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Welcome FAQs

Coming to University can be a confusing time. There will be a lot happening both in the run up to you starting with us and when you arrive on campus.
If you're feeling a bit confused, this page will help you find out where you can go for help with different types of queries, as well as answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

Welcome Week is a nine-day programme of events and activities designed to enable you to:

  • Settle into life at Warwick
  • Meet your flatmates, make friends on your course, and meet people
  • Understand what it means to be a student on your degree programme
  • Understand the breadth of Warwick’s offer (both opportunities and support)
  • Learn your way around
  • Adapt to life in a new environment, and for many a new country
  • Get ready for day one of term

We want you to personalise Welcome Week to meet your wants and needs. With over a thousand activities and events taking place, we’re confident we have something for you.

In late August, we will give you access to the Welcome Week student timetable. You’ll be able to explore all the events on offer and start building your bespoke timetable.

Your timetable will go live in September 2020. It will be pre-populated with core events arranged centrally or by your academic department. These are compulsory unless otherwise stated, and will give you the opportunity to find out more about your degree and to meet other people on your course.

You will then be able to choose from hundreds of optional events by browsing through the categories or searching by keyword.

For all new students starting in September, there are a number of compulsory events organised by your department. These will be pre-populated in your Welcome Week timetable. All other events are optional although we very much encourage you to come along and enjoy a great start to life at Warwick. Please note that formal teaching does not start until 5 October.

We will update this website on a regular basis and you will receive emails from us in the run up to starting with us at Warwick. As we get closer, you can also follow our social media accounts where we will be sharing regular updates about welcome.

Visit for information about our Students’ Union, what they offer. The Welcome events programme will go live in September.

View our checklists for information on what you need to do before you arrive, on-arrival, and in your first week.

Residences have specific contract start dates. These will be the 26 or 27 September 2020 depending on your residence.

If you are allocated on-campus accommodation (you will be notified by mid September), you will be invited to complete your online residential induction and select an arrivals time slot.

If you are arriving at another time in year, please follow the instructions sent by your accommodation provider.

In previous years, we have provided an airport transfer coach service to the main university campus for newly arriving international and EU students over Welcome Weekend. This transfer service operates from London Heathrow and Birmingham International airports.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a university-run service at other times of year, however, please see the information on our website about ways to travel to campus independently.

There are hotels on campus and in the local area. If you wish for guests to stay with you in your own campus accommodation, you'll need to contact the Residential Life Team to discuss.