Guide to your first week

Starting university is a very exciting time, and there will be lots of things to do before you start classes. That's why we've created a handy guide to help you navigate your way through your first weeks.

Staying in University accommodation?

You'll be given a moving in date, time and key collection point, once you've completed the accommodation induction on our portal.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic there are currently extra considerations for coming to University accommodation to help keep the community safe.

Moving in information
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Welcome activities

In your first weeks you'll be able to join activities and useful information sessions to help you make a great start to life at Stirling. We've got a range of on campus and online events so that you can take part no matter where you're studying from!

See what's on

Faculty welcome and your first meetings

Course teams in each Faculty will arrange for you to meet the staff, other students and learn how things work at Stirling. You'll get essential information to help you settle in and find your feet. Inductions will be delivered both online and face-to-face in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Select your Faculty for more information:

If you're unsure of what Faculty you are part of then see our list of subjects and the Faculty that runs them.

Academic timetables

Depending on the way your modules are taught, your timetable will be made up of two components. Details of these components are made available to you one month and one week before semester begins.

You may have some large group learning activities, such as interactive lectures, along with some smaller group activities such as workshops or seminars. The large group events are for everyone on your module and form part of the main timetable. All students on the module are expected to attend these sessions. See more details of how to view your timetable.

Depending on the size of your module group, you will be given a choice of times to attend these groups. These sessions may include tutorials, labs, seminars etc. You will have the opportunity to sign up to a time which suits you through Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment, from a week before semester starts, or when you enrol online if after that date. You must attend the small group session at your chosen time. We recommend you sign up for sessions as soon as possible as they will become full quickly. This guide to Canvas will help you get started.

The combination of both activities, through the main timetable and small group sessions, represent your personal timetable for the coming semester. To see your own timetable you can access it via My Timetable on the University App. It will show both large group teaching sessions on your modules and, once you have registered for small groups, your full personal timetable for the coming semester.

Welcome activities and information sessions

In your first few weeks the University will run a range of online and on-campus activities and useful information sessions to help your make a great start to life at Stirling. Find out more about our welcome events. You can also join our Be Connected programme of events, resources and activities designed to keep you connected with the University community.

Student ID card, enrolment, finance or other queries

You will be fully enrolled once you have completed all of the online enrolment processes and received your ID card. Find out how you will receive your student ID card. For help in navigating the enrolment process, queries about finance, visas or anything else which is worrying you, contact the Student Hub via LiveChat from your portal.

Meeting your personal tutor

All students will be allocated a personal tutor. Details of who your personal tutor is will appear on your portal once you are fully enrolled. They will be in touch to arrange to meet you in the first two weeks of semester.

Find out more about the role of your personal tutor.

Medical Centre new patient registration

The medical and dental centre on campus is open for new registrations.

See how to register for the medical or dental centre.


We know that getting connected to the Wi-Fi is one of the first things you will want to do.  Read the instructions on how to access the Wi-Fi.

If you need help getting connected to Wi-Fi then our Wi-Fi Wizards will be around to help you.

Sport, health and wellbeing

University of Stirling Sport offers a comprehensive programme of sport, health and wellbeing activities throughout the year for students of all abilities and interests.

Find out more about sport at Stirling.

COVID-19 vaccination centre and testing

A new on-campus vaccination centre is now in operation at the University of Stirling, allowing students, University staff and members of the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone living in Scotland who requires a first or second dose of the vaccine can attend. This includes international students arriving on campus and those who are not yet registered with a GP.

Find out more and see the opening times.


University is about finding your own way – but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Our student support team is here to listen and offer guidance.

Life at Stirling

Get all the info about life on campus and in the city Stirling, from where the nearest supermarkets are, to what activities you can get involved in and what's on.

Study at Stirling

The first couple of weeks can be a very busy and confusing time, so here's the info you need to get started on your academic life.

Got a question?

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