Before you arrive

We can’t wait to welcome you to the University of Stirling, whether you are studying on campus or online. Make the most of your time at Stirling from the moment you arrive on campus or begin your studies by working through this list.

Start dates

Your start date will depend on the level or type of course you're studying. Start dates may have changed since you applied, so you must check information for your course. You are expected to be available to attend on-campus teaching from the start of your course. You need to live locally, engage in your studies and attend campus regularly to take part in classes. Your attendance in teaching activities will be recorded and monitored to support your success.

See the start dates


Prepare to study

Before you arrive, get ready to start your studies at Stirling by taking part in free online workshops to develop your skills and understand expectations of studying with us. Access Stirling Essentials, an on-line module to help you prepare for study at University. You must complete the essential activities in each section. We recommend you work through this module before you arrive. Stirling Essentials will be available throughout your studies as it is the gateway to a wide range of advice and study skills resources.

Download the Stirling app

Get all your university services at your fingertips with the University of Stirling app. The app provides your personalised timetable and real-time, on-the-go, anytime information to support you during your time at Stirling. It's available free for all students.

If you are not able to access the University App on your device, you can use a web browser.

Download the app

Find out more about our personal safety app - SafeZone

IT equipment and digital skills

Make sure you have access to a laptop or computer as you require this to be able to study effectively on all our courses. We have laptops available for short and longer term loans

Read our guide on how to set up multi-factor authentication so you can access our online resources. 

You also need basic digital skills in using software such as Office 365. We offer workshops if you need to improve your skills. 

See our IT guidance and support available at Stirling


Group student work happening in library

International students

We can’t wait to welcome you to the UK and to the University of Stirling. It is essential that you work through our international student induction programme, a series of free online workshops to help you understand the expectations of studying at Stirling.

There’s also some extra things you need to do in preparation for your arrival, so we’ve got lots of useful guidance for you in our international students section.

Enrol online

Follow our easy online enrolment process. This includes:

  • Setting up your University of Stirling student computer account
  • Registering for the modules you want to study this year
  • Payment of fees
  • Uploading a photo for your student ID card

Arrange your accommodation

If you haven’t already sorted out accommodation, then check out your on- and off-campus options now.


Make a list of what to pack

Read our handy list with suggestions of what you need to bring with you.

What to bring with you

Organise your travel to campus

Don’t leave it to the last minute to work out how you’re getting to campus.

Getting here

Check and update your vaccinations

NHS Scotland advises all students to ensure they have received up-to-date vaccines for:

If you're not sure how many doses of the coronavirus vaccine you're eligible for and how you'll be offered them, you can use this self-help guide or call 0800 030 8013.

For other vaccines phone your GP to check if you've had all the recommended doses you're eligible for. Your GP will check your records and advise if it's clinically appropriate for you to receive any vaccines or further doses.

For more information, visit the NHS Inform website.

Student using a laptop computer

Studying online

If you are undertaking your study online, away from campus, remember all our services are available online including Student Support Services and Student Learning Services. Our library carries a wide range of electronic resources and our Be Connected programme offers online activities for our Stirling community of students and staff. You will need to consider having an appropriate place to study, without distractions and where you can take part actively with classes online, with a good WiFi connection and appropriate device.

See how we can support you

Our Student Support Services team are always on hand to offer advice and guidance on a range of topics including money advice, support for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties, as well as counselling and wellbeing support.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulties for which you may need support please contact Student Support Services. See our Accessibility and inclusion information. There's also support information available for care experienced young people.

Managing your money

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your finances and you will want to be as prepared as possible.

Once you know what funding is available to help you through your studies, it is important to start thinking about what you will need to spend it on, and how far it will stretch.

Managing your money at university can be a challenge if you are away from home for the first time, managing SAAS or Student Finance payments (without spending the whole lot), or changing your employment to fit around your studies. It is therefore essential to plan ahead financially.

See our useful information on budgeting as well as advice and tips on managing your money.

Additional things to do before you arrive

To avoid having to do everything on-site the day you arrive on campus, there are a few more things you can complete beforehand to make settling in easier:

Sport Centre membership

Affordable sports and gym membership options

Register with our on campus doctor and dentist

If you are living on campus the medical and dental centre on campus is open for new registrations.

Follow us on social media

Find out what’s happening around campus by following us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook or Twitter.

Students from China can also follow us on Weibo and WeChat.

Finding part-time work

Find out more about applying for part-time work in the UK or overseas

Register to vote

Find out everything you need to know about voting in the UK

Get a Stirling Uni hoodie

Feel a sense of belonging to Stirling and get one of our iconic American Letter Hoodies. Check out the range available at the Stirling Students' Union online shop.

Got a question?

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