New Students

Welcome Week events

Welcome Week 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.

Welcome Week: Wednesday 11th January - Friday 13th January

We expect that students will be with us in Edinburgh for Welcome Week and we are so excited to meet you!

Your induction activities will give you all of the information you need to get started, the opportunity to meet with staff and connect with other students, explore, contribute and give you that first and lasting connection to the University.

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

Accessing your University email and calendar

What induction activities are essential/optional?

Your School induction activities are essential to attend as they are where you will receive information about your course, what to expect and the chance to connect with fellow students.  If you are unable to attend any School induction activities, you should contact your School and they will make the resources and information available to you.

You will receive direct email communication from your School or programme before Christmas confirming the details of your induction activities and how to attend. 

If you are a new visiting student, you may find more information on the Visiting Students websites:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Students website

College of Science and Engineering Visiting Students website


Optional (but highly recommended) activities will also be held throughout Welcome Week and Week 1. These activities include:

  • Society led events 
  • Fairs 
  • Smaller in-person activities to help you get to know your neighbours and the city
  • Explore Edinburgh 


Student Support Fair - Friday 13th January

Student Support Fair in McEwan Hall

All new students are invited to attend the Student Support Fair in McEwan Hall on Friday 13th January between 12:00 - 15:00.

The University's Student Support Fair is an event at which many of the University's central support service representatives gather to display their information.

No booking is required. 

More information on the Student Support Fair 

Student-led campus tours - Friday 13th January

photo of 2 students

New students can join a 60-minute student-led campus tour of the central campus from McEwan Hall at either 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30.

The tours will be led by a current student and will highlight buildings and facilities that you will likely use as a student. 

Booking is essential due to the limited capacity of tour groups. 

Booking is now closed (8.30pm, 12th Jan). You may still turn up at the tour start time and if there are spaces available (due to others not showing up) then we will do our best to let you in a tour group, on a first come first served basis. Thank you.


'How-to' presentations - Friday 13th January 

New students can join 30-minute presentations about 'How-to' do something on topics we know are useful and valuable to new students. The presentations will take place in McEwan Hall at the same time as the Student Support Fair. 

  • How to manage Culture Shock, 12:30 - 13:00
  • How to get involved at the University, 13:00 - 13:30
  • How to stay safe at the University, 13:30 - 14:00
  • How to manage your money, 14:00 - 14:30

Booking is essential. 

Booking is now closed (8.30pm, 12th Jan). You may still turn up at the session start time and if there are spaces available (due to others not showing up) then we will do our best to let you join, on a first come first served basis. Thank you.


Planning your Induction

In order to make your welcome period as easy to plan as possible, we invite you to download the 'UoE Events App'. The app aims to give you:

  • Useful information about getting started at University
  • Premade checklists for starting University
  • Ability to look through all events during Welcome Week and plan your own induction programme from 22nd August 2022

You can download the app now from any app store.

University of Edinburgh Events App 


Relevant Links 

Your Essential Top 6 Tasks | The University of Edinburgh

Money Management | The University of Edinburgh

Health Information | The University of Edinburgh

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