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1. When am I expected to arrive at the University?

Stirling campus: the official start of semester is Monday 10 September 2018. View semester dates.

2. When is the earliest I can arrive?

If you are moving away from home and will be living in Stirling campus University accommodation, we recommend that you plan to arrive on Saturday 8 September 2018. Your University accommodation is available from that date.  You are welcome to arrive earlier than this if you wish, however you will need to make alternative accommodation arrangements. Please contact Accommodation Services for further information. It is worth bearing in mind that the campus is likely to be fairly quiet before semester begins, and certain key facilities, including the Students’ Union, may not be open before that date.

3. When is the latest I can arrive?

Regardless of where you are travelling from, and whether or not you will be living on campus, you do need to be at the University from Monday 10 September 2018, to attend the induction sessions and to complete the registration process. If, for any reason, you are planning to arrive at the University after this date, please contact for advice, and to make arrangements for your late arrival as necessary. 

4. When do classes start?

Classes start on Monday 10 September 2018 but UG students will first attend an introductory session for each of your 3 modules.  When available, the list of introductory meetings will be available here. The full academic timetable will be available at (linked from 'Timetables' > 'Timetable Generator').

5. Can I bring my car?

Due to limited parking spaces available on campus, first year students who live on campus are not allowed to bring a car onto campus.

Second, third and fourth year students, plus any students who do not live on campus, are welcome to apply for a parking permit.

Please contact the car parking office for more information.

6. What is the best way to get to the campus?

The University can be accessed easily by public transport.

If you are going to be bringing a lot of stuff with you, there is no substitute for someone bringing you in their car and helping you to unload at the other end!

If you are planning to fly, you can choose to arrive into either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports (Glasgow International, not Prestwick). Edinburgh Airport is a bit closer than Glasgow. You can book an airport transfer online if you wish.

7. Where should I go when I first arrive on campus?

If you are living in a Hall of Residence or flat on campus, we recommend that you go there as soon as you arrive. There will be plenty of time to explore later!

There is 24 hour access to a reception desk, however this may be located in another property. You simply go to the desk, introduce yourself and then you will be given your room keys. If you have any problems on the day, some of our current students will be on hand to advise you and to help out as necessary.

8. Is it OK if my family come along to drop me off?

Absolutely! In fact, you should probably encourage at least one person to come with you, so that you don’t have to unload and unpack all your bags on your own!

At Stirling we appreciate that going to university is a big step, not just for you, but also for the people closest to you. Seeing you arrive safely and start to get settled can be especially important for your parents.

9. Do I need to do any preparation for my first week of classes?

You can view your book list and check the faculty induction pages.

10. My family are dropping me off, we will have travelled a long way – where can they spend the night in Stirling?

Stirling Court Hotel

Stirling Court Hotel (formerly Stirling Management Centre) is a three star hotel and conference centre located right here on the campus, just a short walk away from the residences, making us the ideal place to stay while dropping family off to University or visiting later in the year.  We have fantastic off peak bed and breakfast rates available (our rates include free access to the university's swimming pool, gymnasium and campus grounds).

Destination Stirling

From boutique hotels to charming guest houses, you can look forward to the warmest of welcomes here in Stirling. Find out more or book online at

We would advise you to book a place to stay before you arrive in Stirling, as several parents may be planning to spend the weekend.

11. Where can I get more information about accommodation and settling in?

The accommodation section of the website should provide you with all the information you need to know about settling into halls.

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