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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Induction week checklist

Important things to do during Induction week!


1 Complete Enrolment

Make sure you have completed enrolment.

You can do this online before you arrive, but if you haven't already done this, click here for full information.



2 Verify your identity with your College, collect your campus card and get online

If you successfully uploaded a photo and completed the enrolment process your college or department will have a campus card waiting for you. If you weren’t able to do so, your college or department will give you a stamped and signed verification slip and you’ll need to attend one of our Campus Card Road-shows where we’ll take your photograph and issue your card.

Use your username and password to connect to ‘DU Student’ - the dedicated WiFi network for students. Find out how to get connected. If you have any problems getting connected, your College’s Freshers’ Rep will be able to help, or you can book an appointment at one of our ‘Get Online’ surgeries.



3 Are you an International student?

If you are an international student who holds a Tier 2, 4 or 5 visa, complete your passport and visa checking and collect your Bio-Metric Residence Card



4 Get to know everyone!

Attend the Induction sessions in your department to meet the staff and your fellow students. Use your Online Planner to find out about your departmental events and activities.



5 Complete module registration for your programme

You may need to consult your Department to make your module choices and have them registered by Tuesday 3 October.

See the Module Registration webpage for further information.



6 Get involved with your College

Your College delivers essential information and advice on student life, offers many opportunities to get involved and has put together a fun social calendar for the week to help you meet new people and feel at home.

Use the Online Planner to find out about key talks, events and activities taking place at your College.

‘FREPs’ Freshers Reps are on hand to guide you throughout Induction Week and help you settle in.



7 Attend your Matriculation ceremony in the Cathedral on Wednesday 3 October.

Have a look at matriculation timetables here.

Matriculation ceremonies welcome all new students and mark your formal entry to Durham University.

Join the rest of your college to attend this traditional occasion held in Durham's stunning Cathedral. Welcome to Durham!



8 Visit the Freshers Fairs

Tuesday 2 October, 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday 3 October, 10am - 5pm
Venues - Durham SU and Elvet Riverside
Find out more about sport, music, drama, volunteering and the huge range of student clubs and societies on offer here at Durham. Join in, join up!

With over 500 teams across 18 different sports, 50 community projects to volunteer with, and a choice of 250 clubs and societies to join, plus the largest student theatre organisation in the country, you're sure to find something that appeals to you!



9 Complete the Transitions into HE induction course online

Transitions into HE is a short induction course in DUO (Durham University online), which includes video interviews with Durham students and staff, interactive exercises, self-assessment tools and a discussion board, all designed to help you settle in to academic life.



10 Register with a GP and ensure your immunisations are up to date

We take the health and wellbeing of all our students very seriously.

For this reason we encourage you to register with a local doctor whilst you are resident at the University, also to check your vaccinations are up to date.

Visit the Essential Medical webpages for full information.



11 Electoral Registration

Don’t miss out on having your say! Remember to register to vote.

Registering to vote as a student is easy, simply visit here for full information.



Don't forget - Share your experiences

USe the #DUmakeithappen and take part in the #DurhamDays photo-challenge! Share your photos with #DurhamDays from Wednesday 26 September - Sunday 7 October for your chance to win a £25 voucher!