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Welcome to Start@Strath, an essential information page for new students. Please note that the information contained within these pages is aimed at new students only.  If you are a continuing student please view the Registration page and select the appropriate link.


All new students at the University of Strathclyde are allocated a unique university email address which will stay with them throughout the length of their programme of study. As soon as we have set up your university email account ('DS account') we will email you details.

It would be useful if you could get into the habit of logging into this account regularly; once your programme begins, this is the email address that the University will use to communicate with you.

However, between now and the start of term it is important that you still regularly check your personal email address as the University may communicate important information to you this way.

Your Next Steps

There are four essential steps which you must complete in order to be ready to commence your programme of study next term. If at any stage you have any difficulties, please get in touch with us at - we are here to help!

1. Register Online

***Registering online is an ESSENTIAL process which you MUST complete***

Please do not attempt to register until we have emailed you to say that registration is open. This process only takes a few minutes but you will need some details close to hand. Please see the Registration section for full instructions on how to register.

2. Apply for Student Card

A student card is an essential part of your studies at the University of Strathclyde. Not only does it allow you to access university facilities - such as the library, computer labs, etc. - but you may also need your student card to access university buildings, and also as identification whilst on campus!

Please view the details on how to apply for your Student Card:

  • Student Cards for UK/EU students 
  • Student Cards for Tier 4 students
3. Find Out Induction Programme Details

During Welcome Week there are important events organised by your Faculty and/or department/school, as well as central University teams, that are designed to help you quickly settle into your studies and university life, and which you are strongly recommended to attend.

Specific content of induction programmes varies, but often includes: 

  • An induction lecture
  • A meeting with a specific member of academic staff
  • Completion of registration (if required)

As part of your induction to the University, central Student Experience Services will also present the UniSmart lecture. This is your 'essential survival guide to university', which will highlight the variety of support services available and help you get off to a good start.

Details of specific Faculty induction arrangements are available by clicking on the relevant links below. Contact details for your Faculty are also available by following these links.

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Science

Strathclyde Business School

Welcome Week happens during the same time as Freshers' Week. During Freshers' Week, the Students' Union organises a lot of great opportunities to try out something different and meet new friends. This is an important part of starting at university and you should make the most of it - however, we strongly advise you to prioritise your Faculty Induction and not to miss any important course activities in favour of a social one!

4. Become a University Student!

Once you have followed the steps above, you are ready to become a student at the University of Strathclyde! Just make sure you don't forget that if you are going to be a regular, campus-attending student, then during your first week on campus you will have to collect your student card and you should also attend your Faculty Induction.

Between now and September, you might like to make sure you are fully prepared to begin university. Consider the following points:

** Additional Induction Information for International Students

In addition to your Faculty Induction, a number of events have been organised to enable you to pick activities to suit your interests. Click on the links in the Welcome Programme to book a place. You will be able to log in with your university username and password.

Please click on the links below for up-to-date information:

Pre-Arrival Information

Arrivals Checklist

International Welcome Programme   

** Visitors with Access Requirements

The University of Strathclyde is committed to providing an accessible environment for all applicants, students and visitors. If you, or any member of your party, have additional requirements that arise as a result of a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty, we would encourage you to contact us using the details below so that appropriate arrangements can be made prior to your visit.

Induction Programme Support:

Induction Programme visitors with mobility difficulties or any other additional requirements that arise as a result of a disability should contact the Disability Service in advance. The Disability Service can help arrange support for your induction programme and liaise with your academic department to make sure you get the most out of the day.

Accessible Route Maps:

You may wish to look at the Accessible Campus Map so that you can plan your route around the University buildings in advance.

Disability Service Contact Details:

Disability Service
The University of Strathclyde
Rm 4.41 Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
G1 1QE

Tel: 0141 548 3402
Fax:0141 548 2414

What Next?

Have you completed all of the above? If so, then have a look at the guidance and tips we have compiled to help new students. You can access this information either by using the links on the left hand side of the page or by viewing our 'New Students - Preparing for Life at University' information.