International Student Advisory Service

Life in Edinburgh

A range of cultural and practical support to help you get settled in.

Scottish culture

Scottish culture
Knowing a bit more about Scotland and Scottish culture could help you settle in your new life in Edinburgh.

Culture shock

culture shock
Culture shock can be caused by differences in language, weather, clothing, food, people and expectations on time. Watch our videos on culture shock to learn more about what you may experience and how to manage it.

Finding accommodation

finding accommodation
There are varied types of accommodation available in Edinburgh.

Choosing accommodation

Choosing accomodation
When you are choosing accommodation there are lots of things to consider, including legal issues, costs and comfort.

Utilities and bills

Utilities and bills
There are additional costs you should consider when choosing and budgeting for your accommodation.

Banking and money

Banking and money
When you come to the UK it is important to manage your money and open a bank account. Information on banking can be found on the New Students website.

Healthcare

healthcare
When you arrive in the UK you should arrange access to healthcare. You should register with a doctor and find out about accessing healthcare through the National Health Service (NHS).

Working in the UK

Working in the UK
Working part time is a great way to improve your English, meet new friends and make some money to support yourself. There are some important things to consider if you are planning to work.

Students with dependants

students with dependants
If your dependants are moving with you to the UK you should consider accommodation, healthcare and support.

Your children

your children
If you are bringing your children to the UK you should consider childcare, education and healthcare.

Transport in Edinburgh

Transport in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has an excellent public transport system. Buses and trams are frequent and reliable, and cycling is popular.

Shopping

shopping
In Edinburgh, we have a range of shops that sell all the things you will need while you are here, such as food, clothes, and items for your home.

Staying safe

staying safe
Edinburgh is a safe city with a low crime rate, but it is still important that you pay attention to your personal safety. You should be aware of the laws in the UK and Scotland while you are living here.