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GETTING SET UP CHECKLIST WELCOME TO UEA Contact friends/family to let UEA is a great place to study and we 3 them know you have are confident that you will love your arrived safely It is strongly recommended time here. We also know that you will that you attend the information Move in/sign have lots of questions when you arrive and welcome talks. See the accommodation licence and will want to settle into life in the Orientation and Welcome Collect your BRP (if applicable) UK as quickly as possible. In this guide programme for times and dates. Register with your School of you will find the answers to lots of the Study: questions you might have as well as – collect your Student Card useful information to help you in your – scan your passport/visa first few days. – arrange Police Registration (if applicable). Find out where your local shops are to purchase your essentials (food, bedding, and kitchenware) INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION pages 12 – 13 AND WELCOME WEEK Visit the ‘Pots and Pans’ sale to pick up any kitchen equipment The International Orientation and Welcome you need page 13 programme features an exciting mix of activities, talks and events to help you settle in The International Orientation Attend the information talks to life in the UK and prepare you for your first and Welcome week is a great during Orientation few weeks at UEA. opportunity to find out more Take part in ‘Orientation and about life at UEA and to To find the full programme of events and more meet other international and Welcome Week’ social activities information to help you for a successful start returning students… Take a campus tour download our UEA International Orientation App on your smartphone or tablet (available Register with the doctor* page 7 from your app store on your device). Open a UK bank account* page 4 The App can be also used online on your Set up mobile phone (if needed) computer, as well as the programme of – free sim cards are available page 5 events, both from the UEA portal under new Find out about Support international students. for International Students, The passphrase to access the App is “ISAT17”. UEAFriends and English language pages 8 – 9 Attend your school induction programme The App is funded by the UEA Alumni Fund. *If you are studying at UEA for less than six months, you may not be able to complete these tasks.
GETTING SET UP OPENING A UK BANK ACCOUNT TV LICENCE AND COUNCIL TAX Opening a UK bank account is a great way to Barclays has a bank on campus and If you watch or record live TV, or you watch any 5 manage your money more effectively and will offers two types of accounts for programme on the BBC ‘iPlayer’ in the UK you will allow you to avoid the fees that many banks international students. Staff will be need a valid TV licence whether you are watching charge their customers for using your account in happy to discuss any options available on a TV, computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. a foreign country. Most banks in the UK offer free to you. Search ‘Life in the UK‘ on our It’s the law. banking, which means that you are not required portal.uea.ac.uk. Further information is To find out more visit: www.tvlicensing.co.uk to pay a monthly fee for card payments, cash available under ‘Money and Banking’. withdrawals and transfers. Mobile banking is very You can find Barclays bank on The Street Students studying at UEA are not required to popular and allows you to manage your money in the middle of campus. pay Council Tax. However, if you live in private easily via your smart phone. accommodation you will be required to provide a Major UK Banks certificate or letter from the University to prove There are a variety of banks and accounts that your exemption. Halifax you can access and we recommend you do www.halifax.co.uk To find out more search “Council Tax” some research at www.moneysupermarket.com HSBC on the UEA Portal. to find the one that is best for you. www.hsbc.co.uk Lloyds www.lloydsbank.com NatWest www.personal.natwest.com MOBILE PHONES Post Office Free Lebara sim cards are available during the www.postoffice.co.uk/banking International Orientation and Welcome week. RBS These sim cards can be topped up with credit as You can connect to the www.personal.rbs.co.uk/personal/ and when you need to. University wi-fi (EDUROAM) current-accounts.html on campus, The Cloud wi-fi is If you prefer to set up a contract, there are a also available, to contact family Santander number of networks to choose from, most of and friends through Skype, www.santander.co.uk which have shops in the city centre. The main WhatsApp and Viber. The Co-operative Bank providers are Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three. www.co-operativebank.co.uk TSB www.tsb.co.uk Other Financial Services Aspire Account www.unizest.co.uk Transferwise www.transferwise.com Moneygram secure.moneygram.co.uk
