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Pre-departure guide for stuents starting at Brunel University in September 2013

Pre-departure guide for stuents starting at Brunel University in September 2013

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  • Please feel free to write in your questions and I will try my best to answer all of these at the end of the presentation.
  • Fill in your personal details onto E vision
  • Address, where you live? How will you pay? Or if a sponsor has paid?
  • If you haven't confirmed your accommodation please do ASAP. Ensure you read your tenancy agreement very clearly.
  • If you plan to arrive out of office or weekends you must make arrangements with accommodation. Otherwise go to the security office. Your room will be covered by insurance but your laptop/phone is not covered.
  • Point out the campus map, red zone, Zone F is where the accommodation office is based. You will either need to go to the isambard complex which Is based on Zone A or the bishops complex which is based in Zone F. which you see marked at the top of the map.
  • Lots of events and fun activities for you to take part in. great chance for you to make friends and get to know the campus before all of the other students arrive. Free for international students, £100 for EU students. There will also be a team of friendly student helpers there to assist you all the way. You will recognise them as they will be wearing bright red t shirts. There to help with anything you might need.
  • Lots of great quotes and positive feedback from students that have attended the orientation in the past. It really is a great place to make friends and I highly recommend it to all.
  • Lots to look forward to, we have an induction week where you can find all the latest information the website. We have fun events planned like Halloween parties, Christmas parties, international world week and International food fair. You can even run some events and country nights if that appeals to you. Fresher's week is lots of fun, hundreds of things for you to get involved in like the fresher's fair which gives you a chance to sign up to lots of societies and clubs. We also have the 6 degrees society which is the international society that you can sign up to as we are looking for new members. You may want to be the president or social sectary.
  • Important to have a balance of studying and having fun, also if you establish global friendships – this can also be a future holiday destination.
  • Lots to come in the next few weeks, look out on the website for the general student arrival guide and things coming up in the next few weeks. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.


  • 1. Pre-Departure Webinar 2013 WELCOME!
  • 2. Welcome to Brunel – your campus!
  • 3. Pre-departure Briefing 2013 Aims of the session • Preparing for life in the UK – What to bring • Arriving in the UK – The first few weeks and Fresher's Week • Our free International Student Orientation Programme • The Airport Welcome Scheme • Life on campus and what to expect • Making friends and social activities and events
  • 4. Checklist – before you depart • Book your flights – as early as possible • Book your airport meeting service (10th, 11th and 15th September , 7am – 7pm only) – online at brunel/unconditional-offer/orientation • Complete your E vision online task • Check your accommodation arrangements & arrival address – Let the Accommodation know when you are planning to arrive • Decide method of payment for tuition fees and accommodation • Leave photocopies of important documents details/copies with family/friends • Make sure you see • 3 – week Academic English course
  • 5. E Vision – online task (ANEW)
  • 6. Hand Luggage • Valid Passport, with visa – should be TIER 4 with Brunel University as the sponsor • Official CAS/Offer letter from University, Original documents to prove financial support for tuition fees and maintenance • Originals of important documents (e.g. travel insurance) • Health certificate/check-up/X Ray –highly recommended but not compulsory • Details of your destination - address/telephone number • Note rules regarding liquid and gels and fish/ meat products • Proof of purchase for IT equipment • British Currency (approx. £600) • Spare passport-size photographs
  • 7. Main Luggage • Photocopies of important documents • Some warm clothing & comfortable shoes • Things to remind you of home • Sharp objects (e.g. scissors, razorblades) in suitcase, not hand luggage • National/traditional dress for social events • Be careful of weight limits on baggage – some airlines are getting strict on this but some will give higher weight limits to students eg MAS. • Other essential items – eg rice cooker, etc. can be bought in the UK
  • 8. Arriving at Brunel • By plane – make sure London Heathrow is your final destination (only 5 miles from Brunel) - from Heathrow you can take the following to the University: By Taxis (roughly £30-35) By Bus (U3 bus - £2.40 or £1.20 pence with Oyster card) We have an airport meeting service on specific days in September
  • 9. Arriving at Brunel • By train – from the central London train stations you can take the Piccadilly or Metropolitan Underground to Uxbridge Tube Station (20 mins walk away or short taxi ride). • By National Express coach – Some National Coaches will stop at Hillingdon Tube station which is a short taxi ride to Brunel.
  • 10. Accommodation • Please confirm your accommodation and pay the deposit as soon as possible. • If you arrive between 9 am – 5 pm on a weekday – go to either Bishop Reception or Isambard Reception for your keys (stated on your tenancy)
  • 11. Accommodation • If you plan arrive after normal office hours – make arrangements with accommodation office for after hours access. • We have extended opening hours for this on some days and you may still be able to collect your keys from the relevant Residence Office. Otherwise you will be asked to go to the Security office at the Wilfred Brown Building for your key. Be sure to confirm these arrangements as keys will only be available by prior arrangement. • Things you need for accommodation: - towels, bedding/linen (if you do not wish to use the ones provided by the university), TV license, kitchen stuff (cutlery, cooking utensils etc), insurance and an alarm clock!
  • 12. Orientation • Three day orientation programme from the 12th – 14th September. • Programme is free except for accommodation. • Range of activities – talks and briefings, opportunities to make friends, acclimatise and have fun, early enrolment/registration and trip to the countryside. • Additional assistance from student ambassadors. ng-to-brunel/unconditional- offer/orientation
  • 13. Orientation “The orientation program was really fun! It enabled me to make loads of friends before the beginning of uni! The activities organised were really good as well” “The International Orientation Programme was very helpful and enjoyable. It gave us an insight of the atmosphere prevailing within the Brunel's community” “Furthermore most of the activities undeniably allowed us - International Students - to interact with each other and eventually make lots of friends worldwide. Besides, many students generally face lots of difficulties to live their first few days abroad. I honestly never felt that I have missed something since my days here. I came across students with different cultures, traditions and lifestyles. The orientation was well organised and made us feel more at ease in our daily lives here” “It is a great and useful week for all new students to have. We learnt a lot and had fun!:D”
  • 14. Life on campus • The Union of Brunel Students – Fresher's Week and Fresher's Fayre – Clubs and Society – British Students • Six Degrees – international student society – get involved! • Brunel International Events – Day Trips – Social Events – Language Café – Much, much more • Read our student blogs
  • 15. Final Thoughts • Learn to be independent • Learn from your experiences • Balance between study and other commitments • Establish global friendships that last • Make the most of your time at Brunel and enjoy yourself!
  • 16. For more in-depth pre-arrival information, have a look at our online pre-arrival guide which will be on our website soon! Also see You can also email us:
  • 17. Thank you – Questions?