Welcome to Southwark College! We understand that starting College at a new place can be confusing, so we've put together this guide to your first two weeks with us. You can find information about everything from your first day and how to travel to campus, to our term dates and some of the freebies you can enjoy as a student. Welcome, and we hope you enjoy your time with us!
- Getting started
Got your place and enrolled? Great! Have you got everything you need to make a successful start at College? Here’s a handy list of commonly asked questions to make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running:
What if I don’t have my Student ID?
Before you can start at the College you will need to collect your Student ID. If you weren’t able to get yours during enrolment, don’t worry – all you need to do is bring your Learner Agreement with you on your first day of College. We recommend you come in at least 30 minutes before your course starts to allow enough time to get your pass.
What if I don’t have my timetable?
You should already have received your course timetable, but if not, you can pick one up on the morning your course starts. If you need to do this, please come in early to allow enough time before your lessons start.
Where can I eat?
You’ll find there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat at College. As well as having an on-site canteen, our campus is conveniently located close to a wide range of cafes, restaurants, shops and street food stalls.
Do you have free wifi on campus?
Yes, we do!
- Travelling to College
Do you know how to get to campus?
Here's our address and a handy guide to the best transport links and routes to get you to College:
25 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF
Buses: 1, 4, 26, 45, 59, 63, 100, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 381
Tube: Waterloo or Southwark
Rail: Waterloo or Waterloo East
For more information about facilities and the local area, check out our campus page.
- Finding your way around
It’s never easy coming to a new place with unfamiliar streets, buildings and classrooms. You’ll be sure to pick it up in time, but to help you find your way around in your early days at the College, you can use our campus map. Don’t forget, you can always ask a member of staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction!
- What is there to do?
Our campus is close to the vibrant South Bank creative arts district, with renowned theatres the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Globe and the National Theatre, as well as the IMAX cinema. You'll also find a host of street food stalls, cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
For more information about facilities and the local area, check out our campus page
- Important dates
Here’s a list of key dates throughout the year. To get the most out of your College experience, keep an eye on the News & Events page of our website for information on upcoming events.
Autumn Term Monday 5 September 2018 – Friday 21 October 2018
Half Term: Monday 24 October 2018 – Friday 28 October 2018
Monday 31 October 2018 – Friday 16 December 2018
College Closed Monday 26 December 2018 – Monday 2 January 2019 Spring Term Tuesday 3 January 2019 – Friday 10 February 2019
Half Term: Monday 13 February 2019 – Friday 17 February 2019
Monday 20 February 2019 – Friday 31 March 2019
Summer Term Tuesday 18 April 2019 – Friday 26 May 2019
Half Term: Monday 29 May 2019 – Friday 2 June 2019
Monday 5 June 2019 – Friday 7 July 2019
Admin Week 10 July 2019 – 14 July 2019
Public Holidays Summer Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2018 Christmas and Boxing day Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December 2018 New Year's Holiday Monday 2 January 2019 Good Friday Friday 14 April 2019 Easter Monday Monday 17 April 2019 May Bank Holiday Monday 1 May 2019 Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 2019
- Student Support and guidance
Our Student Services are there to help you throughout your time at College. Drop in and see them if you’d like help or guidance in the following areas:
- Finance and funding
- Careers information and guidance
- Special Educational Needs (SEN)
If you ever find yourself in need of support, or just want to have a confidential chat with an objective member of staff, feel free to visit Student Services at any time during your studies.
- Get Involved!
Do you want to become involved in the local community, or gain some experience while meeting new people and making new friends? Students have lots of opportunities to volunteer – like being one of our Student Ambassadors who help out at events in and around the College. You may have met some of them at one of our Open Days or Enrolment.
As well as volunteering, there are lots of other opportunities to get involved. We offer a great range of clubs – including Film Club, Street Dance or Zumba – which give you the chance to learn or improve a skill, take a break from studying, and meet students on other courses.
- Student guides and resources
Whether you’re continuing your education or coming back to College after a break, we can all use a little bit of guidance at times! We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite guides and forums where students of all ages can share their experiences and help each other out.
- Fresher's Fair
Whether you’re continuing your education or coming back to College after a break, we can all use a little bit of guidance at times! We put on a great Fresher's Fair in the Autumn to introduce you to all of the services at college, and you can pick up some great samples and freebies at the same time - what's not to love?
- Fun freebies for students!
One of the best things about being a student is all the opportunities, events and discounts you’re eligible to use!
Don’t forget to sign up for your TOTUM (formerly NUS Extra) Card on the NUS website. This gives you access to exclusive offers for students with a range of retailers including beauty, entertainment, eating out, music and travel brands.
Also don’t forget to sign up for your free UNiDAYS account, giving you discounts at a huge range of retailers such as ASOS, Top Shop, Just Eat, Spotify, and many more!