New Students

Your new community

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

The University of Edinburgh is a very large and diverse community including over 40,000 students and 14,000 staff. You are now a member of this community and one of the best parts of being at university is the opportunities to meet people you wouldn’t usually be able to meet and connect with lots of different kinds of people with similar interests to you.

You get to choose which communities to be part of and taking proactive steps to join conversations now will help you to get the most out of your overall University experience.

Join the New Students Facebook Group 2022-2023 

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University Social Media

As a new student, you may want to follow the University Social Media accounts to find out what's happening in and around the university.

Platform One

Platform One is Edinburgh’s online meeting place, where you can connect with fellow students and graduates

Societies and the Students' Association

New Scotland Country Dance Society in the Debating Hall at Teviot
As a new student, you automatically become a member of the Edinburgh University Students' Association, with access to over 325 societies and student representation.

Sports and exercise

Firbush outdoor centre
To help maintain your physical and mental wellbeing, join our range of sport activities, including becoming a member of the University gym, taking part in club sport and having a go at our more relaxed intramural and recreational sport activities.

Sustainable Living

The University is committed to becoming more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. There are lots of ways for you to find out more about sustainability and social responsibility and get involved during your time at University.