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Welcome

Congratulations on receiving an offer of a place at Queen Margaret University (QMU).

Please familiarise yourself with the following information and check the QMU website and social media feeds for important information about preparing to #STEPintoQMU.

If you would like to join our QMU International Facebook page, please find us at facebook.com/QMUInternational.

We hope that you have a safe journey to Edinburgh and enjoy your time with us.

Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University (QMU) has a total student population of over 5,000 students. Around 50% of our students are from outside the UK, from over 90 countries.

Our small size ensures that QMU has a friendly atmosphere and a strong sense of community, allowing our students to settle in quickly and easily access a network of support services.

We are confident you will have a positive experience with us.

You can find more information about the University on our website: qmu.ac.uk.

Scotland

Scotland makes up the northern part of the UK and has a population of over 5 million people. Although Scotland is part of the UK, it has its own devolved parliament, as well as having distinct education and legal systems.

There is something for everyone in Scotland – historic buildings and castles, tourist attractions, events and festivals, outdoor activities such as golf and hill-walking.

For further information on Scotland visit visitscotland.com.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and is located in the south-east of the country. Edinburgh is frequently voted as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and one of the best places to live in the UK.

The city has a population of around 500,000, of whom around 10% are students studying in its four universities and colleges.

As one of the most picturesque cities in the world, Edinburgh boasts an amazing mix of galleries and museums, restaurants and bars, and parks and gardens. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh combines the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. The city is also host to several arts and cultural festivals throughout the year. The most famous of these events are the Edinburgh Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Hogmanay Street Party on Princes Street.

Edinburgh is compact and very easy to get around on foot or by using the excellent public transport system. The city has excellent road, rail and air transport links making it easily accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond and allowing you to explore other parts of Scotland and the UK.

For further information on Edinburgh see Visit Scotland's guide to Edinburgh.

Pre-Arrival

Visa & Immigration

Immigration

You will need to check if you require a visa to study in the UK: Check UK visa at gov.uk.

Student Visa System

For full details on the complete immigration policy, you should visit the UK Visa & Immigration website. In order to obtain a Student visa for a course at Queen Margaret University you must be in receipt of an Unconditional Firm Offer, and have paid a deposit towards your tuition fees at QMU or provided evidence of sponsorship. You must then request a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the Admissions Office. After you have satisfied these requirements QMU will issue you with a CAS which you will be able to use to complete your Visa Application.

Information and Guidance on obtaining your Student visa, paying your deposit etc. is available on our website: Visas and Immigration.

Visa Problems

Whilst the University will do all that it can to check the likelihood of a successful visa application, an offer of a place at the University and an issuing of a CAS does not guarantee the issue of a Student visa. Responsibility for valid student “Leave to Remain” in the UK lies with the student at all times.

Local Assistance

All countries have a British Embassy/British High Commission and most also have a local British Council Office who can provide help or advice. Check your local phone directory to locate them or visit the British Council website.

Immigration Health Surcharge

An immigration health surcharge will be required to be paid by nonEEA nationals who apply to come to the UK to study for more than 6 months. This means that health surcharge payers will be able to access the National Health Service in the same way as a permanent resident, i.e. they will receive NHS care generally free of charge but may be charged for services a permanent resident would also pay for, such as dental treatment. The health surcharge is payable in full at the time of the immigration application. The amount charged will be calculated based on the amount of time a migrant would be permitted to stay in the UK.

Further information about the immigration health surcharge can be found on gov.uk.

Credibility Interviews

As part of the application process you may be required to attend an interview to confirm your reasons for choosing the UK, the QMU and your course, how you intend to fund your studies in the UK and also how this fits into your career aspirations.

Biometric Residence Permits

You will receive a vignette in your passport which will last for 30-90 days. Within 10 days of arrival in the UK you will be required to go to a designated Post Office in order to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). However, if you are unable to attend your designated Post Office within 30 days you will not be penalised for this, and should collect your BRP as soon as you are able to. Upon receipt of your BRP you should scan both sides and email this to international@qmu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

Queen Margaret University offers on campus accommodation in our student halls of residence.

