Joining us

What you need to know about arrival and your first few weeks with us.

Joining Us Queries

When will I join the University?


Welcome Week will commence this year on 20 September. Teaching will then commence on Monday 27 September. We will be inviting students to take part in this comprehensive orientation programme, beginning with Launchpad to Liverpool pre-arrival.

Whether you are joining us in person, or online, you should still be able to access all of the opportunities during welcome week.

More detail can be found on our terms dates page.

When is the latest that I can join the University?

At present, the latest date for registration is two weeks from the start date of the programme (27 September), in order to take part in our courses and teaching, be that online or on campus.

The University will continue to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on our dedicated Coronavirus pages.

We recognise that for some students, they may be joining us online for the first term due to travel restrictions that are currently in place.

Has the delivery of teaching changed?

Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Although we are hopeful that most restrictions will be lifted by this autumn, our planning for next year allows for a range of scenarios that will ensure the safety of our whole community, while still providing an excellent learning experience.

As long as public health guidance at the time allows, we are planning for the next academic year to look very different to this one, with all students; undergraduate and postgraduate, engaging in regular, interactive in-person teaching sessions, at least at first, as part of a blended approach.

You can find out more about how teaching will look by visiting Our plans for teaching 2021/22.

What Healthcare do I need?

All students need to ensure you register with a local GP when arriving at the university. 

Your GP is usually your first port of call if you are unwell or need medical support, so it’s important to make sure you register before you might need to visit a doctor. It is particularly important if you have a health condition such as asthma or diabetes, or require medication; but will also give you access to out of hours help if you become unwell.

International Students

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) is the state health service used by residents to obtain healthcare. Free NHS health treatment is available to all international students studying in the UK for longer than six months and who hold a visa which proves this. As part of your visa application students would have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge, this allows you to access free NHS treatment in the same way a UK resident can.

Most healthcare in the UK is first accessed through a general practitioner (GP/doctor) you are registered with, therefore you must register with a GP now - do not wait until you are ill.

Brownlow Health Central

If you live at any of the Halls of Residence or close to the University campus (postcodes L1, L2, L3, L6, L7, L8, L15, L17, L18), then you will be within the practice boundary for Brownlow Health Central which operates the Student Health Centre.

You can register as a patient online via the Brownlow Health Central website or attend one of the practice locations in person.

Alternatively, register with a GP close to your accommodation. Find a doctor using the NHS website.


University of Liverpool students registered with Brownlow Health can also make use of the new NHS App.

The first official NHS App enables all patients to access a range of healthcare services on their smartphone or tablet.

How can I access my accommodation?


The University of Liverpool Accommodation team has developed a 4 step guide for moving into your accommodation for the 2021/22 academic year.

  1. Mid August - you will receive your 'Room Offer'. This will tell you which halls you will be living in.
  2. Early September - you will receive your 'Room Number'. This will tell you your exact room. You can then begin to find out who else is in your flat through our Facebook groups.
  3. Shortly after you receive your room number you will be able to book your Arrival slot for when you can move in. Arrivals will be from Thursday 16th September.
  4. Once you have your arrival slot booked, visit the Halls Life website for advice on what to pack and how to prepare for the big move.

Moving into Halls - all you need to know guide.

Moving In - Top Tips

To keep up to date with the latest information from the Accommodation team, please visit their website.

What guidance is available for International Students travelling to the UK for studying?

Please visit our dedicated pages for International students travelling to the UK

This page provides further information on travelling to the UK from different countries and the quarantining that is required depending on the classification system in the UK (Red, Amber and Green). Guidance on planning your arrival and information on vaccinations, there is also further information on how teaching will look for the upcoming academic year and the plans for moving to online learning if it is required by government.

What happens during Welcome Week and is there anything I should prepare for?

The first important date in your student calendar is Welcome Week. Running from 20 – 26 September 2021, this week is designed to help you settle into life on campus, engage in activities, get to know your department and meet new friends.

We are still planning this year’s Welcome Week programme, however, wherever possible we will be running on-campus activities and events. As soon as we have further details we will be in touch with all offer holders.

However, the Liverpool Welcome doesn’t just start at Welcome Week, and over the next few months we’ve put together a series of online programmes, activities and information to make the move to University just that little bit easier.

In the meantime, you can also find out more about life on campus and in the city on our 'Life at Liverpool' webpages.

We work closely with Liverpool Guild of Students and Sport Liverpool to deliver a regular timetable of weekly virtual and in-person activities and events. From fitness classes and pub quizzes, to painting classes and museum tours, you’ll be sure to find something to do on-campus, or from the comfort of home.

You can find out more details about what to expect from Student Life.

Covid Related Queries

What restrictions will be in place on campus?


The University is constantly reviewing its guidance on what safety restrictions are implemented on to campus and within all of our buildings.

Current guidance maintains the wearing of face masks inside buildings, social distancing measures of 1metre+ and general hand santisation which can be found throughout each building.

You can also visit your responsibilities on campus.

Will face coverings be available?

Washable Face Coverings

  • 2 x UoL face coverings are available for all University staff and students

From the start of term anyone will be able to collect a pack from receptions at key building across campus or from Welcome Ambassadors who will be on the main walk way areas across the North, Central and the South of the campus.

Collection points are currently at the following buildings:

  • Guild of Students
  • Sports Centre
  • EEE  (Electrical Engineering & Electronics)
  • Life Sciences

Disposable face coverings

  • Building receptions will have a regular supply of disposable face coverings available for staff and students in the event that they do not have a washable or personal re-useable face covering. 
  • Need more disposable face coverings?  All requests should be sent to the FRCS service hub by emailing    

What happens if I have symptoms whilst on campus?

The University has created dedicated webpages to guide you through what you need to do if you have Covid symptoms and need to self-isolate.

