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Pre-registration is an important first step that all of our new students need to take.

About pre-registration

Pre-registration provides you with the terms and conditions related to your studies. We collect data for our statutory return and give you information about your course and fees. You also have the opportunity to consent to the sharing of your data so that the University can contact you with important updates and information, and provide support services to help you through your studies.

How to pre-register online

You will receive an email letting you know when pre-registration is open. This will usually be a couple of days after you have accepted your place at the University. It’s important that you complete pre-registration as soon as possible.

  1. Go to Surrey Self-Service.
  2. If you have previously accessed the applicant portal you can log in with these details. Otherwise follow the "New user" instructions when prompted. You can find your university number on all correspondence from the University.
  3. Click on ‘Registration’ and complete the required steps.

We recommend that you complete pre-registration by 11 September where possible.

If you cannot see the option to pre-register when visiting Surrey Self-Service please wait 24 to 48 hours.

On completion of pre-registration, you’ll receive your ‘Confirmation of pre-registration’ via email, which you can either print or save to your phone. Please bring this along to your main registration session when you arrive on campus.

As part of your pre-registration you will be required to disclose any relevant criminal convictions.

We advise you to re-visit course pages prior to completing pre-registration, as sometimes it’s necessary to make amendments to module titles, content and availability.

    What you need to pre-register 

    You will need:

    • Your university number (you can find this on all correspondence from the University as well as in the first welcome emails sent to you)
    • A photo of yourself for your campus card (see details below)
    • Documents as proof of your eligibility to study (see details below).

    As part of the pre-registration process you will be asked to upload a photo of yourself, which will be used for your campus card. Your campus card will be pre-printed and available for you to collect when you register in person.

    Only those students who have completed pre-registration and uploaded a photo by 11 September will have their campus card pre-printed.

    Anyone completing pre-registration after 11 September (or if your uploaded photo is not suitable), will have to have their photo taken as part of the main registration process on campus.

    We encourage you to complete pre-registration and upload your photo by 11 September as this will save you time when you arrive on campus.

    Please note that distance learners do not need to upload a photo. You will be able to create and collect your campus card from the Library when you visit campus for the first time.

    We are required to make sure all our students are eligible to study in the UK. We’re asking for UK and EU nationals to upload documents as part of pre-registration, which will be stored securely on your student record. 

    To show your right to study, you will be required to upload one of the following documents: 

    • UK or EU passport – specifically the photo page where nationality is shown. Please upload a clear copy, with none of the important information obscured
    • EU/EEA national identity card
    • Birth certificate and additional documentation (if you are British but do not hold a passport)
    • Visa/immigration documentation – for example, if you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain, please upload your BRP card or stamp/sticker in your passport.

    Unfortunately, we cannot accept a driving licence as evidence of your eligibility to study. 

    Make sure you upload a document you will be able to bring with you to main registration as we will need to verify this – it must be valid and ideally shouldn’t expire before the start of your course. 

    If you’re not able to upload a document, we’ll need to take a scan in Welcome Week, which may delay the completion of your main registration. 

    Course-specific guidance

    All new health sciences students must complete the following forms prior to their arrival at the University:

    • Occupational health form
    • Online DBS application
    • Online locality questionnaire.

    You will have received an email from the University asking you to complete these forms. If you’ve not received this please email Admissions.

    As a current student of the University you need to re-register for your course. You should have already received details of the process by email, but if you have not yet re-registered please visit Surrey Self-Service.

    Log in using your University username and password to complete the process.

    Please note that the University's general regulations require all students to re-register at the beginning of each academic year. If you are having difficulty logging in, please email the IT service desk.

    For any other query, please choose ‘ASK Surrey’ from the menu on Surrey Self-Service.