New Students

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.

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General Welcome Week events (optional) 

Connecting with new people is extremely important at the start of University and there are of different types of activities and events for everyone to enjoy.  You can choose to go to as many or as little of the general events/activities as you prefer, but we recommend taking this opportunity to try new things, explore, be curious, ask questions, get involved!  


Principal's Welcome Ceremony (highly recommended for all students) 

To welcome you to your new large student community at the University of Edinburgh, all new students are invited to the Principals’ Welcome Ceremony on the first day of Welcome Week.

More information about the Principal's Welcome Ceremony


International Students Orientation (highly recommended for international students) 

International Student Orientation is a programme of events, presentations and workshops to welcome our international students to the University of Edinburgh. It takes place on Sunday,  a day prior to the official start of the Welcome Week.

More information about International Students Orientation 


Large Induction Events (highly recommended for all students) 

The University of Edinburgh welcomes almost 14.000 students to campus each September and we want to welcome you all! There are many large induction events to help you meet students in other disciplines, learn more about the University as a whole and what to do next and also to understand and be part of your new community from the very start. 

Undergraduate Welcome Events

Postgraduate Welcome Events

Social events/activities

All Welcome Week events can be searched for under the 'New Students 2019-2020' guide within the UoE Events App by category of event and details about booking, meeting places and costs are included here. Some events do need to be booked in advance.

Download the UoE Events App


Here is a list of the types of events that you can expect *Welcome Week 2019 events will not go live until 31st July 2019*

Categories of Events: Types of Events/Activities:
Alcohol Free Campus Tours, Tea & Coffee in Chaplaincy, IKEA trip, Tandem Language Cafe, Arthur's Seat Climb, student mindfulness sessions, Calton Hill Walk
Clubs & Societies Welcome Ball. Activities Fair, Sports Fair, Chaplaincy Welcome Breakfast, Taster sessions, Workshops, Theatre tours, BBQ and picnics on the Meadows
Club Night Massaoke, The Big Cheese Freshers, Mature Cheese, various special guest DJ nights
Comedy & Theatre Introduction to theatre, costumes and sets, showcases, tours, quizzes, auditions
Employment & Volunteering Volunteering and Careers Service talks, movie screenings
Food & Drink Fairtrade Fair, Fresher's Expo, gin masterclasses, brunch meet-ups, bake sale,  brewery tour, tea tasting, whisky tasting, vegan tour, eating contest, afternoon tea, 
International Students International Pub Night, Global Buddies Meet & Greet, (all events are open to International students!)
IT & Library Support Get Connected, Making the Most of IT sessions
Language Skills Debating workshops, Movie nights, pub crawls, Taster sessions, Tandem Speed Lingua
Live Music Jazz in the Lounge, Indie Disco, Drag Bingo, choirs, ceilidhs, various guest live performers
Mature Students Mature Student Coffee Crawl, Welcome gathering for part-time and mature students and student parents and carers (all events are open to mature students!)
Study Skills IAD Workshops, 'How to Succeed at University' and all of your school induction events/activities
Postgraduate Students PG Taste of Scotland, PG Cinema Trip, PG Afternoon Tea, PG Running Tour, PG Bowling (all events are open to postgraduate students!)
Reflection & Mindfulness Mindful Doodling, Mindfulness meditation, Capacitar Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga, Afternoon Tea
See the City & Scotland Campus Tours, Portobello Beach Trip, Trips to cultural spots around Edinburgh, History talks on the University, Scavenger hunts, bookshop crawl
Sports Sports Fair, Varsity Rugby Match, try-outs, taster sessions and matches to watch 


If you cannot attend Welcome Week, do not worry!  

You will still have the opportunity when you arrive to meet your fellow course students, learn about your programme and get to know the city, where you live and join any of the societies or sports clubs.  

Make sure to get in touch with your programme organiser with the date that you will be attending instead. 

Plan your Welcome Week with these resources:

University of Edinburgh Events App 

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