There are 800 single bedrooms, in self-contained flats for three to six students. Each flat has a shared kitchen/living area. You are recommended to apply in advance as availability cannot be guaranteed.

We are unable to provide accommodation for couples or families.

Students should apply for accommodation online via our Accommodation system. Once your application has been processed you will be sent an offer of accommodation which you should accept and make a £250 prepayment to confirm your place.

Please note that once you sign the accommodation lease, it is legally binding for 38 or 50 weeks. One semester study abroad/exchange students who sign an accommodation lease are liable for the duration of the semester.

What is provided?

Each en-suite single bedroom is equipped with a bed, wardrobe, desk, chest of drawers, shelves and chair and has en-suite facilities consisting of a toilet, shower and sink. Each bedroom has a WIFI internet connection. The kitchen contains a fridge, freezer, electric cooker, microwave, an electric kettle and an electric toaster. Irons and ironing boards are provided and shared amongst groups of students as are brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners. Each living area (open plan to the Kitchen) is equipped with a dining table and chairs.

Personal contents insurance is also provided as part of the lease.

What you will need to provide

Single or double sheets, pillow, pillowcases, towels, a duvet and duvet cover, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.

Emergency bedding packs are available on loan for a couple of nights. These are limited in number and can be obtained on arrival at the University.

Alternatively, you may prefer to purchase some of these items locally on arrival.

Student Residences

Students can see a video of the QMU Accommodation as well as the online application form on our accommodation web pages.

When to arrive

Accommodation will advise on the arrival period once your place in accommodation is confirmed, and you should liaise with Accommodation Services about your arrival so that they know when to expect you.

Those who wish to arrive earlier to carry out a 14 day self-isolation can do so at no extra cost, and should contact Accommodation Services to arrange this.

You can contact the Accommodation team directly with
any questions: accommodation@qmu.ac.uk.

External Accommodation

You can find information about searching for accommodation off
campus in our handy guide.

Accommodation can also be found via the following links:

What to bring

Think about what type of clothing you will need to help you cope with the changeable weather in Scotland. Several thin layers of clothes are often more effective against the cold than one thick jumper or jacket. We recommend that you pack some long-sleeved jerseys or pullovers and a warm winter jacket. Sturdy footwear and thick socks will keep your feet warm in late autumn and winter. A hat, scarf and gloves are also recommended. Don’t worry if these might not be readily available in your home country, as there are many shops in Edinburgh where you can buy these at reasonably cheap prices.

International students often like to bring food and plant products from home with them when they come to study in the UK. You may not realise that there are strict rules governing the import of these products into European. Information about the products you can and cannot bring with you can be found on the DEFRA website.

Personal Insurance

It is a good idea to take out insurance for your personal belongings especially if staying off-campus. A number of companies offer inexpensive cover. Search on the internet for ‘Student Personal Insurance’.

Further Advice

Visit the UKCISA website  as it is an excellent source of advice for international students, and includes many useful information pages.

Getting to Edinburgh

When to Arrive

Induction for many students takes place week beginning 7 September. Admissions will have sent you an email to inform you of your exact start date. More information about the induction programme

You may wish to plan your travel so that you have a few days of rest to get over jet lag and get used to your new surroundings before the Student Induction, or plan in time to carry out a 14 day self-isolation. If you do intend to arrive earlier than your lease begins please contact accommodation in advance to ensure a place will be available for you.

Arriving in the UK

Clearing Immigration

You will need to bring the following documents with you when travelling to the UK:

  • Passport: A valid passport is required. Check that your passport is valid for a minimum of one year after you enter the UK. If in doubt get a new passport.
  • Visa or Entry Clearance: See the 'Pre-Arrival' section on how to obtain a visa/entry clearance.
  • Offer Letter: We would also recommend you bring a copy of your offer documents sent to you by our Admissions Team.

Getting to the University

From Edinburgh Airport

Taxi

The easiest way to travel from Edinburgh Airport to the University is to take a taxi. Taxis run on a meter, and this journey would cost approximately £35-40. City Cab’s taxi’s are queued up on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park outside the main exit. Follow the signs for ‘taxis’.

Alternatively, you can book a taxi in advance. The two black cab companies in Edinburgh are Central Taxis and City Cabs.

