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Arrival

Read our guidance below to prepare for your arrival at your halls of residence, ready to move in.

Arriving in September

Arrivals Weekend for the academic year 2016/17 is over Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September.

Prior to moving into halls, you will be emailed the online e-induction. In this e-induction you will learn about the arrivals process and what you can expect when you move into your new home.

Once you have completed the e-induction, you will be able to book an arrival slot. The slots are time specific and will give you the time to unload and unpack with the help of our welcome assistants onsite.

We understand that it may not be possible to arrive at your scheduled time, but please do try to keep to your booked time as much as possible to reduce congestion on the day.

Upon arriving at your Halls of Residence car park, you will be issued with a parking permit. The permit will have an expiry time from when your key is issued to you and should allow enough time to check in and unpack. We ask that when you have unpacked that you move your car offsite or to the signposted long stay carpark to allow other residents the opportunity to move in. Those arriving at Mayflower will be asked to move their vehicle to a pay and display car park in the city centre as we are unable to offer free parking outside of the scheduled arrival slot.

Alternative car parking is available on Highfield Campus, and unilink will be running buses throughout arrivals weekend to transport passengers to and from the Campus and the Halls.

You will be able to book an arrival slot up for up to two weeks following the arrivals weekend. If you intend on arriving after this, please contact Residences by email at accommodation@soton.ac.uk as failure to do so may result in termination of your contract. Please note if you are arriving late you will still be charged from your contract start date.

Arriving at another time

Prior to moving into halls, you should complete the online e-induction. This provides you with important information about living in halls.

You can move into your Hall from the date your accepted contract begins. To find this date log into your online accommodation account, navigate to the Contracts section and view your accepted contract.

If you intend on arriving after your contract start date, then please let us know by emailing accommodation@soton.ac.uk as failure to do so may result in termination of your contract. Please note that if you are arriving late you will still be charged from your contract start date.

When moving into halls, please head to the halls reception to collect your keys. You will need proof of ID (for example, your passport) and your student ID. Our receptions are open 24 hours a day, including over weekends.

Please note that parking restrictions apply in halls during term time. If you are arriving by car, you will need to purchase a visitor parking permit for your halls of residence via the online store. Please note that parking is not available at Mayflower or City Gateway halls. However, residents arriving for City Gateway can apply for a visitor parking permit for our nearby site, Wessex Lane.

Halls guide

Our halls guide provides information about moving in, services, facilities and getting around

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