The Online Registration process for new students is the first of two steps you will need to complete to be a fully registered student of the University of Greenwich.

The first step to formally enrol at the University of Greenwich is to complete Online Registration.  

For most students, Online Registration should be completed before the first day of your course (Postgraduate Research Students should not start Online registration until their official start date) and can be completed from any device with internet connection, although we would recommend a computer or laptop over a mobile phone so you can read all the information clearly.  

It is where you will need to check certain details from your application, update information if it has changed or provide extra information we need. It is also the place where you pay your tuition fees, or confirm how they will be paid, and will also give you the chance to choose the photo you want to use for your Greenwich Gateway Card.  

To do this you will need: 

  • To have completed all the applications and admission steps, including meeting any conditions attached to your offer, returned any necessary forms sent to you (such as a fee assessment form)
  • Your university username and password for the Student Portal
  • To log into the Student Portal
  • Click the Online Registration that is on the Student Portal home page

illustration showing Online Registration link*An illustration of what the online registration link looks like is above.  

  • Follow the instructions on the screen, checking, updating and providing the information required
  • Finish Online Registration 
  • Read the details on what the next steps are on the summary page

If you are studying at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway and have completed Online Registration, then more information on what to do next can be found on our Completing Registration page.  

If you are studying as a Distance Learner or at one of our Partner or Network Colleges then click the appropriate link on our main Registration home page for more information about how you complete your registration.  

You can find more detail about each section of Online Registration and what you need to do at each step below.

Stage one: student declaration

In this section read the details carefully as here you are required to agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the university. You will guided to read the full documentation.

This will include:

You may also wish to check our Student regulations, policies and procedures and the university's corporate policies.

Once you have read the documents, simply press the 'I Agree' button to continue. You may not proceed with the rest of the process until you have done so.

Postgraduate Research Students should not start this step of Registration until the official start date on their offer and contract letter.

Stage two: personal registration

In this section you are required to check and, if needed, update the personal details we currently have on your record, i.e. your name, nationality, contact details, etc.

If you are a new student and your names, date of birth, gender or nationality are incorrect, do not worry at this stage. Simply continue with Online Registration and we will update these when you come in for Face to Face checks when we check your ID (or if you are a Distance Learner or studying at a Partner College, when we are sent these details) .

If you are a continuing student or have changed your name you will need to provide us with appropriate  evidence (e.g. marriage certificate), by contacting your Student Centre or your college.

Protected Characteristics

You will be asked about certain sensitive or protected characteristics such as, gender identity, religious belief and sexual orientation.  You will need to select an option from the drop downs provided, however there will be an option available if you do not want to provide this information.  


The university requires your address information and it is important you understand the difference between them and the way in which the university uses them:

Your Permanent Address is the one you consider to be your main address, for example where you live with your parents or where you return to at the end of each term. If you are an international student your Permanent Address should be in your country of permanent residence and you will need to enter a Term Time Address or Mailing Address while in the UK.

Your Term Time Address is where you live during term time and you only need to enter an address here if it is different from your Permanent Address. If it isn't, then you do not need to enter an address here. Students living in university Halls of Residence will not need to enter a term time address here as we do that automatically for you at the point you move in.

Your Mailing Address is an address the university uses for all correspondence with you. You do not need to enter a Mailing Address if it is not different from your Permanent Address and if you do, this is the one the university will use in preference to all others when sending you anything by post.

UK addresses are derived from the postcode you enter. If the address is very new, it may not be recognised by the system, in which case use the 'send a comment' query available on the page to give us your full new address. This query will show on the Query Tracker and should only take 24 hours or so to be completed. This query, completed or not will not stop you in the online registration process.

Important note for continuing students:

At the end of the registration process the university will send you your Greenwich Gateway Card by post if you have an address in the UK. We will use addresses in the following order of priority to send your card:

Priority 1: Mailing Address
Priority 2: Term Time Address
Priority 3: Permanent Address

If you do not have a UK address when you register, your card will be kept for collection at your  campus Student Centre. Please check their opening hours before visiting.

For students studying at a college, your card will be sent to your college for collection.

For more information about cards, check our Greenwich Gateway Card page.

Emergency contacts

This contact will only ever be used in case of emergency. Please make sure you alert your chosen contact before adding their details. You need to add at least one contact before you can continue with the registration process.

Stage three: education history

In this section you will find details of your education history.

It is crucial that details about previously awarded qualifications are correct on your record. Please check the information carefully, paying particular attention to the qualification type and grade columns of the Education History table. Please use the system queries as set out below to let us know of any incorrect data or simply to add data.

It is also important that you are able to prove you have those qualifications, so do not list any qualification that you have no proof of award for.