Both companies offer larger taxis and are good if you have a lot of luggage. The taxi companies are perfectly safe and secure, and in response to Covid-19 are cleaning down between passengers and there is a screen in place between driver and passenger.

Airport Bus

A regular Airport Bus service to the city centre is available from outside the main terminal building. The cost is £4.50 and the journey time to Waverley Bridge (opposite Waverley Train Station) is 25 minutes.

From Waverley Bridge you can either take a taxi to the University (fare approximately £25 and journey time 20-30 minutes) or take a train from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Musselburgh.

Tram

A regular tram service to the city centre is available from outside the main terminal building. The cost is £6.50 and the journey time to St Andrew’s Square (near Waverley Train Station) is 30 minutes. From St Andrew’s Square you can either take a taxi to the University (fare approximately £25 and journey time 20-30 minutes) or take a train from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Musselburgh.

From Edinburgh Waverley Train Station

An hourly train service runs between Edinburgh Waverley and Musselburgh (the nearest station to the University). Taking a train from Edinburgh Waverley to Musselburgh will take under 10 minutes and there are regular trains during the day and a single fare will cost around £2.90. The University Campus is a 2 minute walk from Musselburgh station.

Edinburgh Bus Station

St Andrews Square Bus Station is Edinburgh’s main bus terminus. From here you can either get a taxi to the University (fare approximately £25 and journey time 20-30 minutes) or walk the short distance to Edinburgh Waverley Train Station and take the short train ride to Musselburgh and the University. Whilst there are also a number of bus services to the University from the city centre these would not be suitable when travelling with a lot of luggage.

Glasgow Airport

Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport please follow signs for Buses/Coaches and proceed to Stance 1. From here board the Number 500 bus service to Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station then onward train station to Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station then onward to Edinburgh Waverley.

Wear a Face Mask 

It is mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport in Scotland, and the taxi companies will also request that you wear a face mask.

After you Arrive

Police Registration

Due to Covid-19 outbreak, and in line with government advice about social distancing, all nationality registrations are temporarily suspended until further notice. It is not known at this time when normal service is expected to resume.

If you are required to register with the police as part of your visa conditions, please do not worry, this decision has been taken in conjunction with the Home Office and is deemed as a reasonable excuse for failing to register within the seven days stated in legislation.

Any changes to this position will be communicated via the Police Scotland website.

Matriculation

All students are required to formally register with QMU and sign a declaration that they agree to abide by the University’s regulations, including the payment of fees and other tuition costs. This registration process is referred to as matriculation.

You should matriculate online in advance of arriving on our website. You will require your student number to log-in, which can be found on your offer letter. Once you have matriculated, you will be able to access student services such as email and the internet. An email will be sent from Registry prompting new students to complete the process. Please do not attempt to complete the matriculation process before you have received the email.

If you are required to show immigration documents to the International Office you will be sent an email to explain what is required of you. Upon receipt of your documents your student card will be sent to you.

If you have any queries regarding matriculation please contact Student Records at registry@qmu.ac.uk.

Tuition Fees

Details of fees for the academic year 2020/21 are available on the QMU website.

The Finance Office will issue you with an invoice for your tuition fees for that year after you have matriculated. These are due to be paid, in full, 21 days after the invoice date, however an instalment option is available as described in this section.

One Single Payment: Students can pay their tuition fees in full on or before arrival. For tuition fees over £9,000, where the student is self-funding and the fee is settled in full prior to 31 October or within 7 days from the date of invoice, whichever is the later a 5% discount will be applied. The discount will be calculated at 5% of the net fee payable (i.e. after any scholarship).

Instalments: You can choose to pay these by instalments by Direct Debit. You must hold a UK Bank Account to operate this system. Instalments start in October and run through to May the following year (8 payments). No other form of instalment plan is accepted.

You must complete a Direct Debit Mandate, which you will find on the QMU Portal as soon as you have your UK bank account details. Please note that if you miss one instalment, the Finance Office will automatically request the remaining outstanding balance.

Credit Card Payments: You can pay your Fees, in full, by credit card or debit card at the Finance Office. You should check prior to payment whether you will be charged by your bank for using your card abroad and what this charge will be.

