Skip to Main Content

LIVE Smart: International Students

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee. Aligned with LEARN Smart

Learn why our international students choose Dundee University

International Student Advice Service

Information on the University's

International Student Advice Service

international flags


Finding Private Accommodation - Advice for International Students

Dundee street image

Finding private accommodation: advice for international students.

Advice if you're moving to the UK and are not using University arranged accommodation, or are moving from University housing to private

Information about Scotland

A fun directory of all things Scottish. Find out more about Scotland, its culture, history and much, much more.

Rampant Scotland Directory

Scottish flag

Accent- Cultural Transitions

Environment- Cultural Transitions

British Council Information for International Students - Interview with a UK Police Officer

Find out about our Police Officers and how they may assist you whilst studying abroad.

An Interview with a UK Police Officer

Young Scot National Entitlement Card

The Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) is free of charge to 11-to-26-year-olds living in Scotland. Use it for money off the things you love, exclusive Rewards, Proof-of-Age and much more. Simply click on your local authority below to apply for a new or replacement card, or update your photo.

Young Scot

Free Online Course - Prepare to Study and Live in the UK

Free Online Course from British Council:

Prepare to Study and Live in UK

British Council

Be prepared for university study in the UK by familiarising yourself with UK culture and higher education.

Scotland - Information and Culture

Social Life - Cultural Transitions

Culture - Cultural Transitions

Medications and Pre-existing Conditions

Students on medications or those that have pre-existing medical conditions: If you need a prescribed medication on an ongoing basis make sure that you have brought sufficient quantities with you, at least 4 weeks supply, which will be enough until you register with a local doctor in Dundee.


If you are an international student and require prescribed medication for a pre-existing medical condition, it is important that you bring a doctor's letter (in English) with you to give to the doctor in Dundee explaining your medical diagnosis / condition, and any prescribed medications you require to continue taking.

If you do not do this it may take some time to get a required prescription from the GP (General Practitioner - doctor) in Dundee and this may result in a gap in medication which may affect your ability to study.

How to Register for Medical Care and Dentists

health icons

You can find your nearest GPs, dentists and pharmacies using NHS 24's website. Enter your postcode and the service you are looking for.

Find out more about how to register by visiting the University Health Service Website

Creating Confidence Safety Guide for International Students

British Council Information for International Students - Interview with a University Counsellor

Find out about the support available for students from a University Counsellor.

Interview with a University Counsellor

UKCISA Culture Shock - Adapting to a New Culture


 large group of students having fun

Student societies are groups of like-minded students who aim to promote an activity, cause or an interest in a particular culture on campus. It is also the one of the best ways to make new friends, find others from the same culture and make the most out of your university life. Trying a new sport or hobby is a perfect break from the academic pattern of student life.


Peer Connections


Peer Connections logo - joined hands

Peer Connections is the University's welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme to help all students settle in, show you around, meet, mix and share information and experience with other students. Buddy groups are offered to all incoming exchange students by Peer Connections. Individual mentoring for new students is also offered. Find out more and sign up for a buddy/mentor online.

Global Room

Global Room

The Global Room is a social space on City Campus for students to relax, meet new people and celebrate cultural events. They also run a range of online events every week that you can participate in. For more information email 

Friends In the Community

Group of international students

Friends International Dundee is a group of people living in Dundee who like to welcome international students. Meet them at the International Student Cafe, Saturday evenings at St Peter's Church, or visit their website.

Food - Cultural Transitions

Asking for Help - Cultural Transitions

Guide to Using Toilets in the UK for International Students

Returning Home - Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse culture shock can sometimes happen when you return to your home country /culture

Here are 5 top tips to help