What to expect when you arrive

Edinburgh's Calton HillWe are delighted that you have chosen to study at Edinburgh Napier University, and hope you'll find life as a student here in Edinburgh an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Below you'll find the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.


When should I arrive at the University and where do I go?

You'll find the when and where of your first session in the letter you receive with your Welcome Guide or on our room finder which is published shortly before you arrive. Then just check our campus maps for directions and you're all set.

Students on exchange will all attend an induction session together, to help you meet and get to know each other. For new students coming from European institutions, this will take place in Craiglockhart Campus and for students from the US and Canada this will be in the same location - dates to be confirmed.


What will happen during my first week at Edinburgh Napier University?

Your first week is your welcome and induction to the University. You will matriculate (register as an Edinburgh Napier student); receive an introduction to your course, school and faculty; and have the opportunity to sign up for events, clubs and societies organised by Napier Students' Association.

You'll also receive an introduction to the computing and library services, to show you how to use the University computer network, library systems and access your email account.


Other important things for you to do in your first week are:

  • meet your Programme Leader and fellow students
  • watch the Principal's University Welcome
  • receive and read your course handbook and timetable
  • register any special needs with Disability & Inclusion- you can visit them or email disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk
  • familiarise yourself with the University and Edinburgh, and settle into your accommodation
  • register with a doctor
  • select your option modules



What do I need to bring?

To matriculate and officially become an Edinburgh Napier University student, you need to bring:

    • proof of who is paying your fees - otherwise you may be expected to pay
    • exam certificates - to get signed up on your course
    • Welcome Pack and accompanying letter - which contains information you may find useful during your first few weeks.


Overseas students will also need to bring their passport and visa stamp.

In order to ensure your student card is ready for you when you arrive at your matriculation session, please email a passport-style jpg file to idcards@napier.ac.uk (including your full name and Edinburgh Napier Number).