What to do if you have Covid symptoms?

Booking at Covid test

Test results: Next steps

Self-isolation Guidance

What guidance is available for disabled students who are studying at the University?

If you have been advised by the Government that you need to shield, please see our Starting in 2021 page for more information about returning to campus.

If you are a returning student and you think your support plan needs updating to take the current situation into account please contact to arrange this.

If you are a new student who declared a disability on your application form, the team should have contacted you to explain the support which is on offer and the information we need from you.  If you have a disability but have not told us about it yet please email

The team will continue to provide confidential one to one appointments to discuss your needs. For more information please look at our Disability Advice and Guidance web pages.

What guidance is available for International Students travelling to the UK for studying?

Please visit our dedicated pages for International students travelling to the UK

This page provides further information on travelling to the UK from different countries and the quarantining that is required depending on the classification system in the UK (Red, Amber and Green). Guidance on planning your arrival and information on vaccinations, there is also further information on how teaching will look for the upcoming academic year and the plans for moving to online learning if it is required by government.

What if, due to government requirements for my country of origin, I must quarantine on arrival?

Please ensure that you check and follow the latest Government rules for entering England.

With regards to Quarantining, if you’re travelling to England, what you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. If you have been in a country or territory on the:

  • Green list - you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2
  • Amber list - you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests
  • Red list - you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests

You can find the most up to date advice about Quarantining and a list of countries in each of the zones via this webpage.

Unfortunately the university are not able to facilitate quarantine for travellers from red list countries (list available here) due to government restrictions. If you hold a university accommodation offer, you are able to terminate your contract by submitting a contract termination request and you will not be liable for those fees.

At this current time we are not providing any sort of cover costs of this nature and we are not planning to reduce tuition fee costs, we will continue to review the current situation and if this information changes we will contact all relevant offer holders.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for returning students

Any third country nationals with residence rights in the UK travelling from (or transiting through) a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days are required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for a period of 10 days.

You will have residence rights if you already have a Tier 4 or Student visa for the UK. If you are unsure about whether you have residence rights please contact International Advice and Guidance.

Testing During Quarantine and the Test to Release Scheme

Everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

  • Quarantine for 10 days
  • Book and pay for a travel test package to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining (at a cost of £210)
  • Follow the national lockdown rules

Find out more about the Test to Release scheme and how to book a test.

Mandatory Testing Before Travel

The above regulations are in addition to all travellers having to provide a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. It is your responsibility to make sure that the test you take meets UK government requirements.

Will the University cover the costs of quarantine?

The University of Liverpool will pay for the £1,750 hotel quarantine cost for each new, self-financing student travelling from a home address in a red-list country. This will be paid through a tuition fee reduction following registration.

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must be commencing their, undergraduate or postgraduate taught, studies at the University in the 2021/22 academic year
  • Student’s home address must have been on the UK Government red-list on or before the 21 June 2021 and have remained on the list until 1 September 2021
  • Tuition fee reductions will only be available for self-financing students
  • The fee reduction does not apply to students in receipt of a full sponsorship (I.e., when fees are paid in full by a third party) from their Government, Ministry or Embassy; public and private organisations and non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Support for quarantining only covers those costs incurred for new students, not any family members who may be travelling with them
  • Our offer may be subject to change if the UK government changes its travel policy and associated costs, and if alternatives to managed quarantine are available.

Processing your tuition fee reduction

Students will be able to apply for a fee reduction once they have arrived and registered at the University. This does not impact any scholarships the student might already be in receipt of.

The UK Government website details further guidance for those travelling from a country on the red list, including information for those travelling through, or making a transit stop in a red list country.

It’s important to remember that these rules and guidelines are likely to change, and students will need to check the latest guidance before travelling.

Do I need the vaccine to travel to the UK?

While we encourage all our community to accept a vaccination if they are offered one, it is not currently a requirement to have the COVID-19 vaccination to enter the UK, and students should follow the rules dependant on the country they are travelling from, whether or not they have had a vaccination. We would advise you to continue monitoring national and international travel guidelines, as restrictions may change.  

More information can be found on our guidance for international students travelling to the UK.

How will I get to the University as an overseas student and what will happen when I arrive?


If you are able to travel to the UK and join us for the start of the year, we will be reviewing the service of airport transfers and will contact offer holders if and when this service is available this year.

The UK government has introduced 10 day ‘quarantine’ periods for those entering the UK from a range of countries. This is under constant review. If this is the case for your country of origin, Government advice indicates that you will be asked to complete a form providing your contact and travel information before being asked to self-isolate either in a government approved hotel or your planned accommodation for 10 days. If you are able to self-isolate in your own accommodation, this means you will be able to stay either in University halls or in your own private accommodation, and may wish to arrive earlier in order to ensure that you can complete your period of quarantine in line with the start of term.  

If the Government’s plans for ‘quarantine’ change, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible with more information. If you book an earlier flight and the UK government subsequently removes ‘quarantine’ restrictions, we will still be here to welcome you on the earlier date.

If you are able to travel to the UK and join us for the start of the year, we will be reviewing the service of airport transfers and will contact offer holders if and when this service is available this year.  Please contact Clare Kelly who will arrange airport pick ups

What if I can’t travel to the UK from my country due to COVID-19?


Although our aim is for students to study with us here in Liverpool, we recognise that the course of the pandemic is unpredictable and may cause further disruption. If you are unable to study on campus from the beginning of term, for example because of government travel restrictions on travel, please contact Clare Kelly as soon as possible for further advice.

What procedures does the University have in place for COVID-19?

Please refer to the University’s COVID Safety pages for further information on what you need to do if you have symptoms and the responsibilities you have if you test positive, you can also find Self-isolation guidance on these pages.