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.
Fall New Student Orientation: 29 August – 3 September 2017
Fall AIFS and Visiting Student Orientation: 29 August – 3 September 2017
Fall Post Graduate Student Orientation: 1 September 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. A Spring 2017 Orientation schedule is available for download, if you are looking to get a sense of what orientation will be like. You will receive your Orientation schedule when you arrive on campus and check in, however we hope to post a draft Fall 2017 orientation schedule in the coming weeks.
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 (for some majors) placement tests in 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, boat trip down the Thames, a West End show, or an excursion within London. Full details are available at Orientation.
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
Prior to arriving to Richmond we encourage you to send a copy of a recent passport size photo in jpeg format to Admissions. Richmond University requires a passport style photo of all new students in order to process their ID cards. Your photos must show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people, facing forward and looking straight at the camera. The photo must meet our standards or your photo will be rejected and you will be required to resubmit a new image. In order to avoid long waiting times on orientation day, please use the following web application to take a passport photo of yourself http://www.epassportphoto.com/. Once your photos are ready, please save them as a JPG file with your full name and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
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!
WHAT I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
- 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
WHAT I COULD LIVE WITHOUT
- 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!
Have a question about orientation or student life that wasn’t answered above? Visit our FAQ’s section for more information.
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.