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Arrival information for pre-sessional students

Where to go and what to do when you arrive at the University for your summer course.

Pre-sessional students arriving at their accommodation
Pre-sessional students arriving at their accommodation.

When to arrive

(As we adapt our service in line with the latest government guidance on COVID-19, this information is subject to change).

If you are a pre-sessional C student you can move into your accommodation from 5 July 2022.

If you are a pre-sessional D student you can move into your accommodation from 5 August 2022.

If you plan to arrive before these dates, email the Student Living team to see if you can move in early.

If you plan to arrive outside of the hours 9am to midnight email the Student Living team to let them know. When you arrive, call the Security team on 01225 385349 who can help you.

Where to go

For Pulteney Court or Thornbank Gardens:

When you arrive at Bath Spa railway station or bus station, walk a few minutes to The Virgil Building on Manvers Street to collect your key.

When you arrive

Our accommodation team will be waiting to greet you between 9am and midnight.

They will give you your keys, temporary access card and welcome pack.

After you collect your library card from the library, you must return your temporary access card to The Virgil Building.

Our staff will give directions to your accommodation and help you find it if needed.

After you move in

Once you have settled into your new accommodation, you need to attend your induction sessions.

Accommodation induction

This is a compulsory session held in the first few days after you arrive, part of your pre-sessional induction timetable.

Kitchen group talks

There are talks held in your kitchen from our accommodation team.

It’s important to attend these as they are specific to your accommodation. You’ll hear what do whilst living here and how to stay safe.

The times for your talk are advertised on your kitchen noticeboard.

Swapping rooms

If you want to swap bedrooms with another student, you must contact the Student Accommodation team on who can tell you if this is possible. You must not swap rooms without telling us you are doing so.

Staying visitors

One visitor can stay in your accommodation for a maximum of three nights. To arrange this, email with name of your guest and the dates of their stay.

If you have more than one visitor or they would like to stay longer, they can book into our guest accommodation, available from June to September.

Watch our pre-sessional student film:

What you need to know as a pre-sessional student starting at the University of Bath.