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.

From June onwards, the New Students Website will have all the information and resources you'll need to get ready for starting university. We recommend that you bookmark and regularly visit this website to discover everything you need to know in the run-up to your start date.

Resources for new students

New Student Facebook Group

The official Facebook group is for all applicants and offer-holders in the academic year 2024/2025. Joining the group is a great way to:

  • Ask questions
  • Find out information about the University
  • Meet other new students
  • Feel a part of the University community 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 

Some further tips to help you get ready

Read all of your emails... As you approach your start date, the University will contact you using both the email address 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 direct questions to us via some of the resources above. 


Moving to Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Arrange your accommodation, keep updated with key accommodation information and make arrangements for safe travel to Edinburgh.

Live in Edinburgh

When you arrive in Edinburgh, you may notice differences in the language, weather, clothing, food, and customs of the local people. Researching Edinburgh and the Scottish culture before you arrive will help you to understand what to expect when you get here.