Previous Institution

You will need to select the last school or college that you attended.  The institutions are listed in alphabetical order so you might have to scroll through a few options.

Please try and find your previous institution, however if you cannot find it then please add the details yourself.

If HESA/SCOTVEC numbers are not known

This section starts by asking you to fill in a few details about yourself. If you do not know what your ULN, HESA or SCOTVEC number is, just leave the box blank. If you are registering on a teacher training programme but do not know your teacher reference number, also leave the box blank. This will not stop your online registration.

Education History table

Qualification Type

It is very important that the qualification type and level (eg NVQ, GCE Advanced, Degree) that we have entered here is correct as this may have major implications under government regulations regarding equivalent or lower level qualifications (ELQ's).

This will affect students who, for example, have already got a BA or BSc who may wish to study for another BA or BSc in a different subject. It will not affect students who have an undergraduate degree who wish to study for a Masters or students who have a foundation degree studying for a first degree.

More information on ELQs


Please note: when we enter the subject details of your qualifications on to your record we use a coding system that often 'rounds up' the subject to something close to the one you were studying.

For example:

  • Physical Education becomes Sports Science
  • or Care becomes Nursing
  • or Childhood Studies becomes Others in Education

this will happen where we don't have a specific category for your subject.

Please do not use the query box to check the subject if it is close to the subject you were studying; you will have an opportunity to do this at Part 2: Registration Checks. However, if the subject is completely different e.g. you studied English and your subject is showing as Chemistry, then please do use the box to request a change.

Grade, Date Awarded, Exam Period

Please make sure these are accurate particularly the grade you received for each qualification as this will be checked at Part 2: Registration Checks.

If your qualifications are not recorded on the Education History form or there are some missing, then please use the blank form below the Education History Table to add them in. Again, please be careful to ensure the correct qualification type and grade are entered as we will be checking these later in the process against your original certificates.

If you believe we have entered your qualification details incorrectly (bearing in mind what has been said earlier about the subject) please use the third box on the page to let us know. We will try and correct mistakes before you complete registration but do not worry if we don't, we'll catch up with this and correct it later.

Stage four: programme confirmation

In this section you are asked to check and agree the: 

  • Programme (e.g. BA H Architecture)
  • Mode (e.g. Full Time, Part Time) and 
  • year (e.g. 1) of study you are about to register to. 

It is important that this detail is accurate as it will determine you have access to the right timetables and course materials as well as making sure the level of fee you are charged is correct. 

Do not agree this detail if you do not think it is correct. 

If you believe this is not the programme you were offered (and please check your offer letter against what is displayed here) then please use the 'Notify a Change to my programme' query to tell us.  

Any changes of programme, mode or year will need to be agreed with your Faculty (or the International Office if you are an international student) and may take over five working days to process.  

During this time you will not be able to proceed with the registration process and you should check the Query Tracker for a response to your query at regular intervals.  Please try to be patient while waiting for a response and if you have already submitted a query, don't be tempted to follow it up with an email or phone call as this may slow the process down. Once you have received a response you may continue with the registration process.

Students registering on a PGCE programme will be asked to provide further information at this stage.

Please note: The Academic Session will start in the Autumn of one year and finish the following Summer.  This means that you will often see an Academic Session shown as two years (e.g. 2019/20).  This means that any student starting anytime between September 2019 to July 2020 will registering in the 2019/20 academic session.

Stage five: course selection

In this section you will see displayed the courses attached to your record for your programme of study. If you have a query regarding the courses listed, please use the Query Courses facility and check the Query Tracker for a response. When you are satisfied the courses listed are those you should be studying, press the continue button to move on to the next stage.

Important note:

If your programme structure is not definite, you may see "dummy courses" on your record, which reflect the number of credits you are studying. You will have to contact your Faculty/Department in order to replace them with labelled courses, either during or shortly after the registration process.

Direct Entry students to any level above level 1 may make option choices here but they are subject to agreement by your Faculty.

Stage six: fees payment

How you complete the fee payment section of online registration depends on who is paying your fees so you will need to select the right option for you.

If the university has received confirmation on how your fees will be paid (e.g. Student Loan Company, Student Finance England or employer) or are receipt of the years tuition fee, this will be highlighted on the screen.

If you are expecting your tuition fees to be covered by a Student Support Provider (e.g. Student Finance England (SFE), Wales or NI, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance services European Team (EU Team) we may allow you to continue through Online Registration, however please read the information on awaiting confirmation of fee support page.


If you are expecting support from an employer or official sponsor we will need an official letter confirming set information and the necessary detail can be found on our paying your fees webpages.  You will not be able to progress through Online Registration unless we have evidence of sponsorship.  

