New Students

Let's get started and stay connected - Welcome to the University of Edinburgh

This website is for all new students. Here you will find the information and resources you need to help you get ready to start University.  

Join the New Student Facebook Group 2021 - 2022 to start meeting your fellow students! 

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Whether you are a UG or PG student, you can find out more about our short courses, developed to enable you to make a successful transition into the University and your studies.

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The course options hub will allow you to explore and discover more about the optional courses across the University that you may have the chance to select to complement your degree programme.

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Watch our recorded video of Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, formally welcoming new students to the University.

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Our live 'How-to' information sessions are now over - but these were all recorded so if you missed any or would like to watch them again, visit our 'How-to' on-demand videos page. 

These are presentations from professional support services across the University, to help support you and get you prepared for University.

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Read further guidance on government travel restrictions, University travel, and fieldwork with regards to travel advice.

  • Travel within the UK and Common Travel Area
  • International travel to the UK
  • Travel as part of field trips and placements
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Keep informed about the latest guidance, advice, and support for students self-isolating.

  • How to inform the University if you are self-isolating and what to do if you need to self-isolate
  • Self-isolating information in University-managed accommodation
  • support for self-isolating in private accommodation 
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The Good Citizen Guide provides guidance and information about how our University community can act responsibly to help slow the spread of Covid-19. 

If you are new to Scotland, then it’s important to realise that the Covid-19 rules in Scotland are different to the rules in the rest of the UK, and of course internationally.

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Prepare for the start of University life as a postgraduate student whose degree is taught only online.

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Help your new student transition successfully into university.