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:

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

More information about the University of Edinburgh Events app 

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. 


University of Edinburgh Events App

The University of Edinburgh Events app is an easy way for you to browse all of the information and events designed specifically for new students

Prepare to move to Edinburgh

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Arrange your accommodation and make arrangements for safe travel to Edinburgh.

How to online information sessions

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Our online how to information sessions are a great way to prepare to join the University of Edinburgh with practical information shared from a variety of professional support services. 

Your Essential Top 6 Tasks

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Complete these essential Top 6 Tasks to become a student

Money Management

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Information on funding your studies, opening a UK bank account, typical student living costs and budgeting

Health and Support Information

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Information about accessing NHS healthcare as a student, arrange learning adjustments if you have a disability, and find out how the University can support your health and wellbeing.