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

The main timetable for each semester is published around a month before the start of semester, this reflects learning activities for the whole module cohort. See more details of how to use the timetable.

In addition, you should sign up for small group workshops and seminars within your modules on Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment, a week before the start of semester. The combination of both activities, through the main timetable and small group sessions, represent your personal timetable for the coming semester.  

For Autumn 2021 the timetable is now published and Canvas will be available for module small group class sign up from 10 September for undergraduate students and 20 September for postgraduates. Once you have enrolled on line, you'll be given access to Canvas. You'll find a site for each of your registered modules for this semester and within each module you will have the opportunity to sign up for teaching sessions. We recommend you do this as soon as possible as sessions will become full quickly.  This guide to Canvas will help you get started.

Each module space on Canvas will offer an outline of the activity on your module and a schedule of teaching sessions. You can use the calendar function in Canvas to record your personal timetable for the semester.

Welcome activities and information sessions

In your first few weeks the University is running a range of online and on-campus activities and useful information sessions to help your make a great start to life at Stirling.

See the welcome events and information sessions calendar

New student welcome visits

On Friday 3 September and Wednesday 8 September we're offering small guided campus tours, which will give you an in depth, look around our facilities and help you, find your way around before Welcome Week starts. The tours are open to all students but might be particularly helpful for anyone who wants a guided look around or wants to know about accessible routes and accessibility support at the University. There's also dedicated timeslots for mature students to meet each other and also for students not based in campus accommodation.

Our Accessibility and Inclusion staff will accompany all tours to answer any accessibility questions you may have.

Book a place for Friday 3 September

Book a place for Wednesday 8 September

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!