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New UG Student Arrival Task Checklist

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Task to complete

Additional Information

1. Accept or Decline Your Place

Please ensure you accept or decline your place to study at Durham University.

2. Fill in Accommodation Preference Form

Please complete the Accommodation preference form.  You should have received this in a separate email once you have accepted your place at Durham. If you intend to live at home or in privately rented accommodation in Durham, please let us know by email at

3. Register with a Doctor

For further information please click here.

4. Complete Student Enrolment and Register for Modules

Follow the steps on this webpage. Note you will not be able to fill in your term time address, or some other details until the accommodation allocation process has taken place.

5. Complete College Mentor Information Form

All first-year students at Cuth's are allocated a College Mentor. Please fill in the Mentor Form here

6. Complete the Consent Matters course online

You will receive an automated email from the University informing you that you are required to take the course with a direct link to the course. You will need to sign in to the Oracle Learning platform using your normal login details (this will include using Multi-factor authentication). You will need to select the offering and then click on the Enrol button to access the modules and quiz. The following link provides User Guides to the system in case there are any queries on how to use this.   

Human Resources & Organisational Development : User Guides - Durham University

7. Signing up to the Durham Student Pledge

We encourage all our students to be good citizens and good neighbours when they join the Durham community, find out more about the Student Pledge.

8. The Junior Common Room (JCR)

Read all about the Junior Common Room, the student body of Cuth's, here. This includes information on how to join. 

9. Read the JCR Handbook

The JCR Handbook is available here: JCR Freshers' Handbook 2021 updated

10. Keep up to date with the College and the JCR through our social media accounts.

Follow the College:

Follow the JCR:

11. Join the 1st Years' Facebook Group

This is run by the JCR, where you can find out what they have planned to welcome you and ask any questions you have for them. Find the group on Facebook here. New postgraduates can join the Cuth's Postgrads Facebook group here.

12. Read the University's guide to Planning your Finances

Find the information here:

13. Read the General Information about Tuition Fees and Residence Charges

This info can be found here

14. Read the University's Sports Letter

The Sports Letter will be available shortly.

15. Read the College Handbook.

The College Handbook 2021-2022 is online here. A PDF version can be found here: Student Handbook 2021-2022

16. Home and  International Students Arrival information

Home students should visit the home arrival page for further information and updates here

International Students - If you are arriving in Durham from overseas can you please complete our Arrival Information Form. Please complete the form as soon as you know your arrangements. Please also view the International student Arrival Information page here

The form is only for International students and students arriving from overseas, please note that home students arriving from UK should visit the home arrival page for further information and updates.

17. International Student VISA & Passport Information

Passport & VISA checking (Right to Study) will be completed in person and information will be emailed to you in the weeks before the start of your course.

Biometric Resident Card Collection – further information can be found here - BRP Collection - Durham University

Police Letter – if you require a letter for police registration in line with VISA requirements please click here for the form.

For further information please visit - Visa and Immigration Requirements on Arrival - Durham University

18. Bank Letter - Opening a UK Bank Account


Once you are fully registered you will be able to download a bank letter from Banner Self Service, please log on to DUO account go to Banner Self Service, click on faculty services then student letters and proceed to click on international bank letter and follow the instructions.



19. Optional Items - (bedding pack, gown, donation)

Please follow the link here to order. Please note: the bedding pack comprises a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase and a sheet. A useful option for international students.

20. Sign up for JCR Membership 

The JCR Levy is a one-off payment* of £160.50 at the beginning of your degree that makes you a JCR Member for the entirety of your three or four years here. 90+% of students join the JCR and being a member means you can join Cuth's sports and societies, use our gyms and library, run for election, get involved in our committees including outreach, social, welfare, and finance committee, and have discounted tickets to our events! The JCR uses the money to fund our events and committees and subsidise sports and societies for everyone, ensuring opportunities at Cuth's are as accessible as possible!

To sign up please click here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Alfie at

*Please note- the JCR Levy can be paid in instalments upon request to

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