GETTING SET UP LOOKING AFTER YOUR VISA WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING Your visa for the UK will have some – Changes to your circumstances can affect Working or volunteering during your studies can 7 conditions attached. To ensure you do your visa, such as changing, taking a break be a great way to gain experience, boost your not have any difficulties with your visa or withdrawing from your course, not skills and make friends. UEA regulations or type of visa or immigration while in the UK, please attending your course, or completing your may restrict the number of remember the following points: course early The Careers Service offer a number of paid and hours you can work so check voluntary opportunities. this before applying. – Keep your passport and BRP card safe. If – Update any changes of your contact To find out more visit Careers Central on The Street you have any questions or concerns about details with UEA on your e:Vision account in the centre of campus or search “Careers” on the your visa and immigration, please see an and with the UK Visas and Immigration UEA homepage. International Student Adviser in the Student department Support Service or email email@example.com More information is available at www.gov. The Student Support Service – ISAT also offers paid and voluntary opportunities through the – Attend regularly your lectures and uk/change-circumstances-visabrp/youre-in- Student Support Representatives Scheme, search for ‘Student Support Reps’ on our seminars (absence must be authorised see the-uk-and-have-a-brp portal.uea.ac.uk. page 11) – If required, register with the Police and – Your visa will have working restrictions keep your Police Registration Certificate that you must follow up-to-date HEALTHCARE – Attend all compulsory visa checking – If you need to apply for another visa for sessions arranged by the University. These the UK or another country make sure you Register with the doctor at the University happen three times each year and it is a apply early Medical Service (UMS) to ensure you can access government requirement to ensure all treatment if needed. They can be found on An introduction to the National students on a Tier 4 Visa are continuing to – If you have a Short-term Study Visa you campus next to the INTO building. Health Service (NHS) and how attend their university course cannot apply for another UK visa from you can access treatment will take within the UK. To find out more about how the healthcare place during the International system works in the UK, search for ‘Healthcare in Orientation information talks. the UK‘ on our portal.uea.ac.uk. Important information about your Tier www.umsuea.co.uk 4 visa and the conditions attached can be found on our portal.uea.ac.uk/Student Support Service/International Students/Visa Support/Tier 4 Visas.
FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY ADJUSTING TO YOUR UEA’s Multifaith Centre is a spiritual meeting Community or Faith Groups: NEW LIFE place and community centre on campus. Baptist/United Reformed/Free Church UEAFriends What is the best way to get to Buddhist Community know a new place and its rules? By meeting Other prayer spaces are located in the Main SETTLING IN Church of England (Anglican) students who were here before you. This is what Hall at Blackdale and lower floor of the lecture Coptic Christian UEAFriends is all about: having current students theatre block. Eastern Orthodox Christian here to welcome you to UEA and help you settle Further details are available online: Hindu into life in the UK. An opportunity for you to portal.uea.ac.uk/multifaith Islamic Community meet other students and find out more about 9 Jewish Community what’s happening on campus and beyond. Quakers (Society of Friends) Complete a request form for a UEAFriend online Roman Catholic search for ‘UEAFriends’ on our portal.uea.ac.uk INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT LANGUAGE SUPPORT The International Students Advisory ISAT will support you with specific and Conversation Club is a great way of English Language Support Programme (ELSP) Team (ISAT) is dedicated to supporting general advice, helping you to settle practising your English at UEA. This is designed to help develop the language skills and enhancing the experiences of all and adjust to life at UEA, giving you visa friendly and welcoming Club is run by for academic studies of non-native speakers. International students and EU students at and immigration advice and offering you students for students with weekly themed Places are limited on this popular programme UEA throughout the academic year and are opportunities to develop your connections sessions to give you the chance to share so make sure you apply early. here to help you make the most of your time with other students through different cultures and practise English with others. Further details are available online on our in the UK. programmes (UEAFriends, Conversation Join us every Tuesday evening from 7 – 9pm Portal.uea.ac.uk/Student Support Service/ Club, Global Voices and Social). in the Multifaith Centre, to find out more look Learning Enhancement/English Language A new Student Success Programme will help Find out more about the support available by up for ‘Conversation Club’ on our portal.uea. Support Programme you develop your skills to succeed while at searching ‘ISAT’ on the UEA portal. ac.uk. university