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 week on campus.

Staying in University accommodation?

You'll be able to select a moving in date and time once you've completed the accommodation induction on our portal. Due to the coronavirus pandemic there are extra considerations for coming to University accommodation in January to help keep the community safe.

Find out more about arriving at your accommodation
Students walking in the accommodation village

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.

Find out more about Welcome activities

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.

Use the timetable generator on the Student Portal to create your own timetable and check for any clashes.

The timetable grid displayed will show all the live (on campus or online) teaching activities for the modules entered. Details of other learning activities (such as discussion boards or recorded material), which can be undertaken at a time to suit you, will be provided in Canvas.

Once you have enrolled on line, you'll be given access to Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment. For undergraduate students this will be from 11 January 2021 and for postgraduate students it will be 25 January 2021. This guide to Canvas will help you get started.

On Canvas you will find a site for each of your registered modules 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.  

Each module 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.

Log in to Canvas.

In your first fews 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.

See the welcome activities for students starting in January or February 2021

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.

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.

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 are here to help you. You'll find them, in the Library on level 2 in front of the Information Centre.

Book an appointment with a Wi-Fi Wizard

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.


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!