Before You Start

Here's a list of key things you have to do or think about before you start at GCU.

Registration and Application

What happens between your application and starting at Caledonian?

  1. You follow the application process for undergraduates or postgraduates
  2. You firmly accept an unconditional offer
  3. You can apply for University accommodation
  4. We will send you a joining instructions email. This will include your username and password and how to register online before you start. Read the full University Code of Student Discipline online. 
  5. You register with the university - read the guide to online registration
  6. You give us your photograph
  7. You complete the registration process by collecting your student ID card
Sort out your money
  • Apply for tuition fee support, other bursaries, supplementary allowances or funding for students with dependants as soon as you have a place at Caledonian.
  • Open a bank account - your student loan will be paid straight into your bank account.
  • Find out about how to pay the fees if you can't get tuition fee support. The Fees and Funding webpages can also advise you about ways to look for help to pay.
  • Have a look on the Careers webpages to and sign up to Career Hub to find out about the latest jobs/opportunities available.
Consider & Organise

Is there anything else I should think about and organise?

  • Accommodation - the Accommodation Office can help you if you are moving to Glasgow.

  • Childcare - find out about finding and funding childcare.

  • Disability - tell our Disability Service about any disabilities, including dyslexia, or specific needs you may have so we can make arrangements for you.

Prepare for Your First Day

Read the emails from the university and your school again so that you know exactly what you have to bring and where you should go. You'll also find details within your school and programme pages.

Plan your journey 

You can find information on the various ways you can get to Glasgow Caledonian Campus have a look at our campus virtual tour or campus map to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings.

What's happening during induction week?

Check your school and programme pages for details. Further information is available at Welcome to GCU.

What do I need to bring on my first day at GCU?

  • Payment schedule letter from Student Loans Company (if applicable) - get this scanned when you collect your card so we can confirm of your attendance to Student Loans Company.
  • Award letter – to confirm your attendance to SLC if you don’t have a payment schedule letter
  • Your passport or UK driver’s licence – if you are a UK or EU student
  • Your passport showing stamp on entry to UK and Biometric Immigration Document (or letter from the Home Office if you've been told to collect your BID on campus) - if you are an International Student

Now you're prepared...

Find out what will be happening on your first few weeks at university.