New Students

January Welcome events

January Welcome is more than just being introduced to your new subject area - it is your time to get comfortable with your new surroundings, meet fellow students and try out new things.

January Welcome is traditionally the week before studies start. This year it will start from 12th January 2022.

There will be opportunities to learn more about the University and Edinburgh, to meet fellow students, try new things, do the practical things you need to get done and it will be your time to start to really feel like a student of the University of Edinburgh.  All areas of the University are working together to create a mix of in-person and digital events to help you get settled into University. 

We are so excited to support you as you begin your studies with us. 

Making the most out of your induction 

Essential induction events

Your School or College induction is the most important to attend and will likely take place within January Welcome. You will receive direct email communication from your School or College confirming the details of your induction activities and how to attend.

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Visiting Students in CAHSS and CSE

For all incoming visiting students please note there will be events that will be run by the Visiting Student Office - we will be updating this information shortly and recommend that you check your student emails and the UoE Events App to keep up to date with what's on during January Welcome. 

Optional (but highly recommended) induction events

From Monday 17th January, there will also be University-wide induction activities and social events that will give you the opportunity to feel part of your new community  – these are not mandatory to attend but we would highly recommend that you attend what you can. The 'Give it a Go' programme will include student group events, sport taster sessions as well as an online activities fair .

Look out for more information about what's on, using the UoE Events App and checking your student emails for more information. From the 6th January, you will be able to use the App to find all of your induction and welcome events including a programme of social activities being organised by the Students’ Association and the Sports Union.

Edinburgh University Students' Association

Explore your new home

Students walking under trees on campus

When you do arrive in Edinburgh, we recommend that you spend some time getting to know your surroundings and becoming accustomed to your new home as well as the safety guidelines in place in Scotland, which may differ from your home country. 

Explore Edinburgh 

Travelling from Central Area to the King's Buildings - Free Shuttle Bus

From 17th January, if you are requiring to travel between the central area to the king's buildings so you can meet your academic timetable you can use the free shuttle bus service. Alternatively, you can also walk, cycle or use the public bus services to also get to the King's Buildings.

Please note to use the shuttle bus a University student card must be shown to the driver when boarding. 

Shuttle bus timetable 2021-22

Plan your induction schedule

The full programme of January Welcome activities will go live on the UoE Events app on 6th January 2022. 

You can now download the app from any app store

Please check your emails regularly for direct communications, including information about specific activities nearer to the start date.

University of Edinburgh Events App 


Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2021

Professor Peter Mathieson
Wherever you are from in the world, whether you are an undergraduate student, postgraduate student, or online learner, we want you to feel part of our University community from day one.