Find out how to register so you can start your studies and become part of our community.

You must complete registration by the end of the second week of teaching for your course. 

To be fully registered you must: 

Some students have additional steps to complete registration:

  • If you are on professional course
    Some professional courses require you to complete occupational health and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Your faculty will contact you if this is required.

Students on an online or distance learning course

If you are studying on a distance learning course, you have different steps to complete registration

How to register

To confirm your registration details, you need:

  • your student number (found at the top of your offer document) or your UCAS personal ID (undergraduate students only).
  • your family name (surname) and date of birth.

During registration, you will:

  1. Check your details are correct in your student record.
  2. Confirm your acceptance of the Student Agreement conditions.
  3. Create a password for your University of Bristol accounts. Keep it secure until you have memorised it.
  4. Download and save Your Registration Details. This contains important information, such as your student number and faculty.
  5. Set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your University of Bristol account to help keep your information secure.

If you have decided not to study or you want to defer until next year, contact your school or centre.

Confirm your registration details

Your school will confirm the deadline for registration.

If you are unsure how to answer any of the registration questions, refer to the help notes. If you need any further help, email

After you have confirmed your registration details

Once you have confirmed your details and set up multi-factor authentication, you will have access to your University of Bristol account, including email and Blackboard.

Find out more about the IT systems and tools available to help you get the most out of your learning.

Download the University of Bristol app to make the most of your time at Bristol (available from Google Play or the App Store).

Collect and activate your UCard

You must confirm your registration details and upload your photo to be able to collect your UCard.

Collect your UCard from the Card Services office at Royal Fort Lodge, BS8 1UH on Tyndall Avenue (opposite Senate House).

The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Activate your UCard

Once you have collected your UCard, you will need to swipe it on a wall-mounted card reader (or library entrance card reader) for 10 to 15 seconds to activate it and complete registration.

It may take up to 2 hours before our systems update and you are fully registered.

Students on an online or distance learning course

  1. Confirm your registration details.
  2. You will receive an email asking you to complete a Start your studies form when you are due to start your course induction. You will not be fully registered until you complete the form. 

Completing the form confirms you are ready to actively engage with study. You do not need to do it before the start date of your course.

Students on a distance learning course do not need to collect and activate a UCard. 

Returning students registration

Find out when and how to register for your next year of study.  

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