Please note a parent or guardian is not considered an official sponsor.  

Queries and more detail

If you need clarification of your fees at this stage you can enter a 'Fee Payment Query' or 'query fee' and a member of Finance staff will respond to you through the Query Tracker. 

More information about paying your fees

Stage seven: image upload

The university requires an image of you for identification purposes and guidance on what sort of picture and how to upload it can be found here. If you do not manage to upload an image at this stage it will not hold up the process for you, so don't worry.

If you are studying at one of the main university campuses (Avery Hill, Greenwich or Medway) and cannot upload an image, please tell us when you come to complete your Face to Face Checks and we will be able to take one on the day you visit us.  

If you are a Distance Learner or you study at a college, please e-mail us an electronic picture at Your e-mail should contain:

  • your full name
  • your student ID number
  • your picture saved as your ID number (00xxxxxxx) in the correct format

Please also ensure your address is correct on record so that the card is sent to the appropriate address.

Visit our Greenwich Gateway Card page for more information.

How to upload an image

All photographs must be:

  • Recent and of a good likeness
  • A close up of your head and shoulders so that your face covers approximately 65 to 75% of the photograph
  • Taken against a plain off-white, cream or light grey background so that your features are clearly distinguishable against the background
  • Of you on your own (no other people or objects visible)
  • Be in sharp focus and clear i.e. not blurred

The photograph must show:

  • No shadows
  • Your full face, looking straight at the camera
  • A relaxed expression, you may smile if you wish
  • Your eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or heavily tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes)
  • No reflection on your spectacles: if you wear them the frames should not cover your eyes
  • Your full head, without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • Your face uncovered

Still having difficulty?

If you are experiencing difficulties uploading your image, do not worry, you can still complete Online Registration.  The purpose of uploading your image now is simply to speed up the face-to-face stage for you.

Stage eight: personal details confirmation

This section confirms you have completed Online Registration

It also provides a summary of the information you have agreed, and tells you what you need to do to complete Face to Face Checks based on your circumstances, where you are studying and your programme requirements. 

Read your summary carefully so you know what you need to do as this may not be the same as your friends/other students on the same programme of study.

What next: completing your registration

Where and when you complete your Face to Face Checks depends on where you are taught. 

If you are a student based on one of the main campuses you will complete these checks on the campus and will have a slot arranged that should be on your first week timetable.  For more information visit the the completing registration web pages.  

Students at network and partner colleges will complete their checks at their college, and distance learners via post. .

Password Self-Service Management 

After you have completed Online Registration, why not take some time setting up password self-service.  The university requires you to change you password every 120 days, so this is a great opportunity to set up this service to stop you getting locked out in future.  

Voter Registration

At the end of Online Registration you will be given the option to register to vote.  More information will be provided on the screen.

Opening dates and times

Starting a programme in January 2020

Online Registration will be open from:

09:00 Tuesday 3rd December 2019 to 09:00 Monday 3rd February 2020

Tier 4 international students must have arrived in the UK and completed all aspects of registration before this date to ensure they comply with UKVI regulations.

Online Registration will close for Christmas from:

17:00 Wednesday 18th December 2019 to 09:00 Thursday 2nd January 2020

During this time students will be unable to complete any stages of Online Registration

Getting started

1. Login to the Student Portal

2. Click the "Online Registration" button on the Home Page of the portal to begin the process

image of online registration button 

3. Read the guidance notes to help you through the process

4. Check what to do if you need further help

What if you have a query?

Within the online registration process, you will be able to query important information should you think it incorrect. For example your courses, your fees, etc. These queries are picked up by our staff who will then answer your queries on the system. In some instances, these queries will stop you from continuing registering. This is to ensure you only proceed with correct information. You may also be stopped automatically within the process, usually so that we can check your fees before you reach the fee payment stage. All queries appear at the start of the online registration process in your 'Query Tracker'.

The Query Tracker is our query management system, where all registration queries show. There, you can follow the progress of each query, checking its status, which will show either:

P = Processing (not yet resolved)
CComplete (query resolved: continue with online registration)
A = Awaiting information (query not resolved, awaiting authorisation from Faculty or other office for change of student record)

We will add a comment next to the status of the query if further action is required from you, or if we have provided explanations for your situation. Please make sure you read these carefully. Most queries will be actioned a couple of days after you have logged your query but some may take longer, especially if they need to be approved by another department, so please do not send us the same query more than once.

A query showing in red indicates that you cannot continue the online registration process. This is to ensure that your record is correct before you reach certain stages of the process. You will need to check for an answer/completion regularly. Other processing queries that are not in red will not stop you in the process and you will be able to proceed.