Safety and support

Edinburgh is a safe and compact city, making it the perfect location for students to get their first experience of university life.

Arrival and Induction

On arriving at Edinburgh International Airport, all students will be met by a member of the Summer School team and escorted to their accommodation.

On the first day of the academic course, students will receive a full induction to the University of Edinburgh, to introduce them to the campus, accommodation, and living in Edinburgh. The induction will include a walking tour of the central campus area, and a bus tour of the city, to allow students to get to know their way around.



All students will be assigned a room in the Pollock Halls of Residence, official University of Edinburgh accommodation, which is a short walk to both the central campus area and the city centre.

Pollock Halls has a 24-hour reception centre where staff will be happy to help students with any questions or enquiries.


Health and Safety

Ahead of the course, students will be provided with a Student Handbook, which gives full details about health, safety, and security during their time with us, including 24-hour emergency contacts.​


Group leaders

The Preparing for University students will be assigned student group leaders, who will be on hand to assist with any questions. The group leaders will make sure that students settle into their accommodation and get to know their way around, and will accompany them to all social activities.

As University of Edinburgh students, these group leaders will be perfectly placed to give in-depth and helpful insight into university life and living in Edinburgh.


Student Support

The University of Edinburgh prides itself on its wide range of support services available to students, from disability support to the Chaplaincy. Full details can be found on our Student Services page.

If you have any questions about our Summer School support, please contact us.