Sponsored Students: Sponsored students should provide written evidence of who will be sponsoring their studies and what exactly will be paid by the sponsor.

Regardless of how you decide to pay your tuition fees it is essential that you arrange a payment method with the Finance Office within 21 days of your arrival at QMU. A full copy of our Student Debt Recovery Procedures can be found on our website.

International Induction Events

All International Students on a Student visa are required to attend the International Student Induction. There will be a face-to-face session on Wednesday, 9 September at 4.00pm in the Halle Lecture Theatre on Level 3.

If you are unable to join the face-to-face session due to being overseas or completing a 14 day self-isolation, we will also run two sessions online on Thursday, 10 September as follows:

If you are an EU student who would like to know more about the EU Settlement Scheme there will be an online session for you on Friday, 11 September as follows: 

All times above are British Summer Time (BST).

Walking Tour of Musselburgh

You are invited to join the local residents Geoff and Sylvia Mason on a walking tour of Musselburgh on Monday, 7 September or Monday, 21 September at 5.30pm.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please email international@qmu.ac.uk.

Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Join a QMU alumnus and local tour guide for an introduction to 900 years of Edinburgh’s history and heritage. From kilts and kings to castles and volcanoes, get up-close and personal with the historic Old Town, and explore highlights and hidden gems along the narrow lanes and alleys of the medieval city.

We have arranged two tours: Saturday, 12 September at 1.00pm-3.00pm Saturday, 26 September at 1.00pm-3.00pm.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please email international@qmu.ac.uk.

Visit to the Botanic Gardens

Meet local resident Sylvia Mason on Sunday, 4 October and she will lead you on a trip to visit Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.

Students not living on campus can be met in the city centre by prior agreement. Please inform Sylvia where you plan to meet the group (University or city centre).

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please email sylviarmason@talktalk.net.

Further Advice

Visit the UKCISA website  as it is an excellent source of advice for international students, and includes many useful information pages.

Studying at QMU

Term Dates

A full calendar of the Academic Year is provided on our website.

Teaching and Learning Methods

During your studies at QMU, it is possible that methods of teaching and learning will differ from what you are used to. For more information on how teaching and learning will look this semester please visit our website: Teaching and Learning at QMU during coronavirus.

Lectures

Traditional teaching, where a lecturer speaks on a particular subject to many students.

Tutorials 

This is where you meet your tutor with a small group of students. Here you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the topic and contribute to discussions.

Independent Study

You are expected to do a fair amount of independent study either on your own or in small groups. To be able to contribute in class and to write assignments you are expected to read about your subject. Reading lists are provided as guidance.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out through examinations and course work. Do not put work off to the last minute as pressure soon mounts.

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in the UK. You should NEVER copy someone else’s work or even repeat it in different words without stating where you found the information and who it came from. Guides about referencing are available from the Learning Resource Centre.

Remember, if you are struggling with your studies you must seek advice from academic staff rather than wait for them to approach you.

Further information about study methods used in the UK is provided on the UKCISA website.

Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)

Your Personal Academic Tutor is the member of staff who will be your guide and mentor for academic issues throughout your time at QMU. Your PAT will:

  • A friendly and helpful first point of contact within the institution
  • Be a source of advice and guidance on all matters relating to academic progress
  • Act as a link with other academic staff
  • Be aware of the broader network of support services at QMU and advise you as appropriate

Support at QMU

English Language and Study Skills Support

Free English language support is available from the Effective Learning Service, which is based in the Learning Resource Centre. The Effective Learning Service provides support for all students wishing to develop their English language skills. The Effective Learning Service can also help with study skills.

For information on the support available and how to make an appointment with one of the team visit the Effective Learning Service

The Effective Learning Service can be contacted at ELSinternational@qmu.ac.uk.

Student Services

Student Services acknowledge the diversity of students’ backgrounds and experiences, and have established a range of support services designed to meet students needs and requirements.

There is a team of specialists in the areas of careers and student employment, disability advice, counselling and well-being, financial advice, transition and preentry guidance, and a medical service linked with Riverside Medical Practice in Musselburgh for those students living on campus.

