New Students

Supporters of new students

Information for parents and supporters of students about the support available to new students as they transition and how to provide further support.

We understand that as a supporter of a new student, you want what is best for them. We also recognise that you may have questions and concerns as your student makes this transition. The first year at university can be a great transition for new students as well as the people in their lives and we want to be sure that you feel supported through this journey too.


During Arrival Weekend, we welcomed hundreds of supporters to McEwan Hall for a welcome talk and tea reception. 

See the slides from the presentation here:


One of the main recommendations we have for all supporters is to be as educated about the student support services as possible. We would recommend that you have a look at the Here to Help guide and learn about the amazing support in place at the University of Edinburgh. This guide is for the Academic Year 2019-2020 but relevant for any incoming student and their supporter. 


There is further support and information available to you if you are a student with caring responsibilities:

Student Parents

Student Carers 

The University's relationship with students

The University of Edinburgh's approach to our relationship with our students recognises their status as adults—even those who have not yet reached the age of 18. 

Starting University

Information about what to expect when your student starts University

Supporting your new student

New students will experience many highs and lows as they transition into their new lives as a student, it is important that they maintain their support structures and connections with their supporters.

Career prospects

Employers are looking for well-rounded students, who have made the most of their time at university to develop skills and experiences.

Security on Campus

Edinburgh is a safe city with a low crime rate, but it is still important that your student pays attention to their personal safety at all times.

The University Security team is always available on campus for advice or assistance and are easily recognisable by their red jackets.

University Security Section website

The Edinburgh University Students' Association has a section on their website giving advice on staying safe, and instructions for reporting a crime. 

Safety and Crime page (Advice Place)

The University Security Manager, James Broomfield has written an open letter to parents and guardians of students joining the University of Edinburgh. This is dated from 2017 but is still very relevant today.

Message to Parents and Guardians page on the University Security Section website

Friends and families visiting Edinburgh

Students’ friends and families visiting Edinburgh, can book University accommodation and ensure that not only are valuable resources kept within the University but that they benefit from saving 15% discount year by using the promotional code ENJOY when booking through the Edinburgh First website.

Book University Accommodation

Alumni Publications

Alumni Services publish a range of print and electronic publications for alumni and supporters of the University, including 'Edit' the Alumni Magazine and 'Edinburgh Friends'  for supporters of the University

Alumni Publications

Related Links

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