To help you on your journey to becoming a Christ Church student, you can refer to this step-by-step guide which takes you through your essential and recommended tasks. 

Step one: getting ready

  • Meet the conditions of your offer: to become a fully registered student at Christ Church and begin your studies with us there may be some academic conditions and clearance checks that you will need to meet and complete.
  • If you are a Health Students you will need to complete your Occupational Health checks and order your uniform.
  • Check your course essentials: this is full of important information to help you prepare for your studies.
  • Arrange your accommodation, if needed: whether you choose to stay in University owned student accommodation, or private accommodation, there’s information and support available.

Step two: before you arrive

  • Organise your finances: by working out your budget before you arrive, you will be confident that you'll be able to manage your money while at uni and be in control of your finances.
  • Complete online registration: you need to complete your registration in order to officially become a Christ Church student and start your studies.
  • Register with the Student Wellbeing Service: if you need disability or mental health support, make sure you register before your studies start. This will ensure that any additional support you may need for your learning is put in place.
  • Check your vaccinations are up to date: we want you to stay healthy and well, so we advise you to check what vaccines you feel you may need before you arrive and make sure you register with a local GP once here. It is recommended to protect yourself and others to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Check your start date and timetable - once you have registered and your Course Team have allocated you to all your classes including any group activities, we are able to provide a personalised online timetable that can be linked to the calendar app of your choice for easy access while on the go.
  • Get COVID tested - students should test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacyOn arrival at university, students should take 2 lateral flow tests (3 to 4 days apart) using home test kits.  Once you have arrived the government is recommending that students should take a lateral flow test twice a week.

Step three: your first week

  • Attend your course induction: You can find your start date in your Course Essentials and your Course Team will be in contact with detailed induction information before your arrive.  Student welcome schedules will be published prior to your welcome week
  • Explore your welcome events: see what other events and activities are happening during your first few weeks at university including the Freshers' Fayre.
  • Check your access to Blackboard: Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment providing you with access to your learning materials, resources and services to support your studies.
  • Check our Student Code of Conduct so you can see what behaviour we expect and how we provide students a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, bullying or harassment of any form.
  • Health students make sure you check when you are collecting your uniforms

Step 4: settling in

  • Register with a GP and to vote: we want you to be safe and well while at uni and recommend that you register with a GP Practice close to where you live, so if you are ever ill you know you can get the help you need.
  • Connect with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT): whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, your Personal Academic Tutor is here to help you to develop, grow and succeed in your studies and research.
  • Explore your student webpages: your student webpages are full of all the information you need as a student at Christ Church.
  • Regularly check your university email: as part of your registration, you’ll be given a computing account so you can access your canterbury.ac.uk email address.

COVID-19 guidance

Getting vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus. Remember it takes two weeks after your second jab to be fully vaccinated, so to be safe when you return to campus, you do not want to delay getting both vaccinations.

Testing before travel

Students should take a lateral flow test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy.

Testing on arrival

On arrival at university, students should expect to take 2 lateral flow tests either using home test kits. This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country. It is then recommend that you take a test twice weekly.

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