on our Portal/Student Support Service/International Students/Student Language Support Buddies are available Success Programme to meet with you on a one-to-one basis for up to 6 weeks to help you practise non-academic English. Our Buddies will work with you to identify any areas that you would like to practise or to just listen SOCIAL PROGRAMME and chat. It’s a great way to pick up tips and learn from a fluent English speaker. Studying in the UK is exciting and to help Whether you would like to visit the Request a Language Support Buddy on our you make the most of your free time we world famous Harry Potter Studios, Portal.uea.ac.uk/Student Support Service/ have organised a diverse Social Programme take a trip to Cambridge or London, International Students/English Language that will help you find out about British there is something for you. Support/Language Support Buddies culture and visit some of the best local and Find out about our full list on our national attractions. portal.uea.ac.uk/Student Support Service/ International Students/Social Programme
SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR YOU UNIVERSITY’S IMPORTANT RULES STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE PERSONAL ADVISERS PLAGIARISM ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES The Service provides you with support, You will be assigned a Personal Adviser When writing any assignment, you will Attendance is compulsory for timetabled guidance and advice covering a wide in your School to support you in your need to reference anyone else’s work events that are part of your course. If you range of services including, international, academic and personal development and you are using in your paper. When you know you are going to be absent, you must immigration, financial and personal prepare you for graduate employment do not reference someone’s work you inform the University (LTS – Hub) as soon as advice, wellbeing, mental health, disability or further study by offering academic, are plagiarising. This can have serious possible using the online absence reporting support, and non-subject specific professional and personal advice, guidance consequences far beyond failing that system available through e:Vision. You can academic and dyslexia tuition. and support. assignment. You can find out more on seek permission for an absence in advance portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service portal.uea.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/ referencing and plagiarism online. using the online reporting system. staff/advising portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service/ For absences over two weeks, contact SUPPORT YOUR ACADEMIC HUBS learning-enhancement/study-resources/ your Hub. More can be found online. UEA’s Learning and Teaching Services NIGHTLINE plagiarism portal.uea.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/ (LTS) operate from 3 Hubs on campus. Nightline is a confidential and impartial students/the-basics/absence. 11 Your school will have a specific Hub that listening and information service run for If you have a Tier 4 visa, it is important provides the core administration for your students by students – they are here to attend your classes. Failure to attend course. Your Hub can help with module for you! regularly can affect your visa’s validity. enrolment, submitting course work, Open 8pm to 8am. Call 01603 597158, sitting exams, and providing you with text 07794924366, or chat online at forms you may need while at UEA. norwich.nightline.ac.uk/ Your Hub can also support you with any ADAPTING TO UEA extenuating circumstances you may have, STUDENTS’ UNION ADVICE CENTRE recording your absences, and submitting NICKNAMES OF PLACES ON CAMPUS LCR – this is part of the Students’ Union advice|su provides an independent, free any request for absence, concessions or The Street – the area where the building which hosts live concerts, club and confidential service open to all UEA breaks in your studies. shops, Barclays bank, laundrette and nights, and other events throughout students. Advice includes university CareersCentral are located. the year. portal.uea.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching procedures, employment, money, housing, and health and wellbeing. The Square – the area with the steps going The Broad – the lake on campus is actually www.uea.su/advice-housing/advice/ around outside of the Union Bar, Campus a manmade body of water called a broad, Kitchen and the Multifaith Centre. which is common in this part of the UK. The Lecture Theatre – there are a number of different lecture theatres across We use a lot of acronyms at campus, but the Lecture Theatre Building UEA for buildings, schools and or Block is opposite the Library with LT1, departments (for example we are LT2, LT3 and LT4. STS – ISAT), search for ‘acronyms’ The “Main” Bus Stop – this is the stop near on our portal.uea.ac.uk. Congregation Hall and the main car park. It is the main stop to get the bus to leave campus (Routes 25 and 26). The Union, SU, Unio, the Hive or Union House – these are all names used for the building where the Students’ Union is located in.
