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Moving to a new country to study can be a daunting experience. We are able to provide advice on a number of issues affecting international students, from social activities to academic procedures.

You might have lots of questions about life in Scotland and you’re very welcome to pop into the Advice Hub for a chat!

For any problems that need solving, from immigration advice and visas to welfare issues, we’ll most likely direct you to the International Students Advice Office. You can find them in the Student Services Centre, just along from us in the Hugh Nisbet Building.

If you’re looking for ways to meet people and get involved on campus, make sure you check out available volunteering opportunities and societies, as well as the MATES scheme.

It's very important that you understand the rules about referencing for your course, learn more in our study skills section.


When you move to the UK, finding somewhere to live is likely to be one of your top priorities. Being accepted into University doesn't guarentee you a place to live and the Advice Hub can't find you somewhere for you, but we may be able to offer advice if you're uncertain about something.

We've made a guide all about accomodation so make sure to check it out.

Bank accounts

Setting up a bank account is an important step in your move to the UK, and it's best to avoid bringing large amounts of cash with you when you start studying. Thinking about opening a bank account with plenty of time to spare can save a lot of hastle and worry, so make sure to plan ahead.

The University have a guide for international students on how to open a bank account.

A few things to familiarise yourself with

The rules about citation and plagarism may be different in the UK from where you've studied before, so make sure you understand the rules and are properly citing your sources. Learn more in our study skills section.

It's very important that you register with a doctor in the UK in case you're ill, there is a General Practice (GP) on campus, and you can find out more info about them here.

If something is affecting your studies, such as illness or a bereavement, then you need to gather evidence and apply for mitigating circumstances as soon as possible, we have guide all about mitigating circumstances here.

Academic English Skills

The university offers one-to-one academic skills consultations for all students (whether English is your first language or not) with academic writing advice on coursework using an appropriate structure and style find out more information and book a session here.

Can the advice hub help me with my Visa?

Unfortunatley we can't offer any advice on visas or immigration, but we can direct you to the International Students Advice Office, who will be able to help you!

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