Visiting Student Office

Plan your travel to Edinburgh

Plan your travel to Edinburgh.

What dates should I book my flights to/from Edinburgh?

Students should aim to arrive in Edinburgh on 14 September 2020 for Semester 1, or 06 January 2021 for Semester 2, as the University hosts many welcome and orientation events.  If you are unable to arrive until later, then please ensure you’re in Edinburgh by the time teaching begins, as per the start-date of your programme.

The date of your return flight home should not be until after the end of the exam period, as exams are scheduled up until the final day of the exam period.  Booking a flight before the date of your final exam is not considered extenuating circumstances to exempt you from taking the exam, or requesting an alternative assessment, and you may fail the course.

The University of Edinburgh's academic calendar for 2020/21 can be viewed here.

Can I enter the United Kingdom via Dublin?

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, then you must enter the United Kingdom via a UK port of entry, for example, Edinburgh or London Heathrow airport.  You cannot travel via the Republic of Ireland, as you will not meet with UK immigration control, and you will not get a visa stamp that permits you to study in the UK.

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national and you’ve booked a flight that connects in the Republic of Ireland (i.e. Dublin), then it is essential that you contact our trained Immigration Advisors based in the Student Immigration Service (

Can I use E-gates to enter the UK?

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, then you must not use airport E-gates, as you are required to meet with UK immigration control to obtain the appropriate student stamp.  

More informatin on E-gates - Arriving in the UK and Request for Short-Term Study Visa Stamp Document.