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.

Students sitting at the loch

Welcome events

Welcome week starts on Saturday 10 September 2022. We'll be running a range of activities during both the daytime and evening to help you find your feet and make a great start to life at Stirling. More details to be announced in August.

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.

Moving in information

People in student accommodation

Things to do

Meet your teachers and classmates

Meet your teachers, classmates and find out how things work at our online and on campus events. You'll get essential information to help you settle in. 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.

Find out when and where your classes are

Here's how to get your personalised class timetable:

  1. Download the University App to access your personalised timetable which is populated with details of lectures and other full class activities for your modules, once you enrol.
  2. Next, you need to sign up for seminars and other small group sessions for your modules via Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment, before they will appear on your personalised timetable. It is available from a week before the start of semester. Sign up quickly because the sessions can fill up quickly. This guide to Canvas will help you get started.
  3. Once you have signed up for sessions on Canvas, they will appear in your personalised timetable on the App the next day. Your timetable is now ready!

Your timetable indicates:

  • the module code for each activity
  • the type of teaching activity (e.g. lecture (L) or a tutorial (T))
  • the weeks of semester the activity takes place (e.g. wk1-3)
  • the location of the class  (online is noted as “virtual” or a room on campus e.g. C. B23= Cottrell Building, B corridor, room 23). Finding your way to classes can take a little time, so allow plenty time. Use our maps and floorplans to help you locate your teaching rooms.

If you have questions then use LiveChat on the portal or ask at the information desks on campus when you arrive. Remember classes start on the first day of semester so prepare your personalised timetable before semester begins. We try not to change the timetable after it is published, but sometimes this is unavoidable, so please check your timetable regularly.

Meet friends, find out more and have some fun!

In your first few weeks we will run a range of online and on campus events and activities to help you meet friends and have fun. There is also a range of events designed to help you settle in, find out how things work at university and develop the skills you need to succeed and be happy at Stirling. The fun and support does not end after week one, our student life programme Be Connected continues throughout semester with a range of activities.

Student ID card, enrolment, finance or other queries

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

Meet your personal tutor

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor in the first week and their details 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. Your tutor will be with you throughout your studies to offer advice and signpost help as required.

Find out more about the role of your personal tutor.

Register with our on campus doctor and dentist

To access medical care you should be registered with a local doctor and dentist in the area where you live. If you are living on campus the medical and dental centre on campus is open for new registrations.

See how to register for the medical or dental centre.

Connect to Wi-Fi on campus

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 and keeping active

On campus we offer a wide range of sports and exercise options whether you are an elite athlete or a complete beginner - everyone is welcome!

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.

Students walking on campus

Getting around campus

All facilities are just a short walk from each other. Use our map to see the best routes to take.

Got a question?

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