID, Visa and qualification verification
  • getting your student card 

If registration is not fully completed by the end of the fourth week of term, you will be withdrawn from the University. If you wish to re-register and are permitted to do so, a re-registration fee of £50 will be charged.

In order to complete your registration at Queen’s and be fully enrolled, you must bring with you:

  • A valid, original passport, EU National Identity card, or driving licence. No other form of identification will be accepted;
  • If you are an international student you will be required to provide your passport and visa information. The University is legally required to retain a copy of your immigration documents and ATAS certificates.
  • Original documentary evidence of entrance qualifications (except where these are provided by UCAS) and a certified English translation, where applicable;
  • Any financial notification letters received from your Education and Library Board, the Student Loans Company, a sponsor letter or payment.

With the exception of Nursing and Midwifery students (please see below), the Registration Wizard will be live from 10.00am on Monday 14 September. Your username and password will allow you to go online to check emails and start your registration before you arrive at the University. The Registration Wizard leads you through the required steps, but a Registration Wizard Guide is available online and details will be provided in your Welcome Guide.

For Nursing and Midwifery students only, the Registration Wizard will be live from 10.00am on Thursday 3 September and, in advance of this, you will receive details about your enrolment and registration from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Please note that this normally takes place during the week beginning 7 September.

Depending on your programme of study, you may be allowed to choose your modules, when using the Registration Wizard. Please note that this differs vastly between programmes and Schools. You must check your Queen’s email on an ongoing basis, following receipt, to find out what is required regarding enrolment.

Information will also be available on the Welcome Week website at

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When will I hear about university accommodation?

Information about student accommodation at Queen’s and how to apply is available at The Accommodation website is designed to guide you through your options for living in Belfast, when at Queen’s and to make sure you know what you need to do in order to arrange your accommodation. You should apply online for your accommodation at

Accommodation will be available from from 19 September 2015 for a 38-week contract, or 12 September for a 39-week contact, most suitable if you are arriving early or if you are an international student attending the International Students' Welcome and Orientation Programme. You should read the Allocation Policy on the Accommodation website, noting in particular relevant closing dates. We would highlight that, for students from Northern Ireland, the closing date for applications is 1 August 2015.

Any queries about accommodation should be addressed to:

Accommodation and Hospitality
Elms Village Reception Office
78 Malone Road
Tel: 028 9097 4425
Fax: 028 9097 4524

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When do I choose my modules?

Depending on your programme of study you may be allowed to choose your courses before Welcome Week. Please note that this differs vastly between programmes and Schools. You must check your Queen’s email on an ongoing basis, from receipt, to find out what is required regarding course enrolment.

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