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Frequently Asked Questions

I am an Undergraduate - Can I move into my room before 26 September 2018?

Sorry, unfortunately not. The rooms are not available until after you have registered on registration day. There are many hotels and bed and breakfast facilities in the local area. Please note that you can register up until 4pm on registration day. Postgraduate students and those attending the International Induction, who have a different registration date, should refer to the information that they have been provided with regards to their start and move in dates.

What happens on Freshers’ Registration Day? 

This is the day when we ask all new undergraduate students to come to the campus to complete the registration process, and, for those of you living in Halls of Residence, for you to be able to collect your room key and settle in to your accommodation.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Registration guide for more details including the date, times and location.

Someone is dropping me off, do they need to stay?

The majority of students are accompanied by an adult who has driven them to the campus. You may want their help to ensure you have registered, collected your key, organised payments / finances, and with your unpacking, however, many students like to do this themselves. After this, guests tend to disperse to leave you to settle in and meet your new housemates.

Unfortunately, on-campus accommodation is not available for guests. There are a few hotels and B&B facilities in the local area.

Will my personal belongings be safe?

You are strongly advised to arrange insurance cover for your personal belongings. Many insurance companies offer reasonably priced contents insurance for students.

The University accepts no responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage, by theft, fire or other cause, of personal property or money on campus.

How do I let you know about a change to my personal details?

As part of online enrolment, you will have checked and provided us with some of your personal details. If any of these have changed, you should notify a member of the Admissions & Student Records (Registry) team at the registration desk on 26 September 2018. Alternatively, you are welcome to email the team at at any point in advance of registration. Once you are a registered you will be able to use the self-service function within the student portal. 

I have a form that needs to be completed – can anyone do this for me when I register?

If you have a form that requires a signature and stamp from the University to confirm that you have registered, please notify a member of the Admissions & Student Records (Registry) team at the registration desk on 26 September 2018 who will be able to help you. Please note that due to the numbers of students registering on this day, we may not be able to return the form to you the same day. This may be for example, medical support or a pension. If you prefer you will be welcome to visit the Registry office in Faccenda Centre (room FS1) at any point during induction.

When will I get my timetable and reading lists?

These will be given out as part of your two-day academic induction with the Course Team, commencing Thursday 27 September 2018, once you have chosen your optional modules. As timetables are personalised, based on the modules you select, we are unable to provide them in advance. You should expect initially to be in attendance between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday until your timetable is confirmed. 

What clothing/equipment will I need to bring with me?

A list of clothing and equipment needed for specific courses can be found on our website within the Fees and Charges booklet and on the Kit List page. Please pay particular attention if you are commencing a course where a lab coat is required, as this should be ordered in advance where possible. Please also refer to the accommodation kit list: Accommodation Checklist. For other things you need to consider if you are living on site. Please ensure that you have made the necessary arrangements to have everything you need in time for commencing the course. If you have any difficulty determining what you need and how to find it, please contact the Admissions Team and we will do our best to help.  

Do I need to name tag all of my clothes?

Yes (if you are in a hall with laundry)! With over 600 students living on campus our efficient laundry staff need to know exactly whose clothes belong to whom, just in case the odd sock or t-shirt goes astray during the washing and ironing process. Your washing will need to be sent to the Laundry in an appropriate laundry bag (cotton/linen and non-wired), which must also be clearly labelled with your name. You will only need to tag clothes which will be sent to the laundry, so if you are in halls where this is not available, or choose not to use it then you do not need to tag your clothes.

What ID do I need to bring?

It is essential that you provide ID at enrolment - this forms part of our checks to ensure that all students have the right to study in the UK. You are required to bring with you either your birth certificate or passport (passport is preferred). If you do not have either of these, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on what to bring. Please bring originals only. Without appropriate ID you will be unable to fully register for your course.

Will food be provided during Freshers' Week?

The on-site catering facilities will be open from registration day onwards. Food will be provided for all new students during the evening activities on Wednesday 26 September. Please note that if you are not in catered halls you will have to pay for, or provide, your own food from Thursday 27 September onwards.

Is there an electrician on site to PAT test my equipment?

No. You will need to arrange for your electrical items to be PAT tested (Portable Appliance Testing) before you arrive to ensure they comply with current safety regulations. This can be done by any registered electrician. Further details are in your accommodation information or from Student Services.

Do I need a TV licence if I have a TV in my room?

Yes. If you watch or record a TV programme live as it is being aired on TV, on any type of device, you must by law have a valid TV licence. Devices include TVs, laptops, tablets, PCs, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD recorders. You can find more information at:

Where is the nearest cash machine?

There is a cash machine on campus in the Welly Inn from which withdrawals are free. There are also a number of cash machines in Newport offering free withdrawals.

Is there a shop on campus?

The ‘Feed Store’ shop is located on the ground floor of the Faccenda Centre. The shop sells many essentials including toiletries, stationery and basic food items. The ‘Feed Store’ is open at the following times during term time:

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm
Are there any other shops near the campus?

