New Students – Welcome to Bradford!

Welcome to the University of Bradford. Congratulations on achieving a place here, we're looking forward to your arrival on campus!

This website is your Student Handbook. You will find everything you need to know to settle in, from setting up your IT account to finding your way around the city.

Brian Cantor
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all new and returning students to the University of Bradford. You are a student at an outstanding university, one of the world's leading technology universities, with a community of staff and students from all around the world.”
Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford


  • Check the key dates - when you need to arrive and when term starts.
  • Have you got your accommodation sorted? Find out what you need to do next, and when you can move in.
  • Plan your journey to Bradford.
  • Look out for an email to activate your IT account.
  • Enrol and if you pay your own tuition fees, find out how.
  • Attend your induction.

Key dates


Enrolment is an important step in becoming a student here at the University of Bradford - it's the formal contract between you and the University.

When you complete your Enrolment you will receive your student card, allowing you to access University buildings and your Virtual Learning Environment, and it also initiates your student loan payments (if applicable).

Find out more on the Enrolment website.



Your faculty/department has organised an induction programme for your first couple of weeks with us. It is very important that you attend your induction programme as it also forms part of the official enrolment process.

What will my induction involve?

The induction involves a series of events and classes introducing you to your chosen course/area of study, as well as to your tutors and fellow students. 

Induction programmes

Your induction timetable will be available here a couple of weeks before term begins on 18 September 2017.

Your department will also contact you with the details of your induction sessions.

Plan your journey

Bradford is easily reached by road, rail or air. See our how to find us page to find out more. See our Campus Maps to find your way around when you get here.


Students need a permit to park on campus, which are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply for a permit on the Smart Move Travel website.

Getting around

Once you're here, getting around by public transport or bike is easy. Find out more on our Discover Bradford website.

Guide to Bradford

There's lots going on in Bradford – whether you're a fan of music and theatre, food and drink, or getting out into the countryside.

Bradford is made up of a small city centre, surrounded by a collection of small districts, towns and villages – all of which offer their own unique character.

We've put together a guide to help you get to know the area. We encourage you to explore the city and the beautiful countryside surrounding it.

The website Visit Bradford has events listings for Bradford and the surrounding area, as well as suggestions for days outs and interesting walks or cycle rides.

The Bradford Review is also worth checking out, for reviews, listings and interviews.

Discover Bradford

Shout it on social

Tell your social media friends and followers that you've joined Team Bradford by updating your cover image on Facebook and Twitter. Download these images, then update your social covers!

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International and EU students

With 15% of our students joining us from outside the UK, we are used to giving newcomers to Bradford a very warm welcome.

You'll get to take part in our orientation programme with talks, tours and social events.

We also provide an airport pick up service from Leeds Bradford and Manchester Airports - book your place by 1 September.

There is lots of useful information to help you get started on our International website, and you can download our pre-arrival booklet below.

International and EU Students
International and EU pre-arrival information
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