Unless you have made arrangements to arrive early, you should try to schedule your travel plans to arrive on the official Arrival Weekend.
This is the first date that you can access University accommodation.
Arriving at this time allows you take advantage of our Airport Welcome Team, participate in International Day (for international students) or arrive in time to enjoy our other welcome events.
The best time to arrive is during one of the official Arrival Weekends, before the start of the semesters in September and January.
Your visa is valid for travel to the UK from the "valid from" date on the visa itself. This date is the earliest point that you can arrive in the UK on your visa.
Student visitors who are non-visa nationals who choose to travel to the UK without applying for a visa/entry clearance before they travel should not enter the UK via the Republic of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland has a 'Common Travel Area' with the UK. This means there is no immigration presence on arrival in Edinburgh from the Republic of Ireland. As such you cannot apply for the visiting student visa through this route.
If you travel to Edinburgh through the Republic of Ireland, you will receive a ‘tourist’ stamp in your passport upon arrival.
Tourists are not permitted to study and as such the University would not be able to enrol you on your course of study. In this case, you would need to leave the UK to a location outside of the Common Travel Area (Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt for example) to return to the UK and legally apply as a Student Visitor at the airport.
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa before travelling, you can travel through the Republic of Ireland.
However please keep copies of your boarding pass and flight tickets for your journey from the Republic of Ireland to Edinburgh.
This can later be used as evidence of your arrival date in the UK.
This article was published on Nov 13, 2013