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Welcome Resources

Welcome to the University of Warwick!

Starting your PhD journey

The start of your PhD journey is an exciting time, so in order to make yours as smooth as possible, we have compiled some vital information for you below. Just click through the tabs to learn more – from essential information, to an overview of different campus services, to welcome events designed specifically for postgraduate researchers.

Any questions?

If you have a question about your PhD that you have not been able to find an answer to, please reach out to us.


Campus map

Whether you are trying to get from Gibbet Hill to Westwood, the Sports Centre to the Arts Centre, or just find your Supervisor's office, the online campus map can guide you.

Also available on the MyWarwick app.

Getting your ID card

A must have for getting round campus, as many buildings have card-access doors. Also important for taking advantage of student discounts off-campus!

You can collect your card from Senate House on the main campus.

Your ITS account

To access Warwick's computing facilities, you need an ITS account. Guidance is provided for registering and using your account. Make sure to check your university email daily so you don't miss anything important. You can also get the MyWarwick app for your phone.

Your account also gives you access to MS Teams. Make sure to activate notifications for any channels you're in.

Meeting your supervisors

You'll have been in contact with your supervisor(s) during your application and some of you may have had the chance to meet them in person before starting. It's a good idea to arrange a meeting with your supervisor(s) once you've officially started so that you can start building a relationship with them.

Finding accommodation

If you're new to the area, you might want help finding accommodation.

Warwick Accommodation offers a range of on- and off-campus options, including provisions specific for postgraduates.

There is also a large private rental market across Coventry, Kenilworth, and Leamington Spa to suit a range of budgets/needs. Useful starting points are SpareRoom, RightMove, and Zoopla.

University Welcome Week

Alongside the Welcome events we offer as the Doctoral College, the university offers a huge range of events to help you settle into life here.

Extensive induction guidance can be found on the Welcome to Warwick pages, including details of Welcome Week events and information for postgraduates.

Don't forget that you're department will probably run some welcome events too!

International PGRs

As an international PGR, there are some additional things to take care of upon arrival. Most queries can be solved by the Immigration and Compliance team.

If you're on a TIER 4 visa, in anticipation of your arrival you should read this page. In particular, guidance about travelling to the UK, collecting your BRP card, and registering with the police.

As part of your visa application, you may have paid the NHS Immigration Health Surcharge. Once you arrive, don't forget to register with a doctor's surgery. There is a health centre on campus and doctor's surgeries can be found across the local area.

Disability Services

Warwick offers wide ranging provisions for those with disabilities.

Return to the PhD Life root page.