SOAS University of London

When you arrive: checklist

  • Complete the online registration through Online Services. You must ensure that this has been completed before your formal enrolment session.  
  • Bring your original Passport or Visa - if you are an EU National, other forms of Photo-ID may be accepted and you will be told of these when you are emailed with the enrolment details.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your enrolment email showing the enrolment session you should attend
  • Bring proof of fees payment or student loan to the Fees office after you have enrolled
  • Log into your SOAS email account, and check that you had read all of the emails sent to you regarding Welcome Week and your enrolment
  • Collect your student ID card. You will be given this card during enrolment if you were able to upload your photo to SOAS Online Student Services before arriving. Otherwise, we will take your photo during enrolment and produce your card while you wait.
  • Have a look at the programme for Welcome Week and see which events are relevant to you
  • Attend Faculty and Department Welcome Events to meet other students in your Faculty and Department as well as key academic and administrative staff
  • Attend Welcome Week introductory talks such as those run by Student Advice and Wellbeing and the Careers Service, which cover important topics such as student finance, counselling and part-time work
  • Collect your Students’ Union Handbook from the Junior Common Room. This is located on the ground floor of the main building at Russell Square.
  • Attend social events organised by the Students’ Union
  • If you have a disability please register with the Student Disability Office if you have not already done so.
  • If English is not your first language, you may be eligible for an IFCELS course. Visit the drop-in session, attend the International Students’ Event on Tuesday or visit the IFCELS website
  • Log into the SOAS Moodle (Bloomsbury Learning Environment) and familiarise yourself with your courses
  • Get your Student Oyster photocard or a Railcard by applying to TFL to make your commute as cheap as possible.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Student Information Desk (SID). This is where you can request student status letters for the purposes of council tax, banking and fees.
  • Make financial arrangements including opening a bank account. An Enrolment Confirmation letter will be produced and posted to you once you have completed your formal enrolment, or you can request one via the Student Information Desk (SID)
  • Apply for Council Tax Exemption. Once your enrolment is completed, your Enrolment Confirmation letter can be used to give you a discount or exempt you from paying council tax.
  • Register with a doctor if you are living away from home. You can meet local GP practices during Welcome Week
  • Go to the Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair and sign up for societies and teams, all for free.
  • Check your timetable on the SOAS website
  • Drop by the Student Hub next to the atrium in the new Paul Webley Wing and see the range of advice and support they can provide. 
  • Log on to the new student intranet when you have enrolled MySOAS for Students and see how you can access a wide range of information and support.