Supporters of new students
The University of Edinburgh understands 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 welcoming 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
There is further support and information available to you if you are a student with caring responsibilities:
The University's relationship with students
Supporting your new student
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.
The Edinburgh University Students' Association has a section on their website giving advice on staying safe, and instructions for reporting a crime.
The University Security Manager, James Broomfield has written an open letter to parents and guardians of students joining the University of Edinburgh in 2017.
Friends and families visiting Edinburgh
In 2017 and 2018 the University invested £6.7 million in the refurbishment of Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro and KM Central to raise them to 4- and 3-star standard respectively. Together with Richmond Place Apartments, these three University-owned properties provide staff, visitors including friends and families of students and event organisers with an unrivalled choice of accommodation.
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.
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