New Students

When to Arrive

Look out for the important dates and times in order to travel to Edinburgh and begin your studies.

It is important that you keep track of the dates of arrival before you get to the University.

The Semester Dates for this coming Academic Year

Starting in January

If you are planning to arrange your travel for September, we would recommend that you book travel to arrive on Wednesday 8th January (and not before this time). If you are planning to live in the University of Edinburgh accommodation, you will not be able to move into University accommodation earlier than this date, unless you have been specifically told otherwise (usually due to an earlier course start date - see below). 

More information on moving into University of Edinburgh accommodation

If you are planning to arrive earlier to Edinburgh than your accommodation move-in date, it is important that you find somewhere to stay on a temporary basis. 

More information about what to do if arriving early

Visas for travel

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.

More information on visas can only be found on the Student Immigration Service 


Courses starting mid-semester/earlier than the semester

Students who are beginning their studies any time out with the University arrival periods in September and January should discuss with their School Office for best dates to arrive. 


Related links 

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