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We provide a wide range of support services, from consulting assistance with your studies, to dealing with accommodation concerns.

Support for adjusting to higher education 

University can be a very exciting time in your life, but it can also be a big change from school or college. It is normal to face challenges as you transition from one part of your life to another, from tackling study skills to learning how to pay your bills. By knowing what to expect and having a resource to help you navigate the ups and downs, you’re setting yourself up for success over the next several years.

To help you anticipate, identify and navigate situations that you will encounter in higher education, check out this guide created by the UK's student mental health charity, Student minds:

Know before you go guide (Student minds website)

The Advice Place 

The Advice Place is home to Edinburgh University Students' Association's professional advice team offering students free, impartial and confidential information on everything and anything that our members need to know. They provide advice to students on everything from getting grades appealed, dealing with landlord issues, to managing personal issues and much more. The Advice Place is equipped to answer questions on these topics, or at least to point you in the right direction for further information.

Find advice online:

The Advice Place (University Students' Association website)

You can receive advice in person or via phone, email, or video call during opening times or by appointment.

The Advice Place has offices, open Monday- Friday during the term based at: 

  1. Potterrow on the Central area campus
  2. King's Building House in the King's Buildings campus

Further information on opening hours and locations is available on their website. 

Contact the Advice place:

Edinburgh University Students' Association

Edinburgh University Students' Association aims to make every student's experience the best it can be through their student-focused facilities across campus, by holding events throughout the year, organising student representation and providing helpful support and guidance, such as The Advice Place.  

Edinburgh University Students' Association website

Student representatives are elected each year to ensure that students’ views are represented within the Students' Association, the University and beyond. Find out who your representatives are here:

Your Representatives (University Students' Association website)

The Students' Association coordinate Peer Learning and Support opportunities. These are peer-led student groups who focus on building academic and social communities within the University. Click the following link to learn more:

Peer Learning and Support (University Student's Association website) 

Related links 

New Students homepage 

Top 6 tasks 

Student Support

Managing Your Wellbeing 



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