New Students

Manage Your Wellbeing

As you prepare to start your studies at university, you may be excited and also a bit apprehensive. We all have strategies for coping with ups and downs in life and it is important to continue using and revising these approaches at University too. It is important to make sure that you look for help when you need it, and that you prioritise self-care. This is an important part of getting the most out of your university journey, in which you will discover a host of people and services to help put your concerns to rest.

Your guide to 5 Ways of Wellbeing 

The '5 Ways to Wellbeing' are 5 distinct actions to help improve personal wellbeing: connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give. The University is promoting these steps as a great tool for students and staff within our community to enhance their own and each other's wellbeing. 

Engaging with our '5 Ways to Wellbeing' guide before you arrive will help you think about what wellbeing means to you now, how you deal with challenges, and how you will engage with your own wellbeing while at the University. 

Discover each of the 5 ways to wellbeing in turn and see some examples of what each of these could look like at the University. There is also information about student support services that can ease your transition into the University, offer development opportunities and provide spaces to reflect and learn. 



Connecting with the people around you, in person or online is important – with family, friends, peers, societies and your University community. To further connect in your online space within your home, set up your learning area, which in turn will allow you to feel that you are in that space “to study”

Be active

Keeping active plays a key role in both your physical and mental wellbeing. The University has plenty of opportunities and activity pages to explore, and there is something for everyone.

Take notice

It is important to be mindful and keep an awareness of the present moment. If studying at home, take time to plan your day ahead and settle into your study space. Take notice of your surroundings, your feelings and the world around you.

Keep learning

The University provides you with plenty of opportunities for personal and academic growth, becoming more confident throughout your time at Edinburgh. Take time to reflect on what works for you when you are learning.


There are lots of opportunities as a student to give back to your community. The University encourages volunteering, offering students opportunities to enrich their lives and the wider community. Alternatively, you may offer someone a helping hand or contact that one person who needs to talk. Giving, however big or small, can be incredibly rewarding and creates a connection with the people around you.

Related links 

New Students homepage 

Student Support 

Getting Started Guides 

Top 6 Tasks