International Foundation Programme

Living in Edinburgh

Make the most of your time at the University of Edinburgh with information on University societies, employment and sources of help and support.

Living in Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is a great place to live and study. Find out more about what the city has to offer here:


Students on a Tier 4 Student Visa on the International Foundation Programme can work (and/or volunteer) up to 10 hours a week.

MyCareerHub is part of the Careers Service and maintains a list of job vacancies suitable for students. You can register with them once you have your matriculation number and student email account.

Details explaining how to obtain a National Insurance Number can be found at:


The Chaplaincy Centre, at the hub of University life, is for your use, whatever your background, culture or belief. Please feel free to drop in Monday to Friday during the semester between 9.30am and 5pm. Location: next to the Potterrow Student Union in Bristo Square.

EUSA Advice Place

The Advice Place is a free, friendly, independent and confidential advice and information centre run by the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA). It offers a welcoming environment to help you achieve your potential at university.

The Advice Place provides information, advice, and support on a range of issues, including:

  • finance and funding
  • academic issues and university regulations
  • processes and procedures
  • advice on finding accommodation and dealing with tenancy issues
  • employment issues
  • immigration advice
  • help with welfare benefits and council tax
  • general information about the University and student life

You can drop in anytime during opening hours or you can contact the Advice Place by phone or email.