Services are confidential and free. Further information about student services can be found on our website.

International Office

The International Office team are available to help answer any questions you have, particularly if you have any enquiries about immigration and extending your visa. We offer information and advice on a range of topics and can also provide you with supporting letters for extending your visa, inviting a family member to visit you, and for visiting another country.

Once at the University, we operate surgery hours, usually on a Monday afternoon (3.00pm5.00pm) online by drop in basis, Wednesday afternoon (12.00noon1.00pm) in person by appointment only, and Friday morning 10.00am12.00noon online by drop in basis. At the start of each week you will be emailed the links for online drop in, and these will also be published on the day on our QMU International Facebook group.

The International Office organise a number of social events for international students. These usually include a familiarisation tour of Edinburgh, a Christmas lunch and other activities throughout the year. If you have any questions throughout the year you can also email the team at international@qmu.ac.uk.

Visa Extensions

It is normally only possible to extend your visa if you have failed an element of your course or experienced illness which has delayed your studies. If you need to extend your visa, you will need to complete an online application under the Student category, and obtain a new Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the International Office stating that you are a registered student.

You can apply online or attend an interview in person in Glasgow. You should aim to organise your visa extension within three months of your visa expiring.

It is advisable to make a note in your diary of the date your visa expires.

Living in Scotland

Culture Shock

Leaving home to study in a foreign country can be a very exciting experience but it can also be quite stressful. Often students are surprised by the effect that travelling to another country can have on them. However, it is important to realise that many of your reactions are perfectly normal, regardless of where you are from or what you are studying. Culture Shock can be caused by a number of things:

  • The shock of a new environment
  • Different study methods
  • Constantly meeting new people
  • Being separated from your loved ones and the people who you would usually turn to for advice
  • The climate of your new home
  • The food
  • Being submerged in a foreign language
  • Social customs that challenge what you have always accepted as ‘normal’.

It is important to recognise the symptoms of culture shock and look after yourself. It is perfectly normal, and to be expected, that you may feel homesick and you may be surprised when it hits you. You may have difficulty sleeping, or alternatively want to sleep all the time; you may get headaches or be over anxious. Often your concentration span is affected, and your emotions may fluctuate more than normal.

Remember that there are support networks in place to help you through any difficult times. Here is some basic advice:

  • Maintain a healthy balanced diet
  • Take light exercise
  • Keep in touch with your friends and family at home by email or make a few extra phone calls or video chats home
  • Make friends with other international students, as often they will understand what you are going through
  • Join some societies, or get involved with your local community as this is a way of keeping yourself busy and also getting to know other Scottish students who can in turn help you to understand the culture better
  • Speak to someone from the International Office, the Wellbeing Adviser or the Student Counsellor
  • Ultimately, look after yourself and remember that culture shock is a perfectly natural reaction to life in a new environment.

Finance

Currency

Notes: £100, £50, £20, £10, £5, and £1

Coins: £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, and 1p

In Scotland, three different banks can issue bank notes: the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank. In England, only the Bank of England issues bank notes. If visiting England, it is recommended that you take English bank notes.

Before you leave home, you may want to get a bank draft in your own name in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) so that you can safely bring a large amount of money with you. Please ensure that the draft is drawn on a UK bank as this speeds up transactions and ensures that commission payments are dealt with locally in your own country. Once you arrive at the University, you can then open up your own bank account and deposit the bank draft. Do not bring personal cheques as many banks will not accept them.

In addition, bring some travellers cheques in Pounds Sterling as a small working reserve, enough for two weeks (about £250 - more if you are seeking accommodation outside of the University halls of residence, as you will have to pay a deposit). MasterCard and Visa credit cards are widely accepted.

Also bring with you about £250 in UK bank notes. This will cover your taxi fare and allow you money for food etc until your bank account becomes operational (normally about two weeks)

Opening a Bank Account

ATMs will accept Visa, MasterCard, and most other cards. There are a number of banks nearby in Musselburgh where you can open an account including:

Santander
Bank of Scotland
TSB
RBS

There are also more banks in the centre of town. Banks are usually open from 9.00am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the exception of bank holidays, and some banks will also open on a Saturday, although often on reduced hours.

