Two weeks to go

There's now only two weeks to go until you start your university experience at Keele. Make sure that you're up to date with everything that you need to do to prepare for starting university.

It can take a least a week from enrolment for your maintenance allowance from Student Finance to be paid into your bank account, and so you should make sure that you have enough money available to cover your living costs in the first week or so. For example, you may need money for food, travel, household goods and joining societies.

If you experience any issues with Student Finance and would like support, please get in touch with our Student Financial Support team at

For more information please visit our money and finance web pages for undergraduates and postgraduates.

International students

If you're an international student, we recommend that you arrange around £300 GBP in cash, or on an internationally-accepted ATM bank card.

Take a look back at the previous countdown pages to check that you haven't missed any steps along the way. For example, you won't be able to enrol until we have been able to check your ID.

Browse through the resources available online to help you with your transition to university. In the weeks leading up to starting university it's natural to feel a little nervous and unsure of what's to come, and so you may want to take part in our virtual events running before Welcome Week begins (all listed in the Keele App). If you're worried about something in particular, get in touch with the Sudent Services team who will be able to discuss this with you.

Finally, make sure that you have everything prepared to start university. If you'll be moving onto campus, make sure that you've arranged your transport and have a plan of how to transport your belongings.

In you’re an international student and will be living on campus, make sure you have completed all of the necessary steps before you travel to the UK.

And 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
  • British Sterling / Bank Card
  • Keele University Visa and Confirmation Checklist and/or Keele Offer Letter
  • Original qualification documents as listed on your Visa and Confirmation Checklist
  • Health certificates (if required)
  • Medication and an accompanying letter from your doctor (if required)

 Please remember that we are offering a support package for all new international students which includes free taxi pickup to campus - find out more about it here.