Student Affairs

Providing services that support and encourage
student welfare, safety and development.


Two campuses, Richmond & Kensington
Off-campus housing options


Heather, Shannon, Khadija and Drilona welcome new students

Student staff look forward to welcoming new students

Orientation occurs during the week prior to the start of classes. At this time, students arrive at the University, get settled into their accommodation, carry out various tasks leading to advisement and registration for courses, meet faculty and administration and, best of all, make new friends.

Spring New Student Orientation: 9-15 January 2017

Spring AIFS and Visiting Student Orientation: 9-15 January 2017

Spring Post Graduate Student Orientation: 13 January 2017

You will meet people from all over the world who, like yourself, have chosen to study at a small international university in one of the world’s most exciting global cities. It is crucial that all new students attend Orientation. Draft versions of the Fall 2016 Orientation schedules are posted on the buttons to the right and the Spring 2017 Orientation schedules will be similar in content, but you will receive your Orientation schedule when you arrive on campus and check in.

Academic Orientation

During the week there will be several Academic Orientation meetings that will enable you to meet faculty, be advised, register for courses.
You are required to take placement tests in English and Maths. These tests are designed to help us place you in the English and Maths classes that are suited to your current level. English and Math are both part of Richmond’s “Core Curriculum” requirements. Some students with advanced transfer credits will be exempt from these tests and will be informed upon check-in. If you do not take the tests, your registration will be delayed. You cannot study for these tests–just take them and do your best!

When you receive your test results, you will see a faculty adviser who will help you choose your courses. You will also take an English course and others that are directly related to your major. If you have transfer credits, you will be seen by a specialist adviser. The faculty are very helpful and will answer any questions you have at this time.

The Social Side of Orientation

During the evenings and over the weekend there are activities planned to give you time to relax and meet the other new students. Most activities are free, though some may cost a few pounds. All activities are open to new students regardless of whether they live on or off of campus. These activities may include a quiz night, karaoke, a trip to the theatre, or an excursion within London. Full details are available at Orientation.

The Basics

Orientation also helps you with all of the essential practicalities of living on campus and in the UK, such as registering to use the wireless network and library, paying your fees, registering with a doctor, and opening a bank account. The sessions that will help you learn about being a student at Richmond and living in the UK include:

  • Campus Tours
  • Computer and Library Orientation
  • National Health Service Registration
  • Safety in the City
  • Living, Studying and Working in the UK


We surveyed students and asked them to provide a list of what they couldn’t live without from home and what the really could live without. Here are the results!


  • Warm sweaters or hoodies (wool is best, but not absolutely necessary)
  • A raincoat (preferably with a hood)
  • An umbrella small enough to fit in your bag
  • A winter coat, gloves, hats, and scarves
  • A few mementos from home like a small stuffed animal or family pictures
  • Bring at least one set of towels and linens & buy the rest when you arrive
  • Favourite little snacks from home
  • Copies of important documents: passport, loan application, acceptance letter, bank letters,
  • Medical records
  • A pair of heels or dress shoes, sneakers, flip flops, rain boots
  • If you like to party, then nice trousers, dress shoes, and a collared shirt (for guys), nice dress or outfit (for girls)
  • National or State ID (or passport) – you will be asked when purchasing alcohol or tobacco
  • Your preference of painkillers or medicine
  • Medical prescriptions
  • Contact lenses (they might be cheaper back home). Contact solution is readily available here
  • Consider bringing some school supplies, although they are available for purchase here


  • Appliances as non UK equipment poses a fire hazard even with the correct adapter
  • Hotplates or cooking implements with open coils (Possession of these items can incur a fine of £500)
  • Radios, hair dryers and other commonly used items (can be bought inexpensively in the UK…check out the store, Argos)
  • Candles, shisha pipes, incense or other smoking instruments as they are not allowed in dorm rooms (Possession of these items can incur a fine of £500)
  • Shampoo and soaps (Bring some to last the first couple days, then buy the rest here)

TOP TIP Don’t pack too much! Living space is a lot smaller over here!

Meals During Orientation
All meals on campus are available to ALL new students both on and off campus throughout Orientation for FREE!

Hotel Discounts

If you book with the Richmond Hill Hotel and quote that you are connected with Richmond University (a family member of a student for example) during booking, you could receive a 10% discount on their Best Available Rate *.


*There are certain peak times of year when this discount will not apply. Speak to the Richmond Hill Hotel directly for more information.