It is essential that you open a bank account as soon as you arrive in the UK. If you bring a banker’s draft in Pounds Sterling (£GBP) with you, you can open an account at a convenient bank. The draft should take between seven to ten days to clear.

The bank will ask you to provide photo identification, confirmation that you are a student at QMU and your postal address. Therefore, once you have chosen a bank, go to the School Office in the University and they will prepare a letter confirming your student status and your postal address. Please make sure you give at least 48 hours notice! We can only issue one bank letter per student.

ATM

There is an ATM located opposite Main Reception of the University. You should be able to withdraw cash from most UK banks free of charge.

Employment

Most international students studying for longer than six months do not require a work permit to work part-time. International students studying full-time are allowed to work in the UK for up to 20 hours per week as long as the work meets certain conditions:

  • Students must not work for more than 20 hours a week during term time, except where a work placement is to be undertaken as a necessary part of the course of study as agreed by the education institution.
  • Your BRP must not say “prohibition on taking employment.”
  • Students cannot engage in business, self-employment, the provision of services, or take work as a professional entertainer or sports person.
  • Students should not pursue a career by filling a permanent full-time vacancy.

Further details about the regulations on employment can be found on the UKCISA website.

Students on short term Study Abroad or Exchange programmes from countries which do not require a UK entry visa, will need to obtain a Student visa if wanting to work part time while studying. If you are a Study Abroad or Exchange student please contact StudyAbroad@qmu.ac.uk for further guidance. If you decide to work you will need to get a National Insurance Number. More information about obtaining a National Insurance Number.

Healthcare

All Student Route students who have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa application process are entitled to free medical advice and hospital treatment under the National Health Service in Scotland. The cost of dental care, and eye tests are not covered by the NHS.

If you are an EU/EEA student you should have an EHIC card from your home country, and you are advised to take out comprehensive sickness insurance to be able to access NHS services.

It is advisable to register with a doctor once you are settled in your accommodation. If you are living on campus you can register with our local GP by picking up a form at our Student Services reception desk.

Student medical services are delivered in partnership with:

The Riverside Practice
Esk Medical Centre
Ladywell Way
Musselburgh
EH21 6AB
0131 665 2267

Local Services

Shops

There are a number of shops within walking distance of the University and on close-by public transport links, including supermarkets Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi. These shops sell many homeware items together with food, toiletries and clothing.

There is a retail park close to the University called Fort Kinnaird which offers a range of high street stores such as Boots and Marks & Spencer, as well as a cinema and restaurants. There is a wider variety of shops in Edinburgh’s city centre ranging from small independent shops through to large chain stores.

Many shops, bars and entertainment venues offer a discount to full time students . You will have to show your student card in order to claim any discounts that are on offer.

Post Office

There are Post Offices available in the following locations close to the University:

105 High Street
Musselburgh
EH21 7DA

Stay with a Family

You may also wish to take part is a home-stay weekend visit. Through HOST UK you will be introduced to a family who have an interest in meeting international and European students or maybe even have an interest in your home country. Further details about this scheme can be found at EIL UK.

Getting around Edinburgh and Beyond

As a student, you can apply for rail and bus discount cards which will provide you with money off standard fares.

There are two main bus companies that operate throughout Edinburgh: Lothian Buses and First Bus. To find out more about the various bus routes you can visit their websites: lothianbuses.co.uk and firstedinburgh.co.uk.

There are two buses that run from Edinburgh city centre to Queen Margaret University: Lothian No. 30 and No. 45. The 30 bus runs approximately every 10 minutes, with a journey time of 20-30 minutes. Sunday service tends to be every 30 minutes. The 45 runs a little less frequently. It is possible to travel between Edinburgh and QMU by train in under 10 minutes. Timetables can be found on the Scotrail website.

Edinburgh is extremely accessible by road, rail and air.

Bus

National Express
Scottish Citylink
Megabus

You can purchase student discount cards, which will offer you up to 30% discount on fares (visit their websites for further details). The main bus station is in St Andrews Square, behind Princes Street.

Train

Scotrail
LNER (East coast mainline)
Avanti (West coast mainline)

You can also use Trainline to book tickets across the UK.

