New Students

Join societies

As a new student, you automatically become a member of the Edinburgh University Students' Association, with access to over 300 societies.


Societies are a big part of the student experience and can be a great way to enhance your social and academic life.

You don't have to be an expert on a particular topic to join a society. It is about developing new interests and experiences, meeting like-minded people and having fun.

Find a society

With over 300 societies to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

List of societies 

Start a society

If you've got an idea for starting a new society, you can also submit a proposal for a new society.  

Start a society - find out how

Edinburgh University Students' Association 

As a new student, you automatically become a member of the Edinburgh University Students' Association.

The Students' Association is an organisation that aims to make sure that you have the best possible experience while at University, through academic and social support or facilities.  

Edinburgh University Students’ Association website

Edinburgh Welcomes events

Whether you’re in Edinburgh or joining us online, your Students’ Association have loads planned for you in Welcome Week and beyond. You can see the full list of events on the University Events App and on our website.

Edinburgh Welcomes events

Support services

Advice Place

You can get free, confidential and impartial advice on everything from money and accommodation to your health and wellbeing through the Advice Place.

Whether you’re in Edinburgh or joining us online, the Advice Place are here to answer your questions and help you access the support you need.

Advice Place

Peer Learning and Support

Peer Learning and Support gives you access to student leaders who run study sessions and community-building activities.

These groups offer a great opportunity to meet people, improve your grades and have fun. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, sessions will take place online.

Peer Learning and Support services

Your student representatives

Sabbatical Officers

The Students’ Association represents student views with a team of five full-time, elected sabbatical officers, who are all Edinburgh students or recent graduates. They will listen to you and liaise directly with the University to share ideas, create change, gain new skills and access support.

Your elected Student Officers and Representatives are also here to ensure your views are represented within the Students' Association, the University and beyond.

Meet your Sabbatical Officers

Academic representation

Each school within the University has a team of School Reps (representing both undergraduate and postgraduate students) who are elected to represent you to staff within your school (including members of senior management). 

We also have Programme Reps who work at the local level to improve individual tutorials, courses, and programmes.

Liberation Officers and Section Reps

Your Liberation Officers and Section Reps represent communities of students who are either underrepresented in higher education or who experience oppression (including harassment and discrimination) in wider society.

Find your academic, liberation and section representatives

Student union buildings

While the activities in your Students’ Association venues will be more limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are still loads of great study spaces, opportunities to meet up with friends, grab a bite or get your essential supplies from our shops.

There are four student union buildings to explore and enjoy:

  • Potterrow - By day a great place to study and grab lunch, and by night the home of the Big Cheese night club.
  • Teviot Row House - Teviot Row House is your home away from home, offering comfy places to hang out with friends, quiet study spaces and lots of options for food and drink at great student prices. There is also something on nearly every evening of the week to keep you entertained - from comedy to live music to quizzes. If you’re looking for a great outdoors space to meet with friends, make sure to visit the Garden at Teviot, right at the heart of Bristo Square.
  • Pleasance - Home to over 300 societies, the Pleasance also offers live performance venues, a cafe and bar, meeting rooms and rehearsal spaces.
  • King’s Buildings House - Located on the King’s Buildings campus, King’s Buildings House offers a range of services for science and engineering students.