Online pre-registration

All students are required to complete online pre-registration before starting their course.

You will have received an email with a link to pre-register online. Online pre-registration allows us to prepare for your arrival, including setting up your university email and resolving any outstanding issues with your application, so it's important to complete this process as soon as possible.

We can also have your student identification card created in advance - all you have to do is upload your photo.

If you experience any problems with online registration, or need any help or advice, please contact

Cumbria Card photo requirements

During the online registration process you will be asked to upload a passport style photograph. This photograph will be used on your university identity card, your 'Cumbria Card'.

If you already have a Cumbria card you do not need to upload a photograph unless you’d like a more recent photograph on your card. This step is NOT mandatory but it is advisable. It could reduce your queuing time at your registration event. The facility to upload a photograph will temporarily close 3 days before registration in September.

The photograph must:

  • be passport standard
  • be in portrait orientation (ie, higher than it is wide).
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • show your full head, without any head covering unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • show you on your own
  • be in colour
  • be taken within the last 12 months
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and a plain light background

To enable your photograph to be processed and printed onto your card, the image file should be less than 50kb in size and in JPG format. A photograph not meeting the requirements will be rejected and you will have to have your photo taken and card produced at your registration event.

University online image resizing service

Download the photo upload instructions (PDF)

What happens next?

Setting up your university account

In 24-48 hours, you will receive an email from IT asking you to set up the password for your accounts.

Registration events

If you fall into one of the following categories, you may need to attend a formal registration event at the beginning of the term. We will provide information on the arrangements in advance of your course start date.

  • All full-time students
  • Part-time students who have applied for funding from Student Finance England (SFE) or from the equivalent Scottish or Welsh funding bodies 
  • Masters students who have applied for funding from Student Finance England (SFE) or from the equivalent Scottish or Welsh funding bodies
  • International students on UK Home Office Tier 4 (General) Student Visas.
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