New Students

New student life

Being a student is about more than just your academic studies, preparing yourself for your new life as a student in Edinburgh is really important too.

Hear From Current Students

Read our student blogs and find out what you can expect from student life in Edinburgh.

Students' Association and Societies

New Scotland Country Dance Society in the Debating Hall at Teviot
As a new student, you automatically become a member of the Edinburgh University Students' Association and have access to over 280 societies.

Sport and Exercise

Firbush outdoor centre
The University has over 65 club sports, intramural and recreational sports, coaching and volunteering, gyms on campus and lots of opportunities for you to stay physically healthy. With over 150 years of history, the Edinburgh University Sport network is one of the strongest in the world with athletes and volunteers who have achieved everything from Olympic Gold medals, to world pioneering research.

Campus Life and Study

Busy Gaelic Cafe during the Edinburgh Gaelic Festival 2017
Understanding what is on campus and around Edinburgh in terms of places to study independently or with your peers, including what to expect from different types of teaching classes. Learn, explore and discover more to help you settle into student life.

Life in the City of Edinburgh

A view of Edinburgh at night
The City of Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities to live in, with so many cultural and historical attractions, beautiful scenery and places to visit, we have listed the best places to go.

Food and Drink

Cheese Mongers in Edinburgh
The university campuses and the city of Edinburgh offers an array of places to eat and drink. Find out more about facilities available for you on campus and more about the markets and restaurants available to visit and discover in Edinburgh.

Transport in Edinburgh

Transport in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has an excellent public transport system. Buses and trams are frequent and reliable, and cycling is popular.


In Edinburgh, we have a range of shops that sell all the things you will need while you are here, such as food, clothes, and items for your home.

Staying safe

staying safe
Edinburgh is a safe city with a low crime rate, but it is still important that you pay attention to your personal safety. You should be aware of the laws in the UK and Scotland while you are living here.