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Tasks to Complete Before Arrival

Congratulations on receiving an offer to attend St Cuthbert's Society! We look forward to meeting you soon in Durham. As you prepare to come to Durham, there are a few forms to fill in and boxes you need to tick to ensure that we're ready to welcome you when you arrive. Please use the checklist below as your guide to what you need to sort out over the next couple of weeks. You do not need to complete them in the order listed, however, you will need to complete certain tasks before you can log in to do others. There are also links on the left- and right-hand sides, which contain more information to help you through the process.

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham, please contact:

  • Postgraduates:
  • Tel: 0191 334 3400

Task to complete

Additional Information

1. Register with a Doctor

For further information please click here.

2. Complete Student Enrolment and Register for Modules

Follow the steps on this webpage. Note you will not be able to fill in your term time address, or some other details until the accommodation allocation process has taken place.

3. Arrival Form

Please complete this form if you will be living in college accommodation to ensure we know your correct arrival date and time. The form can be found here.

Please ensure that you have read the arrival information for Postgraduate students: Information for home students can be found here and information for international PG students can be found here.

4. Complete College Mentor Information Form

All first-year postgraduate students can opt-in for a college mentor. Please complete this Mentor Information Form if you are interested in the scheme.

5. Complete the Consent Matters course online

You will receive an automated email from the University informing you that you are required to take the course with a direct link to the course. You will need to sign in to the Oracle Learning platform using your normal login details (this will include using Multi-factor authentication). You will need to select the offering and then click on the Enrol button to access the modules and quiz. The following link provides User Guides to the system in case there are any queries on how to use this.   

Human Resources & Organisational Development : User Guides - Durham University

6. The Junior Common Room (JCR)

Read all about the Junior Common Room, the student body of Cuth's, here. This includes information on how to join.

7. Read the Postgraduate handbook and the JCR Handbook

The Postgraduate handbook is available here: Postgraduate Handbook

The JCR handbook is available here: JCR Freshers' Handbook 2021 updated

8. Keep up to date with the College and the JCR through our social media accounts.

Follow the College:

Follow the JCR:

9. Join the Cuth's Postgraduates Facebook Group.

Cuth's Postgraduates

11. Read the University's guide to Planning your Finances

Find the information here:

12. Read the General Information about Tuition Fees and Residence Charges

This info can be found here

13. Read the University's Sports Letter

Further information will be available soon.

14. Read the College Handbook.

The college handbook can be found online here. A PDF version can be found here: Student Handbook 2021-2022

15. International Student VISA & Passport Information

Passport & VISA checking (Right to Study) will be completed in person and information will be emailed to you in the weeks before the start of your course.

Biometric Resident Card Collection – further information can be found here - BRP Collection - Durham University

Police Letter – if you require a letter for police registration in line with VISA requirements please click here for the form.

For further information please visit - Visa and Immigration Requirements on Arrival - Durham University

16. Bank Letter - Opening a UK Bank Account


Once you are fully registered you will be able to download a bank letter from Banner Self Service, please log on to DUO account go to Banner Self Service, click on faculty services then student letters and proceed to click on international bank letter and follow the instructions.



17. Sign up for JCR Membership.

The JCR Levy is a one-off payment* of £53.50 at the beginning of the year for postgrad students. 90+% of students join the JCR and being a member means you can join Cuth's sports and societies, use our gyms and library, run for election, get involved in our committees including outreach, social, welfare, and finance committee, and have discounted tickets to our events! The JCR uses the money to fund our events and committees and subsidise sports and societies for everyone, ensuring opportunities at Cuth's are as accessible as possible!

To sign up for the JCR please click here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Alfie at

*Please note- the JCR Levy can be paid in instalments upon request to

18. Orientation Information Videos

Fire Safety Information Video

Police Safety Information Video 

Academic Skills Support Information Video 


19. Postgraduate Welcome Formal Dinner 

To sign up for Postgraduate welcome formal dinner taking place on Friday 24th September, please complete the following form here – sign up closes Friday 17th September or until all places are taken.

20. Optional Items (Bedding Pack, Gown and Donation)

Please follow the link here to order. Please note: the bedding pack comprises a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase and a sheet. A useful option for international students.