One week to go

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to our University and hope that you're excited to start your Keele experience. There are just a few things left to do before you begin...

Then, once you're with us, make the most of all the opportunities available to you as a Keele student!

Get to know the campus and local area before you get here! Find out more.  

Most of our facilities are clustered at Union Square (centre of campus) to make it easy. 

You can also explore our beautiful campus or the local area! There are lots of ways you can enjoy Keele, such as through walking/running routes, and our Sports Centre has lots to offer too. 

Is this the first time you’ll be managing your own money? Try to see it as a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with budgeting in a supportive community where lots of others are in the same boat (and our Financial Support Team are here for you too). As a soon-to-be Keele student, you have access to Blackbullion's Money-Ready tools to help you manage your money effectively from day one. This includes a budget calculator to ensure you don't run short of money. 

Create your free Blackbullion account here and browse the resources to get money ready.  

Please make sure that you've completed your online induction module on the Keele Learning Environment. 

You can find more information on our induction module web page

If you'll be living on campus, please ensure that you've completed your online accommodation induction. This is a very important step and will explain important information about living on campus. 

You should make sure that you have your accommodation key collection pass ready (which will become available once you've completed your online accommodation induction) and that you've booked your arrival slot. 

If you'll be living off campus, make sure that you've discussed your plans for moving into your off-campus accommodation with your private student accommodation or your private landlord. 

Your Keele Card is your Student ID, which you can use to enter buildings on campus, get student discount, gain entry to the Students' Union and Campus Library, top up with money to spend on campus and much more! 

You'll need to know how to collect it when you arrive... 

If you're living on campus: 

  • Arriving from the UK: you will get your Keele Card with your accommodation keys.
  • Arriving from outside the UK: you will get your Keele Card on completion of any immigration checks that are required. International students who require a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), please also read the section below.

If you're living off campus:

  • Arriving from the UK:
  • Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September, 10am to 4pm
    Collect from the open learning space in Chancellor's Building by booked appointment. You will be sent an email nearer the time with instructions on how to book your collection slot.

  • Monday 23 September to Wednesday 2 October, 10am-4pm
    Collect from the pop-up enquiry point in the open learning space in Chancellor's Building by booked appointment. You will be sent an email nearer the time with instructions on how to book your collection slot.

  • From Thursday 3 October
    Collect from the Library. Please allow two working days following the upload of your photograph for IT to produce your Keele Card.

  • Arriving from outside the UK: you will get your Keele Card on completion of any immigration checks that are required. International students who require a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), please also read the section below.

For International students who require a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP): If you have selected Keele University as your BRP collection location, you will receive your Keele Card at the same time you collect your BRP from our Immigration Compliance and Advice team (ICA). Please be sure to use Keele University’s Alternative Collection Location code (ACL): 2HE542 during your visa application to enable convenient collection of your BRP from campus. If your BRP is delivered to a Post Office, you should collect it before you complete your immigration checks with ICA. You will still receive your Keele Card from the ICA team once you have presented your BRP. You will receive an email after you have arrived in the UK to inform you of the process. 

Find out more about your Keele Card. 

You may have some questions or worries before starting your course, which is why we have a range of pre-arrival resources available.

 

If you’re an international student, please make sure you have completed all the necessary steps before you travel to the UK.

Remember to place the following items into your hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Visa and home office decision letter (if required)
  • Travel documents (flight tickets if you need to print them)
  • Evidence of your finances
  • Cash in British pound sterling / internationally accepted bank card - please note that it can take some time for your new UK bank account to become operational.
  • Keele University CAS statement  and/or Keele Offer Letter
  • Original qualification documents as listed on your CAS statement
  • Accommodation Boarding Pass so you can collect your on-campus room key (if you'll be living on campus)
  • Health certificates (if required)
  • Medication and an accompanying letter from your doctor (if required)

 Please remember that we are offering a free airport transfer Meet & Greet service to campus - find out more about it here

Your first week and beyond...

  • Attend lots of events! 
  • Connect to Eduroam, our campus WiFi network 
  • Make the most of your academic life here at Keele
  • It’s never too early to think about your career: why not chat with Careers and Employability and join our e-mentoring platform Keele Connect
  • If you’re in halls: Register your games console or smart TV devices on our Magnet WiFi network 
  • If you’re in halls: Meet your Resident Adviser and complete your Flatmate Agreement with your new housemates 

What's next? Find out more about your opportunities as an undergraduate or postgraduate! 


Make sure you have downloaded the Keele App onto your device, or are accessing it regularly via a web browser - just go to app.keele.ac.uk - to view events taking place on campus.