Find out how to register so you can start your studies and become part of our community.

You must complete registration by the end of the second week of teaching for your course. 

To be fully registered all students must carry out the following steps:

Some students also have additional requirements:

  • If you are studying on-campus for some or all of your course
    Upload a photograph for your UCard so your card is ready when you arrive.  Find out how to upload your photo and get your UCard.
  • If you are subject to immigration control
    Complete a Right-to-Study check when you arrive in the UK.
  • If you are on professional course
    Some professional courses require you to complete occupational health and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Your faculty will contact you if this is required.

How to register

Most students will receive an email invitation when registration opens for your course. You may receive the email later if your student record is not ready when the first email invitation is sent out. 

If you don't receive an email invitation, you can access the link to registration from this page when you are ready.

If your course has a non-standard start and induction date, your school will send you an email with information about registration and other tasks you need to complete before you begin your studies. 

To register, you need:

  • your student number (found at the top of your offer document) or your UCAS personal ID (undergraduate students only).
  • your family name (surname) and date of birth.

During registration you will:

  1. Check your details are correct in your student record.
  2. Confirm your acceptance of the Student Agreement conditions.
  3. Create a password for your University of Bristol accounts. Keep it secure until you have memorised it.
  4. Download and save 'Your Registration Details' as this contains information, for example, your student number and faculty.

If you have decided not to study or you want to defer until next year, contact admissions and do not register.

When you can register

Registration is open from 31 August and you must have registered by 9 September 2022. 


If you are unsure how to answer any of the registration questions please refer to the help notes. If you need any further assistance with registration please email

After you have registered

Once you have registered you have access to your University of Bristol account. This includes your email and Blackboard, our online learning platform. You can also access online materials.

Download the University of Bristol app to make the most of your time at Bristol (available from Google Play or the App Store).

Find out more about the IT systems and tools available to help you get the most out of your learning.

Students on a campus based course - activate your UCard

You must register and upload your photo to be able to collect your Ucard.

Once you have collected your UCard, you will need to swipe it on any door reader on campus to activate it and complete registration.

It may take up to 2 hours before our systems update and you are fully registered.

You will not be fully registered as a student until you have activated your UCard.

University residences and partner accommodation

If you are staying in University of Bristol or partner accommodation, your UCard will be ready for you to collect from 15 September 2022 at your residence. 

You will need your student number and photo identification (ID) to collect your UCard. 

Private accommodation

If you are staying in private accommodation, you will be sent an email inviting you to make an appointment to collect your UCard from The Hawthorns before the start of term.

You will also be able to book an appointment from this page from 15 September 2022. 

Students on a distance learning course - confirm you're ready to start your studies

You will not be fully registered as a student until you have confirmed that you are ready to 'Start your studies'.

We will send you an email asking you to complete a Start your studies form when you are due to start your course induction if you have registered.

Completing the form confirms you are ready to actively engage with study. You do not need to do it before the start date of your course.

You need to have registered before you complete the form.

If you are not ready to start your studies when your course starts

If you are not ready to start your studies on the date your course starts, tell us on the Start your studies form by selecting response: 'No, I am not ready to start'.

Returning students registration

Find out when and how to register for your next year of study.  

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