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Support Smart: New Students

Student Services' support guide for Academic School Staff and other student facing staff

New Students Introduction

Being a new student in a new learning environment, and possibly a new country or city is exciting, but not without its challenges. This section has resources to help you make that transition.

Start your Journey - campus tour

What you need to know before you arrive

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What you need to know before you come to university, what bring with you and what not to bring.

Tips for New Students

The complete university guide

The Complete University Guide has some excellent resources for new students.

Advice on preparing to go to University

Ten essentials all students should bring with them

The non drinker's (and/or shy person's) guide to Fresher's Week

What to bring to university

An Introvert's Guide to Surviving Freshers' Week

8 Steps to Help You Cope with Change

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.

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 

British Council - Pre-departure Guide from British Council



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LEARN Smart points you to information and resources that will help you in preparing for University, during your studies and in thinking about your career.

Adjusting to a new location

Meeting other new students

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Welcome /Freshers Week  is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of activities and events. It is also another good chance to meet other new students and familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and buildings. Look out for events which aim to bring students together in the Welcome Events Programme some of which are may be of interest to you or those specifically aimed at your circumstances.

These include:

  • Local Students Welcome Event for all those living in Dundee, Fife, Angus or Perthshire
  • Direct Entry, 3yr Degree, Global Programmes and Erasmus Exchange Students Welcome Event
  • Meet, Mix and Socialise Events – including one for Mature and Postgraduate Students
  • Campus Tours
  • Tours to local locations – McManus Galleries or Broughty Ferry Castle and Beach
  • Other Activities and Events on and off campus
  • ResLIfe events

See this article from Save The Student on How to make friends at university

What to Bring to University

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Finding your way around

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Dundee University is campus based, so it's easy to find your way around. It can be a little confusing at first, so view our campus map to help you find your way.

More information on our different campuses, including the Ninewells Campus and the Kirkcaldy Campus.

Peer Connections


Peer Connections

Peer Connections is a 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. Email

Socialising at University

Surviving Freshers Week and Avoiding Freshers' Flu

Student Safety Online

How to Register for Medical Care and Dentists

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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