Now you have received your offer, take your time to look at the essential information below regarding your next steps towards becoming an RVC student.
my Application (undergraduates only)
All undergraduates who have applied through UCAS or VMCAS should have access to an application portal called my Application. This enables you to upload all your necessary documents - it may be worth taking a look in there now just to check you have done everything. Some applicants will have uploads for a future Level 3 or degree qualification, particularly if it is an qualification that does not always come through UCAS - do ensure you upload your transcript/certificate(s) as soon as you get them.
AHEMS (Graduate Accelerated BVetMed students only)
It is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) mandatory requirement that all students undertake 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry EMS (in addition to 26 weeks of Clinical EMS) as part of the Veterinary Medicine degree course. An AHEMS handbook has been sent by email so that you can plan and/or carry out some in advance.
Occupational Health (all students)
All offers of a place at the RVC are conditional on successful occupational health clearance. The RVC uses the Central and North West London NHS as its Occupational Health (OH) provider. You will be emailed a health questionnaire, normally once your offer status is unconditional, which you will need to complete as soon as possible so that there is no delay to your enrolment.
NB: whilst this does assess your fitness to study at the RVC, the main purpose of the assessment is to determine what assistance and support we can provide to you whilst you are here. It is essential we are aware of health issues (physical or mental) that could affect your learning or well-being whilst at the College so we can put the right support structures in place for you. Therefore, please be comprehensive when filling in the form.
Applicants with learning differences or other long-term medical or mental health conditions who wish to know more about the support available should download the following document: Information for Applications 2020-21
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Vet Medicine/Vet Nursing only)
If you are due to begin a professional programme at the RVC, you will have a button at the bottom of my Application which enables you to complete your Criminal Convictions Declaration (CCD). This should be completed as soon as possible, even if you have nothing to declare, so other processes are not delayed. The deadline for completion is 30 June 2020. However, if you do have something to declare, it's even more vital you complete this now as the process for assessing these can take several weeks.
Paying deposits (international students only)
If you are an international student, in order to secure your place on the course, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of circa 10% of your first year fee. The actual amount will be detailed in your offer and will be deducted from tuition. You should have already received details of how to pay your deposit and been linked to the online payment form. If you have any queries, please contact Admissions.
Once your offer is only conditional on paying your deposit, we recommend you do this as soon as possible so that everything is in place. If your offer is conditional on other things, such as academic results or references, you should not pay your deposit until you have met these conditions.
Payment reports are received once or twice weekly so there may be a small delay between you sending the form and getting confirmation of payment/your status updated.
Applying for accommodation
Offer-holders are sent an Accommodation Pack by email. If you are due to enrol with the RVC in the next three months and have not received any information about RVC accommodation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (the postgraduate pack is sent late June). You can view information regarding available accommodation here (Camden) and here (Hawkshead).
The Application Process
If you wish to apply for accommodation at the RVC for September 2021 entry, you will need to complete the Accommodation Preference Survey. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a non-priority basis for as long as places remain available. Please consider the options you select carefully and only select options that you would be happy to accept a place in. In the event you are allocated a place and decline this for a place on the waiting list, you will be placed at the bottom of the list.
How Accommodation is Allocated
Where possible we try to allocate an applicant’s first or second choice for accommodation. However we cannot guarantee a place in accommodation and preference for College Grove will normally be given to overseas residents and applicants based on the distance they live from the Camden Campus. Unconditional and conditional offer holders are treated equally and applications are not considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Please note that although preference for accommodation is given based on distance, this does not guarantee a place in College Grove. To ensure a diverse mix of students, we ensure that there is a mix of UK and International students allocated to this hall.
If you are in private rented accommodation and are not sure about the contract or need further advice and assistance, contact the University of London’s Housing Service, www.housing.london.ac.uk. You will also be able to view lists of potential properties to rent.
Advice about looking for housing in London – how to go about it and the pitfalls to avoid - can be found on the University of London Private Housing Guide website. This will guide you through the process of planning your search, inspecting properties, signing the contract and paying deposits.
About two weeks before you enrol you will be invited to complete online pre-enrolment. You will be sent an email containing full instructions on how to complete this process. You will need to enrol online for each academic year of your course. If any of your details change during the year, you can use RoVer to update your details. Once you are enrolled, there are also helpful letters available to you such as your Council Tax Exemption Certificate and a letter to confirm your student status to your bank or landlord.
The same credentials you use to access the eRegistry web portal (RoVer) will also allow you access almost all other RVC systems, including RVC Learn (the online learning environment) and your RVC email account, as well as connecting to Wi-Fi through ‘eduroam’ when you arrive.
You will not be able to prove student status until you are enrolled at the RVC.
The Welcome Pack contains important information and tools you'll need prior to arrival, including:
- an arrival to UK checklist (for those overseas)
- an enrolment checklist
- information about clothing and equipment to buy/pre-order before arrival
- information about healthcare and vaccinations
- links to documents you need to read before you enrol
... and much more.
Additionally, the RVC does not publish or recommend pre-reading prior to arrival. Our advice is to enjoy your summer as much as you can.
Please also see the below information from the RVC's registered charity the Animal Care Trust, and the College's Alumni and Community Relations teams.
Community Relations team - including information on the RVC's freecycle rooms featuring useful items from previous RVC students