New students

Aston Freshers' Jan 2018

Aston Freshers' is open to all new students to help you settle into your new home. There will be a mixture of academic, practical, cultural, social and fun activities. Many are free, and all are designed to help you make new friends, prepare for your studies and settle in to life at Aston quickly and easily.

If you are new to the UK, Aston Freshers’ is your opportunity to sort out the practicalities of moving to another country, such as finding out about healthcare and getting used to a new culture and language.

Attendance is highly recommended – whether you’re a home or an international student, have a disability, commute in to campus or if you’ve never lived away from home before – we have a variety of events in place to help you settle in.

Make sure to download the myAston app - this is where you will find your academic and social timetable, important news and information and how to find your way around campus. If you don't have a smart phone, your timetable will also be available in webview mode.

Check this page closer to January for the full programme of activities.

At enrolment, you will get your UniCARD (University ID card) so that you can access university buildings, and you may need to provide original documents such as your qualifications, passport and visa (if applicable).

Aston University will contact you via email to let you know about your enrolment date and time, and exactly what you need to bring with you.

Check our enrolment guide here for more information.

Check back closer to September for the full programme of Freshers' events and activities.

On-campus accommodation

If you would like to find accommodation on-campus, there are a range of styles and options to cater for your budget.

Check out what’s on offer and apply via our website here.

Off-Campus Accommodation

If you will not be studying at Aston for a full academic year, you’ll need to find your own accommodation in the areas surrounding the University.

Birmingham is fortunate in that it boasts a wide variety of alternative accommodation options for students that are well connected by bus and rail links.

However, there are still a number of things to take into consideration when seeking off-campus accommodation. Short term lets are not as easy to find as long term lets, and you may need to look at areas further from the campus. Please seek advice and start your search early.

Alternative off-campus accommodation types:

  • Private student halls
  • Shared house
  • Flats/Studios
  • Homestay Landlords


Aston Student Homes is the official students’ union accommodation support service – check here first for any available rooms. Make sure to check the message board too!

Aston University Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) provide advice on finding accommodation off campus. 

The ARC also offers an accommodation contract checking service. Once you have found accommodation, we recommend that you bring your contract for one of the advisers to check before you sign it to help avoid any issues or disputes after you move in.

If you are an international student, it’s a good idea to arrive in the UK early so that you can view properties and make arrangements in person. Remember to book some temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in the UK!

Aston Welcome


International Student Support team (immigration queries)

Aston Student Homes / Advice and Representation Centre (ARC)