GETTING IN TO AND AROUND NORWICH WHERE TO SHOP Norwich is easy to get around using public RIVERSIDE SHOPPING SHUTTLE transport, walking or cycling. With regular To help you pick up everything you need when services from campus into the city centre and Buy a bus pass – save money on you arrive we recommend the Riverside Retail The Riverside Shopping Shuttle an annual bus pass available at a discounted rate, bus tickets with an annual year, Park with different type of shops where you can bus service runs on Thursday 21 there is every reason to explore. three or ten month bus pass. buy food, homewares, bedding, cooking utensils, September from 1 – 5pm and To find out more search ‘bus’ in the UEA portal. Find out more at www.uea. cutlery and much more. You can take bus number departs from the LT1 Student ac.uk/estates/transport 26 from campus. Orientation Desk. Return ticket The most frequent buses into the city are the £3 online at store.uea.ac.uk number 25 and number 26 First Bus services SHOPS ON CAMPUS which leave every 10 minutes from the main bus Shop SU NORWICH AND SHOPPING stop on campus. Grocery, Bakery, Post Office, Norwich is under two hours away from London’s Stationery, Newspapers. Buy your groceries online and Liverpool Street Station by train, with two rail Monday – Friday 7.30am – 7pm get them delivered. Most of the services an hour departing from the city station. Saturdays 9am – 6pm large supermarkets will deliver There are also direct rail links to Manchester, Sundays 10am – 6pm your shopping to you for a small Liverpool and Nottingham as well as numerous fee. You can buy your food connecting services from Peterborough. Waterstones Bookshop online and then arrange a time 13 Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm for them to deliver it to you. You can reach UEA from Norwich station by taxi, which takes approximately 15 minutes. There are SHOPS NEARBY also regular buses direct to UEA from the station UEA is also close to several supermarkets. forecourt – numbers 25 and 26. Tesco and Co-op shops are a short walk from campus at the roundabout between Bluebell Local taxi services are also available and can be and Earlham Road. Other shops are further booked in advance. Expect to pay £8-10 for a away but offer a wider selection of food, journey into the city. clothes and homeware. For a great way to find out where to shop search “Supermarkets near me” online for the full list of options. Tesco Express (Earlham Road) Open 24 hrs, small selection, but stocks most essentials. Co-op (Earlham Road) A larger selection of products available, open until 11pm, except Sunday when it is open until 4pm. You can take the number 26 bus from campus.
HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN ITEMS, DISCOUNTS BEDDING AND TOWELS NUS Extra If you need pillows, bed-sheets, pots and pans or Take advantage of student discounts on even an alarm clock to make sure you get to everything from food and fashion to Always ask if there is a student your lectures on time, you can find great deals Buying kitchen items from the entertainment and travel. Cards cost £12 (one discount available in shops, at a number of shops in the city including: Pots and Pans sale on campus year) £22 (two years) £32 (three years) and can restaurants, cinemas and on will save you money. Wait to be purchased online at www.nus.org.uk/en/nus- public transport. It might help Wilkinsons / Wilko see what other students bring extra so apply now to start saving money. you save money. www.wilko.com that you can use as well. Not NORWICH AND SHOPPING Primark everyone needs a frying pan! International Student Identity Card (ISIC) www.primark.com/en/store/norwich However, you may need your The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) M&S own cup, mug, cutlery, is similar to the NUS Extra card but is recognised Cashless Catering – sQuid card www.marksandspencer.com/c/ bowl and plate. internationally and allows you to access over 42,000 discounts worldwide. When you order UEA has teamed up with sQuid, home-and-furniture the eMoney payments network your NUS Extra you will receive an ISIC card free John Lewis for one year (any extra year will cost £12 and can to provide contactless smart www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/norwich be purchased online at www.myisic.co.uk or at cards designed to make your life 15 STA Travel in the city). and time at UEA much easier. A sQuid card gives students a way Local deals to pay for food, drink and other Local bars, restaurants, cafés and attractions items. It can be used across the BUYING BOOKS would like to welcome you to Norwich with the designated UEA catering outlets, special offers on Visit Norwich webpages wherever you see the sQuid It is best to check in the Library to see if any books www.visitnorwich.co.uk/explore-and-experience/ “Q” sign. for your course are available. If you do need to offers. Make the most of these by exploring the purchase a book, Waterstones is one of the largest How do I use the card? city and take advantage of the discounts on book retailers in the UK and has a store on campus. offer. Register your card online They stock a large variety of books and will also Your card has an electronic purse be able to order any books that they do not have called Cashless Catering Purse in store. Many book shops also offer a student as well as a Reward Purse. discount if you present a valid student card. Every purchase made using Online retailers such as www.sellstudentstuff.com, sQuid will give you an automatic www.studentbooks.com and www.amazon.co.uk also 5% discount at the till. offer new and used text books at reduced prices.
