Before you arrive

We can’t wait to welcome you to the University of Stirling, whether you are studying on campus or online. Make the most of your time at Stirling from the moment you arrive on campus or begin your studies by working through this list.

Health and safety at Stirling

Our Stirling Campus Commitment sets out the measures we've put in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and the wider community. Please familiarise yourself with all the guidance and continue to check the pages for the latest advice and safety measures.

Taking a COVID-19 test before coming to university

The Scottish Government is encouraging students starting or returning to university in Scotland to make sure they have tested negative for COVID-19 before forming a new student household, either in university or private accommodation. Find out how to arrange a test.

What to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and be clear of symptoms for 48 hours before you can end your self-isolation period. Students will be supported during their period of self-isolation. Learn more about University support here.

On-campus vaccination centre

A new on-campus vaccination centre is now in operation, allowing students, University staff and members of the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more and book an appointment.

Enrol online

Follow our easy online enrolment process. This includes:

  • Setting up your University of Stirling student computer account
  • Registering for the modules you want to study this year
  • Payment of fees
  • Uploading a photo for your student ID card

Start dates

Your start date will depend on the level or type of course you're studying. Start dates may have changed since you applied, so you must check information for your course.


See the start dates

Stirling Essentials

Access Stirling Essentials, an on-line module to help you prepare for study at University. We recommend you work through this module before you arrive. Stirling Essentials will be available throughout your studies as it is the gateway to a wide range of advice and study skills resources.

Select your modules and create your timetable

As part of the online enrolment process you'll register for your modules. Your timetable will then be made up of a range of activities, some for the whole module group and some for smaller groups. Details of large group activities will appear in the teaching timetable, which is released a month before the start of semester.

A week before the start of semester you will be given access to Canvas, our virtual learning environment, where you find your modules and can sign up for small group seminars, tutorials and labs at times to suit you. These will then appear on your personalised timetable in the timetable tile on the University App. Check the University App for up to date information. 

See how to create your timetable

Download the Stirling app

Get all your university services at your fingertips with the University of Stirling app. The app provides your personalised timetable and real-time, on-the-go, anytime information to support you during your time at Stirling. It's available free for all students.

Download the app

Arrange your accommodation

If you are studying on campus and haven’t already sorted out accommodation, on or off campus, you need to check out your accommodation options.


Read the accommodation and COVID-19 guidance

Our priority is to make you feel safe and settled in your University accommodation. We have developed guidance to make shared living, study and social spaces safer.

Accommodation and COVID-19 guidance

Make a list of what to pack

We’ve prepared a handy list with suggestions of what you need to bring with you. Try to be organised with your packing and just bring what you really need.

What to bring with you

Check and update your vaccinations

An on-campus vaccination centre is in operation, allowing students to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Students aged between 17 – 24 years are strongly recommended to have a MenACWY vaccination if they didn’t already get the vaccination at school or sixth-form college. Get more information on the NHS website.

Organise your travel to campus

Don’t leave it to the last minute to work out how you’re getting to campus. Read our latest guidance about travelling to the UK and to campus.

Check out our getting here page with lots of travel information

Studying online

If you are undertaking your study online, away from campus, remember all our services are available online including Student Services and Student Learning Services. Our library carries a wide range of electronic resources and our community and sporting calendar offers both on campus and online activities. You will need to consider having an appropriate place to study, without distractions and where you can take part actively with classes online, a good WiFi connection and appropriate device.

Follow us on social media

Find out what’s happening around campus by following us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Students from China can also follow us on Weibo and WeChat.

Get a Stirling Uni hoodie

Feel a sense of belonging to Stirling and get one of our iconic American Letter Hoodies. Check out the range available at the Stirling Students' Union online shop.

See how we can support you

Our Student Support Services team are always on hand to offer advice and guidance on a range of topics including money advice, support for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties, as well as counselling and wellbeing support.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulties for which you may need support please contact Student Support Services. See our Accessibility and inclusion information. There's also support information available for care experienced young people.

Additional things to do before you arrive

To avoid having to do everything on-site the day you arrive on campus, there are a few more things you can complete beforehand to make settling in easier:

Sport Centre membership

Affordable sports and gym membership options

Medical Centre new patient registration

All students can register with our on-campus Medical Centre and Dental Practice.

Finding part-time work

Find out more about applying for part-time work in the UK or overseas

Register to vote

Find out everything you need to know about voting in the UK

International students

We can’t wait to welcome you to the UK and to the University of Stirling. There’s a few extra things you need to do in preparation for your arrival, so we’ve prepared a useful checklist for you - International students information.

Got a question?

If you have any questions about student life then who better to ask than one of our current students!