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:
We recommend that you bookmark the New Student Website and from June onwards, you will discover up-to-date information and resources to help you get ready to start university.
From February onwards
New Students Facebook Group
The official Facebook group is for all students holding offers from the University of Edinburgh in the academic year 2022/2023;
- 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
From June onwards
Top 6 Tasks
Your Top 6 Tasks are the essential tasks you need to do in order to become a student. We recommend you start to read the top 6 tasks information in June/July.
We will give you easy step-by-step instructions to ensure you have everything set up before you start. You will be able to start many of the tasks from July/August and then complete them all when you start your studies.
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
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!
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 to 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 further tips to help you get ready:
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.