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Pre-Arrival Information

Some useful information for students before they arrive in Edinburgh.

Registering as a University of Edinburgh Student
As a Summer School student, you will need to register as an official student of the University of Edinburgh. This will include matriculating. This brings a number of benefits including access to University computer systems and libraries, a student card, access to University Wi-Fi, and access to digital course materials should this be available as part of your course.

We’ll send you specific guidance on how to get registered when we email you with your final booking confirmation. Please see our Application Timeline for details of when we’ll contact you.

Airport Transfer

All students aged 18 years or older need to make their own arrangements to get from the airport to their chosen accommodation. Tram, bus and taxi services are all available direct from Edinburgh airport. Please visit the following website for details:

If you are a 16 or 17-year-old student on the Pre-University course, and you are not being accompanied by a parent/guardian, someone will meet you at the airport to ensure safe transfer to your accommodation. You must ensure your flights (arrival and departure) are via Edinburgh airport, and arrive between 9am and 5pm (UK time) the Saturday before your course start date (accommodation check-in date), and depart between 9am and 5pm (UK time) the Saturday after your course (accommodation check-out date).


If you have booked University accommodation, you will have to liaise with Accommodation Services directly for details of check-in times, location and services. Visit their website for details and contact information:

Pre-University students will be allocated accommodation at the University’s Pollock Halls campus. You will be given your room allocation and keys upon your arrival (there is a 24-hour reception desk at the accommodation).


The Summer School cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to personal property. Students should insure personal property against such risks.

The University does not provide insurance for students. We recommend that you investigate appropriate insurance options which will cover personal possessions, medical and repatriation expenses (if not already covered in the UK) and cancellation to cover any fees and travel costs.

Clothing and Equipment

In the summer months, Edinburgh has a moderate climate but the weather can be changeable. We recommend that students bring clothes that can be layered so that they can adapt to different temperatures when necessary. Students should also bring a light waterproof jacket.

Comfortable walking shoes are an essential, as some social programme activities (if part of your course) may include trips to rural landscapes. We also recommend you bring some sportswear too.

Cost of Living

Costs can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, budget and spending habits. Please remember that even if you have paid for accommodation in Edinburgh, you will need to bring money and budget for food, travel and spending during your stay. The currency in Scotland is Pound Sterling (GBP).


Some laws in the UK and Scotland may differ from those in your home country. In particular, please note:

  • The legal age to buy and drink alcohol is 18
  • The legal age to buy cigarettes and tobacco is 18
  • You cannot smoke or use electronic vaping devices in enclosed public spaces (e.g. cafes, restaurants, bars, offices, shops, etc)
  • It is illegal to carry and/or supply illicit drugs and substances
  • It is illegal to carry any sort of weapon, including guns, knives and pepper spray

Staying Safe

Edinburgh is a vibrant, multicultural city and is a safe place to live and study. However, as with any capital city, you should remain alert and take basic precautions to ensure your personal safety during your stay. By being aware and taking basic precautions, you will greatly enhance your experience of staying in Edinburgh.

Basic precautions include:

  • Keeping your money, payment cards and personal documents safe and secure
  • Not carrying large quantities of money on your person
  • Labelling property and luggage with your contact details
  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Not leaving valuables in plain sight and unattended
  • Telling people where you are going and when you expect to be back when going out
  • Not going out alone late at night, especially in quiet, darkly lit areas