SOAS University of London

When you arrive: checklist

Things you must do 

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Attend in-person enrolment (you need to bring):
- original passport or visa
- copy of your email confirming enrolment session
- proof of payment of fees or student loan
Go to the Paul Webley Wing upon arrival 
(make sure you have confirmed your details online beforehand)
Collect your student ID card Remember to upload your photo in advance
Collect your enrolment confirmation letter This will be available upon completion of in-person enrolment
Attend department welcome talks and receptions These can be found in the Welcome Week booklet online (you will also be given a copy when you arrive)
Attend a language placement test (where necessary) See Welcome Week programme page for more info

Things we recommend you do 

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Log into your SOAS email Ensure you have read all of the emails sent to you regarding Welcome Week and enrolment
Attend introductory sessions by student services These can be found in the Welcome Week booklet online (you will also be given a copy when you arrive)
Register with the Student Disability Office (if required)  You can visit the team in SL48
Log into SOAS moodle (BLE) and MySOAS Here you can familiarise yourself with your courses
Get your student oyster photo card or railcard See our student discount pages
Open a student bank account Research various banks to find the best fit for you
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.
Register to vote If you are a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses. Find out more about voting as a student
Apply for council tax exemption Use your enrolment confirmation letter to obtain discount
Register with a doctor if you are living away from home You can visit local GP practices during Welcome Week
Download the SU app Go to the App Store / Google Play depending on your device
Sign up to the SOAS Freshers' page Here you can find lots of information about Student's Union activities
Attend Freshers' Fayre There will be stalls around campus on Friday 28 September
Make friends and attend social activities organised by the Students' Union These can be found in the Students' Union handbook