Alternatively, visit Waverley Station on Princes Street for further information. You can purchase a young persons/student railcard that lasts for one year and gives you up to a 1/3 off all rail travel.

Air

Edinburgh is well serviced by a number of airlines, including budget airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair. Have a look at their websites for details of special offers.

Remember to check if you require a visa for your chosen destination if you decide to travel outside the UK – even within Europe. Don’t leave this until the last minute!

Car

Please note that there is no on campus parking for students in University accommodation who wish to bring their own cars. This is in accordance with the University’s Green Travel Plan. Exceptions can be made for students with mobility impairments.

Travel Accommodation

You may wish to become a member of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) which gives you access to budget accommodation across the country.

Student Life

Student Union & Sports

Students Union

As a student at QMU, you are automatically a member of the Students’ Union. The Union is a safe social space for all students to relax, socialise, volunteer, receive advice and participate in extra curricular activities.

The Students' Union Officers and staff can be found in the first floor offices. They are there to help with all your needs and enquiries during your time at University - pop along to see them!

The Students' Union Welfare Point is also on the first floor: welfare@qmu.ac.uk. The Help Zone is also the place to go if you wish to campaign, to get free sexual health and safer sex materials, and general information.

You can also get involved in Student Parliament and various sports clubs and societies where you can voice your opinions and gain valuable new skills - contact union@qmu.ac.uk for more information.

The bar and café have a pool table and a games machine, an internet area where students can use their laptops and a partitioned area that can be used for private/alcohol-free events.

Come along to see us in your Students' Union and check out our notice boards for more information or visit qmusu.org.uk.

Sports

There is a sports centre on campus, offering a range of facilities. We provide a safe, friendly environment so you can enjoy your chosen sport to the full. The staff endeavour to provide you with a high quality service and are happy to assist with any questions.

Our facilities include:

  • Fitness suite
  • Astroturf suitable for 5-a-side or 7-a-side football
  • Sports hall
  • Exercise studio

Students must complete an induction before being allowed to use the fitness suite facilities. There is a £20 joining fee and thereafter a membership fee of £9.00 per month which must be paid from a UK bank account, or an annual fee of £96. Further information about the sports facilities can be found at QMU Sports.

There are many sporting events and activities that take place within Edinburgh and Musselburgh, including:

Football 

Football is one of Scotland’s most popular spectator sports. There are two professional teams that play in Edinburgh: Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian.

Golf 

Golfers regard Scotland as the home of golf. East Lothian alone has 20 golf courses. Further information can be found on golfeastlothian.com.

Rugby

There is a local rugby team in Musselburgh and it is also possible to watch rugby at the national stadium, Murrayfield. Further information about the local and national team can be found on the Scottish Rugby website.

Climate

Edinburgh has very unpredictable weather, with sunny summer conditions sometimes rapidly changing into damp, showery conditions and vice versa. Summers are generally fine, with mild temperatures and bright sunshine, although days might start out misty. Winters are long and damp with many frosty days. December, January and February are the rainiest months. Snow in winter is infrequent.

Average Daily Temperature
  Min. Max.
January 1°C 6°C
February 1°C 6°C
March 2°C 8°C
April 4°C 11°C
May 6°C 14°C
June 9°C 17°C
July 11°C 18°C
August 11°C 18°C
September 9°C 16°C
October 7°C 12°C
November 4°C 9°C
December 2°C 7°C

 

Average Monthly Rainfall
January 57mm
February 39mm
March 39mm
April 39mm
May 54mm
June 47mm
July 83mm
August 77mm
September 57mm
October 65mm
November 62mm
December 57mm

 

Average Monthly Sunshine
January 2 hours per day
February 3 hours per day
March 4 hours per day
April 5 hours per day
May 6 hours per day
June 6 hours per day
July 5 hours per day
August 4 hours per day
September 4 hours per day
October 3 hours per day
November 2 hours per day
December 1 hour per day

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Greig Lawson International Recruitment Manager
+44 131 474 0099
Laura Hill International Officer
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Laura Stevenson Student Recruitment & International Student Support Co-ordinator
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