Before you start
Here are a couple of things to think about before your course begins
All students are personally liable for the payment of any tuition fees.
If you are making arrangements for these to be paid by a third party (Student Finance; your employer), make sure you have done it in plenty of time, it's better to have your finance in place even if you're not sure what course you want to do.
Don't forget that if your employer or other agency/business/charity is paying all or some of your fees that we will need something in writing. Request an official notification on letter headed paper from them before you start. It will need to include your name, your 7 digit student number, your overall tuition fee amount and either a specific amount or percentage that they are going to pay. You will need to hand this in to your Faculty Student Services (FSS).
If you are paying some/all of your fees yourself there are various different ways you could do this:
- in instalments
- by post
- in person
- bank transfer
Our How to pay page gives you all the information you need for this.
Hopefully you will already have applied to your funding provider (normally Student Finance (England, Wales, NI or SAAS in Scotland)) and you may have already received your notification of entitlement letter.
If you haven't, don't panic!
If you require any help with this the University has a pre-entry advice team based in our Gateway who can help. Just give them a call on (01902) 321032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will do their utmost to help.
You’ll usually only get Student Finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification - even if your previous course was self-funded. You may still be eligible for limited funding in certain circumstances.
For further information regarding eligibility criteria for Student Finance please see Student Finance - Eligibility
Once you know your budget have a look at our Funding and Budgeting page to see our tips and hints for creating a budget you can stick to.
The first thing to do before you start looking for accommodation is to consider what your priorities are. Start by making yourself a wish list of the top things you want from your ideal property, then compare your answers with friends.
Be honest! Would you prefer a house where the party never stops, or one that is clean and tidy? Do you want to live with others? How much can you afford for rent? Would you rather pay an all-inclusive rent (all bills included)?
Armed with this information, you can then consider your options...
- University Accommodation
- Private Halls of Residence
- Living At Home
- Private Rented Accommodation
Where are you studying? - If you are moving to start university then make sure you are looking in the right place. Double check where your course will be running. Did you know that some of our courses could be studied at multiple campuses? As a nursing student, depending on your specialty, you could study at our City (Wolverhampton), Walsall, Telford or even Burton campus.
The University of Wolverhampton Students' Union's Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) offers professional, independent, free and confidential advice and student representation and has a Housing Advice section on its webpages which includes tips and links to various external agencies.
If you'd like to live on campus we are proud to offer accommodation for students both new and returning, students with disabilities, international students and under 18s. We also provide short stay accommodation for both students and visitors.
For more information including how to apply and the costs please see Accommodation Information.
Your step-by-step guide to becoming a student
Make sure you have your seven digit Student Number to hand as you will need it to register for various student services.
Wherever you mostly spend your time at University, you’ll find our digital support systems and programmes keep you connected to all the vital processes that make your life as a student go smoothly.
- See what software is available to you on and off campus including Microsoft 365 FREE for the duration of your course
- Get tips about being Cybersafe
- Download your myWLV app - myWLV offers everything you need for your learning and education experience, in one place!
- Download your Canvas app - Familiarise yourself with Canvas, your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
For an overview see our Digital Services website and check out your IT Essentials.
If you just want to check your University email simply log into https://office.com with your University email address and password. Once logged in you will land on a screen that displays all the application icons (see screenshot below). Simply select and open.
When you arrive
More useful information
If you are moving here to study, whether that's from just up the road in Birmingham or you've travelled from the other side of the world, one of the first things you'll need to do, once you've settled in, is to register with a local doctor and dentist.
All you need to do is go to the NHS England website (opens in new window) and put in your postcode and it will show you all the doctors and dentists closest to you that are currently accepting new patients.
Another thing to remember is that, as a full-time student, you are not automatically exempt from NHS or dental costs. You will need to apply for an exemption certificate from the NHS called a HC1 form. You would apply as a "low income" goup. Again, you can find this via the NHS England website at NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).
Once you have applied you may have to pay costs upfront and then send off any receipts and you should be at least partially reimbursed.
Also health related, make sure you are immunised against Meningitis.
THE ORGAN DONOR REGISTER: SIGN UP TODAY!
The University is supporting the national campaign to encourage more people to join the National NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR): a confidential, computerised database launched in 1994 following a campaign by the Cox family from the West Midlands.
The University’s Professor Magi Sque’s research with families of people who have made the decision to donate their organs has directly helped families at times of great distress and helped them to see the positive effects of the decision to donate.
Find out more about how organ donation transforms lives, and register your intention today at: organdonation.nhs.uk.
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Prayer facilities on Campus:
There is a multi-faith prayer room in the ML building with separate ablution facilities for men and women. The room is available for all, but is used predominantly by Muslim staff and students.
There is a small multi-faith prayer room in the SU, situated in the Ambika Paul (MD) building.
The quiet room in the Chaplaincy building (MP) is available for all, but is used predominantly by Christian staff and students.
In addition to the above the Mosque in Thornley Street, WVV1 1JP, and St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton are open daily for private prayer.
Other local facilities: Places of worship - Wolverhampton
Prayer facilities on Campus:
The multi-faith centre in the WC building is open 7 days a week. There are rooms suitable for Muslim prayer, and ablution facilities as well as a lounge area for Christian prayer and meditation.
Other local facilities: Places of Worship - Walsall
Prayer facilities on Campus:
There is a small multi-faith prayer room on the 2nd floor of the Hutchison Building (SA). If you ask at Reception they will point you in the right direction or just go up to the 2nd floor, straight through the Library and you will find it just through there on your left.
Other local facilities: Places of Worship - Telford
It’s good to start to think about your course before you begin, and you might be tempted to buy some books in advance. However, textbooks can be expensive and, with all the resources the University Library provides, you may find you don’t need to spend money to access the books you need.
Your University IT account not only provides access to email, apps, and the VLE but also to a huge range of online resources including eBooks, e-journals and e-textbooks.
You can access your online reading list via Canvas (the VLE) once you are enrolled on your modules. Your reading list will show your essential textbooks as well as providing guidance on further reading. You’ll be able to follow the links from your reading list straight to an eBook if it is available. When you start your course, your module leader will also explain more about the reading you will need to do and help you to understand how to use the module guide.
As well as access to the extensive digital library, you can also borrow copies of any core texts from one of our four libraries. If you have any questions about using the library, using the online resources, or accessing your reading list you can get in touch with the library team via ASSIST, our 24/7 live chat service.
If you do feel you would like to own any texts, then remember to check with your Faculty office and the Students Union, as previous students may advertise with them any books they are selling.
The Skills for Learning team offer many useful tools, guides, workshops and one-to-one support to help expand your academic study skills.