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 academic timetable.

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

Download the app to get started

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. Top 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 direct questions to us via some of the resources above. 


Get Ready: things to do before starting University

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To help you prepare to join us as a new student at the University of Edinburgh, we've compiled a list of things to do to help guide you through what you need to do before and when you start, in priority order.

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. 

Get ready for January Welcome 2022

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Information about January Welcome and what to expect, including the activities which will help you prepare for the start of your studies.

Your Essential Top 6 Tasks

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You must complete these essential Top 6 Tasks before you start and during your first week, to enable you to begin your studies with us.

Prepare for learning

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We offer a range of study skills support to help you prepare for a mix of in-person and digital teaching.

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.

Access support services and ask for help

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Your health and wellbeing are really important. Our support and advice services are available if you ever need help.

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