Tips for new International Students

There’s lots to think about when you’re arriving to study at Edinburgh Napier University from abroad

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ENSA’s Top Tips for International Students Arriving at Napier 

There’s lots to think about when you’re arriving to study at Edinburgh Napier University from abroad. We’ve put together our top tips to make sure that you’re ready to make the most of your time at university! 

Arriving in the UK 

  • Check your Edinburgh Napier student email account regularly to make sure you do not miss out on key information 
  • Organise your trip to Edinburgh and plan transport. 
  • Make sure you have a place to stay on arrival, there are hotels that can be booked at  
  • Other information related to immigration and arriving in UK can be found from UKCISA.

Getting to know Edinburgh 

Edinburgh Napier University has created a guide for international students that tells you about the various campuses, the city, Edinburgh and other necessities.


Finding accommodation should be first on your list of things to do! 

  • Check out our accommodation advice page to make sure you know how to avoid falling prey of scams and get tips for finding housing
  • A step by step guide on how to go about securing private accommodation (either from student accommodation or letting agents) is available on Napier’s website.
  • The University offers student accommodation, and this page shows you the location of the residences as well as how to apply for them.

Useful tip: Did you know that there are some companies that can serve as your guarantor for a monthly fee? Search online for your preferred choice.


Edinburgh is an easy city to get around. Check out the links below to find out all about the bus, tram and train networks in the city. 

Useful tips: Did you know that the Trams travel from the airport to Leith and back? There are allocated places on the Tram for luggage. 

Free travel: If you are under 22, and live in Scotland for at least 6 months a year, you are eligible for a free bus pass

Things to sort on arrival

  • Get a UK sim card but be sure to know which phone provider works best in your area as all the networks have varying strength depending on the location.   
  • Get your Biometric Residence Permit BRP after settling down as this is your ID and will ensure you are allowed to work in the UK.   
  • Go shopping! Get winter jackets as well as thermal wear, hats, scarves, gloves and socks to protect you from the unpredictable Scottish weather. 
  • Further useful information for new internatioal students, including sorting a bank account, can be found on MyNapier. 

Registering at the University  

For details on how to get registered at the university, check MyNapier. Make sure that you check in

University Services 

Edinburgh Napier University renders different support services including wellbeing, disability and inclusion as well as library services.

Get familiar with your Students’ Association

ENSA, your students’ association, is the place to go to if you are interested in:

You can find us at B34 Merchiston Campus.

Useful tip: Do you know that you can free confidential and impartial advice on matters related to your study from ENSA Advice? You can book an appointment here


Once you’re in the UK make sure you register with your local GP practise

More information on health care and management can be found in our advice section.

Pharmacies can also offer advice on treatment for minor illnesses, without the need for an appointment, and can even give you some medicines for free, if you’re registered with a GP.  

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