New Students

Parents and supporters of students

Information for parents and supporters about the support available to students as they transition into University in 2021.

Our Covid-19 pages are continually updated and should be your first point of contact to find key updates and guidance for staff and students.

Covid-19 Updates for Students 

If you have further questions about your students studying or working with us during the Covid-19 pandemic, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Covid-19 Contact Us

Communications Policy: 

We have a policy that sets out how and when we will contact a students' parent or supporter - for example in an emergency. We don't routinely contact parents or supporters because a student has reported Covid-19 as this (in most cases) is not an emergency and your student should be able to alert you directly.

Our relationship with parents/supporters

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

Student Parents

Student Carers 

Accommodation for family, friends, and supporters during arrivals period

If a family member, friend or supporter needs to stay in Edinburgh during the arrivals period, the University’s hotels are offering a discounted rate. You can book the hotel for £70 per night using discount code ‘CAM21’.

Bookings can be made from now until 29 September, with stay dates 23 August – 30 September. To find out more and to book online go to:

Please note, you should follow Scottish Government guidelines when travelling to Edinburgh.

Travel advice


The University's relationship with students

The University of Edinburgh's approach is to recognise students as adults - even those who have not yet reached the age of 18. 

Starting University

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 and it is important that they maintain their support structures and connections.

Career prospects

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

Stay safe and protect each other during the Covid-19 pandemic

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