2017–2018 STANDARD ACADEMIC YEAR HOW TO PAY YOUR FEES AUTUMN SEMESTER 25 September 2017 to 15 December 2017 Check your account or pay online Once you have registered, you will be able to Christmas break log on to the e:vision portal, select the finance 16 December 2017 to 14 January 2018 page and then view your university account, University Buildings closed which includes details of amounts outstanding. from 22 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 Through the portal, you can make a payment online or set up a Direct Debit at www.evision. uea.ac.uk SPRING SEMESTER 15 January 2018 to 16 March 2018 For further information about paying your fees, Easter break email firstname.lastname@example.org 17 March 2018 to 15 April 2018 For payment options visit portal.uea.ac.uk/ University Buildings closed finance/student-finance/payment-option from Thursday 29 March to 3 April 2018 What to do if you can’t pay on time SPRING SEMESTER CONTINUES 16 April 2018 to 18 May 2018 You have 28 days to pay your invoice. For IMPORTANT DATES AND NUMBERS reasons beyond your control, you may be ASSESSMENT PERIOD 21 May 2018 to 15 June 2018 unable to pay the invoice or keep up with your instalment plan. You should go to the GRADUATION 16 July 2018 to 20 July 2018 Finance Office in The Registry to explain your difficulties and ask for an extension of the time BANK HOLIDAYS (UNIVERSITY CLOSED) Monday 7 May 2018 to pay. Administration fee and late payment Monday 28 May 2018 fees apply. If you have more general concerns Monday 27 August 2018 about managing your finances, our Finance Advisers at the Student Support Service will be happy to advise you email@example.com. 17 CASHIERS’ OFFICE Location: Registry Building Telephone: 01603 592687 (enquiries and payments 9am – 5pm weekdays).
STAYING SAFE WHERE TO GET HELP Keeping your belongings safe: • Do not keep large amounts of money in your room or on you SECURITY LODGE 01603 592352 • Keep your passport and visa safe, especially • Register expensive electrical items with when travelling the Police and Immobilise EMERGENCY ON CAMPUS 01603 592222 (ext 2222) • Keep a copy of your passport, visa, credit • Never leave your belongings card details unattended in public areas (including the • Close and lock doors and windows before Library) EMERGENCY POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE 999 leaving your house or room • If you buy a bicycle while in the UK, lock • Keep money and other valuables out of it with a good quality ‘D’ lock. POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY) 101 sight of others NHS (NON-EMERGENCY AND OUT OF HOURS) 111 ACCOMMODATION OFFICE 01603 592092 IT SERVICE DESK 01603 592345 IMPORTANT DATES AND NUMBERS STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE 01603 592761 STUDENT UNION ADVICE SERVICE 01603 593463 FINANCE OFFICE 01603 592686 UEA MEDICAL CENTRE 01603 251600 19
International Student Advisory Team Student Support Service University of East Anglia Norwich Research Park Norwich NR4 7TJ 01603 592761 firstname.lastname@example.org portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service Disclaimer We have taken great care in compiling the information contained in this guide, which is accurate at the time of going to press. However, information, requirements, regulation, times, prices or places contained in this guide may be subject to change without notice. Any changes will be incorporated in subsequent editions.
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