New Students

Get connected to the University systems

Get connected to access your email, WiFi, coursework, printing and more.

Before you arrive

Activate and access your Office 365 email account

As your Office 365 email is the primary means of contact with the University, it is important to access it regularly. In addition to email, your Office 365 account gives you access to your calendar, OneDrive file storage, instant chat and Microsoft Office tools.

Sign into your Office 365 account

Office 365: what is it and features

Log into MyEd

MyEd is the university web portal and includes access to your emails, timetables and course learning material. It's also where you can update your personal details, pay your tuition fees and apply for University accommodation.

Log into your MyEd account

Introduction to MyEd Portal 

Connect to eduroam WiFi network

eduroam is the secure WiFi service available all over the University. Follow these steps to set it up on your device, and you'll connect automatically as soon as you arrive on campus.

Set up your eduroam WiFi access

Become familiar with Learn

You will almost certainly be using Learn, which is your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This online learning platform is where you will find resources relating to your course.  You will have access to Learn in advance of starting at the University to get familiar with your online course space.

Please note you will not be expected to have used learn in advance and will receive support when you start. 

Discover more about the University's Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) 

When you start


You can print at locations across the University using either your own device or a University computer. We start you off with £4 credit free.    

New Students - Brief guide to printing

Printing, copying and scanning locations

Download a free copy of Microsoft Office

Download your free copy of Microsoft Office, giving you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook on your computer, tablet or phone.

Get Microsoft Office

Timetable on my phone 

Setting up Office 365 on your phone or other devices gives you easy access to your course timetables. 

Timetable on my phone

Explore the University's Library facilities

The University's Library offers access to books, journals, e-journals and much more. You can find, renew and request books with DiscoverED.

Explore the library catalogue on DiscoverED

Library opening hours and study spaces

Blackboard Learn

Learn is the primary Virtual Learning Environment at the University, granting access to materials, assignments, grades, feedback for more than 5000 courses.

Getting started with Learn

Protect yourself from IT threats 

Make sure your work and your files are protected from viruses, phishing and malware.

Protect yourself from IT threats

Need any help?

Online help

If you ever need help with IT and computing issues, please first check out the University Information Services website. 

IT and computing help website 

In-person help

During the first two weeks of term in September and January, you can get help to connect any of your devices to the University systems or network at the 'Get Connected' sessions. These are walk-up sessions and do not require a booking.

Get Connected sessions dates and locations

Outside of 'Get Connected', you can still find IT support on the Ground Floor of the Main Library with help from the IT Support Desk. This is a drop-in service and does not require a booking.

IT Support Desk

Access to Assistive Software/Hardware

If you require access to assistive software or hardware please contact:

Student Disability Service
3rd Floor, The University of EdinburghThe Main Library Building
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
Tel: +44(0)131 650 6828