New Students

Welcome Week

The University's Welcome Week includes many important and fun events and activities dedicated to helping all new students prepare and be ready to start their academic study.

Welcome Week 2019: Saturday 7th September - Sunday 15th September 2019

“Welcome Week” is the week prior to the first week of the academic semester.

2019/2020 Semester Dates

This is the first opportunity for the University to welcome you to your new environment and to the people who will help shape your experiences at University. We really cannot wait to meet you and introduce you to your new community!  

This essential time before classes start allows you to get to know your campus, meet fellow students and academics, get a sense of the University life that awaits you. There is also time for you to complete anything outstanding from your Top 6 Tasks or do practical preparations like opening a bank account, buying essential home furnishings, clothes and equipment and generally getting to know the city of Edinburgh too.    

All new students are encouraged to arrive on 'Arrival Weekend' which is on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September.

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh

All areas of the University are excited to meet you and together, we have put together an exciting programme of free events and activities that will provide you with essential information to get started, opportunities to network, explore and contribute, and provide you with that first and lasting connection to the University.

Types of events/activities during Welcome Week: 

School Induction Events (essential) 

Your school/programme induction is the most important to attend as this is where you will be confirming your attendance and ultimately completing your matriculation.

Undergraduate School Meetings

Postgraduate School Meetings

You will find these events on the UoE Events App. These events will take place during the week, from Monday 9th September to Friday 13th September. You will also receive communication directly from their school/programme prior to Welcome Week with a specific induction outline of the events and activities on, for your programme (as mentioned above). 

General Welcome Events (optional, but highly recommended) 

Welcome Week is more than just being introduced to your new subject area, it is also about getting to know your new home, meeting fellow students and trying out new things. There are lots of activities to get involved with if you want to.

Welcome Week Events

You will find these events on the UoE Events App. Some events will be ticketed, but most are free and they will take place from Saturday 7th September to Sunday 15th September.

Download the UoE Events App

Welcome Week events

Welcome Week is more than just being introduced to your new subject area, it is also about getting to know your new home, meeting fellow students and trying out new things. There are lots of activities to get involved with if you want to.

University of Edinburgh Events App

The University of Edinburgh Events app is an easy way for you to browse all of the information and events for new students during Welcome Week.

Principal's Welcome Ceremony

Professor Peter Mathieson
In these annual University ceremonial events, Principal Peter Mathieson welcomes all new students to the University community.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is a programme of events, presentations and workshops to welcome our international students to the University of Edinburgh

Related Pages

New Students homepage 

Top 6 Tasks