New Students

Arriving before Welcome Week

Information for students who plan to arrive before Welcome Week.

You won't be able to access University buildings, or borrow books from the library until you collect your University student card, which will be available from Welcome Week onwards. 

University accommodation

If you are going to be living in University managed accommodation you will be able to move in from 10:00 (BST time) on your lease start date. 

Arrival information for University accommodation

Sending luggage early

There are no storage facilities within any University accommodation sites, so please do not arrange for your luggage to be sent in advance of your lease start date.

Arriving before your lease start date

If you decide to arrive in Edinburgh before your lease start date, then you will need to book your own short-term accommodation. 

Please get in touch with the Accommodation Allocation team to find out about short-term University accommodation options:

If you would prefer to find short-term private accommodation then you can find further information on the following websites:

Edinburgh First (University Accommodation, Catering and Events website)

Visit Scotland website

Scotland's Top Hostels website


International students

You should check any restrictions on your visa before traveling. There may be restrictions on how early you can arrive before your course begins. 

Contact the Student Immigration team