Located at 27 High Street, Edgmond, Edgmond Village Stores is only 1.2 miles from the campus and is within walking distance. It is a local Spar and Post Office. The Post Office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 12:30pm.

Where is the nearest petrol station?
  Location Distance from university
Shell Lower Bar, Newport, TF10 7JA (Shop, Pay at Pump, Air) 2.2 Miles
Nix Forton Road, Newport, TF10 7JR 2.3 Miles
Where is the nearest supermarket?

There are two supermarkets in Newport:

Store Location Distance from univeristy
Waitrose Audley Road, Newport, TF10 7DS 3.1 miles
Aldi Audley Avenue, Newport, TF10 7BX 3.6 miles


There are several supermarkets in and around Telford:

Store Location Distance from univeristy
Aldi Wellington Road, Donnington Wood, Telford TF2 8AW 5.3 miles
Asda Donnington Wood, Telford, TF2 7RX 6.5 miles
Lidl Castle Street, Hadley, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 5GH 7.7 miles
Tesco Wrekin Retail Park, Arleston, Telford, TF1 2DE 9.7 miles
Sainsburys Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Old Park, Telford, TF3 4AG 10.9 miles


Many students order their groceries online and have them delivered to their Halls.

How can I get around if I don't have a car?

We run a free shuttle bus service during term time between the campus and Newport, which runs at regular intervals in the mornings, at lunch time and at the end of the day. More information and a current timetable can be found at:

Arriva buses run past the campus between Shrewsbury and Newport, with onward connections to Telford and Stafford. Timetables are available from Student Services in the Faccenda Centre.

The following shows approximate distances from the campus to the nearest major towns.

Town Miles by road Approximate driving time
Telford 12 20 Minutes
Stafford 16 30 Minutes
Shrewsbury 19 35 Minutes
Wolverhampton 23 35 Minutes
Birmingham 39 50 Minutes
Chester 44 1 Hour
Can I receive letters and parcels while I am in Halls?

Yes. All post will be available to be collected from a hub location within one of the Halls of Residence (tbc) and all students will be informed of its location and opening hours during induction. The post will be managed by the Residence Officers, who provide support to students out of hours. Please make sure you check your post at least once a week. Any items sent by Recorded or Special Delivery, or which are overtly personal (e.g. parcels, birthday cards, magazines, hospital letters and handwritten envelopes), will required you to show your student ID card before your item will be issued.

Can I get a job while I am studying?

Yes, (unless you are an overseas student who needs to comply with visa restrictions) you can work part-time but your hours must fit around your studies, so we recommend not committing to a job until you have your timetable confirmed.

There are a number of part-time jobs available on campus; students can be recruited as Harper Ambassadors to host potential students and their guests at open days and other events, and there are positions on offer in the SU Bar and in the catering outlets.

Alternatively students can seek part-time employment in the local area where the opportunities may include positions at retail and catering outlets and at nearby farms.

Is there a charge for using the sports facilities on campus?
The following are free: There is a small fee for
MUGA pitches (Basketball, Tennis, Football) Floodlit MUGAs
Heated outdoor swimming pool Gym
Sports Hall Squash Courts
Rugby Pitches  
Football Pitches  
Cricket Pitch  
Astro-turf pitch  

The Student Union also has sports equipment students can borrow free of charge.

Do you have any information about clubs and societies?

Harper Adams University is proud to host over 20 Clubs, Societies and Common interest groups with a diverse mix of members from all courses and backgrounds. From celebrated and highly successful sports clubs such Rugby, Hockey and Shooting to smaller student led initiatives such as Ballet and Modern Dance and Taekwon-Do. Harper also recognises that not all of our students are necessarily looking for sports to pursue in their spare time, so groups like the Video Gaming Society, the Christian Union, HOPS (Harper Outdoor Pursuits Society) as well as regional groups such as Harper Ireland and Harper Cymru remain popular, with organised activities and trips on a regular basis.

More information about sports facilities and other things on offer from the Support Officer for Sports, Societies & Participation at the Freshers’ Fair on Saturday 29 September 2018. Please also see our Sports and Facilities pages for more information.

I enjoy sports; can I pursue my interests locally?

As well as the clubs and facilities offered on campus, Newport boasts facilities which include a tennis club, cycling club, rugby club, running club, swimming baths, climbing centre, local fitness/gyms. Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre is world famous as a premier sporting venue and located less than 4 miles from the campus.

Can I bring my pet?

No. No pets are allowed on campus.

Can I bring my horse?

Yes, but they cannot come on campus and we suggest you don't bring them until you are fully settled in. The University cannot accept responsibility for helping you with any issues arising from bringing them. There is livery available at several locations nearby including a small family-run yard five minutes from campus, with all-year-round grazing and stabling offering DIY and part-livery options. For further details about this, and for information about other local yards, email

What does the local town have to offer?

For useful information about Newport town, visit the All About Newport website here


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