New Students

Get ready for University

As you prepare for the start of university, you will need to do some essential tasks including arranging your accommodation, getting connected to your student email, and browsing optional courses for your personal timetable.

From the time you make your application and right up to your start date with us, you will be provided with useful and detailed information about what you need to do to help you to prepare to become a student. 

This includes lots of helpful resources, access to support networks (including live Q&A sessions), and guidance in the lead up to you starting your journey at the University of Edinburgh.

Resources you can expect to use: 

From February onwards

New Students Website

Use the New Students Website to find up-to-date information and resources to help you get ready to start university.

New Students Facebook Group 

The official Facebook group is for all students holding offers from the University of Edinburgh in the academic year 2021/2022;

  •  to ask questions
  • to find out information about the University
  • to meet other new students
  • to feel part of the University before you start your student life here! ​​We welcome everyone's participation and are happy to guide you through everything you need to know before you start 

Join the New Student Facebook group to start meeting your fellow students 


From June onwards

Top 6 Tasks

Your Top 6 Tasks are the essential tasks you need to do in order to become a student. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to ensure you have everything set up before you start.

University of Edinburgh Events App 

The 'New Students Guide' on the University of Edinburgh Events app contains all of the information you need to know to get started as a new student. You will find a handy checklist of important tasks, as well as guides, useful resources, tips and information on topics such as:

  • Arriving in Edinburgh
  • Getting around the city
  • Accessing support services
  • Meeting other students
  • Frequently asked questions from new students

Download the app to get started

From August onwards

University of Edinburgh Events App 

Check your app in August for access to a full schedule of events and activities taking place from Welcome Week onwards. You can now start planning your first few weeks!

How-To Sessions 

Our short, online How-To Sessions are an opportunity to learn about the practicalities of getting started at university and get answers to any specific questions you have. Hear from professional services at the university with a live Q&A. Sessions from previous years included:

  • How to pay your fees
  • How to join the gym
  • How to make friends at university
  • How to access library resources
  • How to join a society

Booking for our How-To Sessions will open before August, so you will have plenty of time to choose your sessions and book a place.

Short Transition Courses

By August you will have access our Short Transition courses for undergraduates and postgraduates. These courses will help you prepare for university, develop your digital and academic skills, and help you achieve your academic and career goals.  

Some Tips:

Read all of your emails - As you approach your start date, the University will send emails to the email that you applied with as well as your new University email address. Make sure you read your emails so you don't miss out on key information from the University.

Start preparing as early as you can - Once you have accepted your offer to study with us, you can and should think of yourself as a current student at the University of Edinburgh. Make sure you engage with what’s going on – check out the student news, social media channels, and our online events.

Don't hesitate to ask questions - No question is too big or small and we want to be sure that you have the information you need. You can to direct questions to us via some of the resources above. 




Prepare to move to Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Arrange your accommodation and make arrangements for safe travel to Edinburgh.

Join your community

Find your people by joining various networking platforms for students and alumni, and discover societies, sport and social opportunities at the University.

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

Campus safety (Covid-19)

Good Citizen Guide