Things you HAVE to do

There are up to nine things you need to do when your first arrive in Dundee.

If you have arrived by car our on-campus car parks are temporarily free during this weekend.

If you are flying into Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick or Aberdeen airports please see the appropriate page for details on how to reach Dundee.

If you are coming to the UK from abroad, please read our guides to immigration and luggage collection and customs.

If you've booked university accommodation you can collect your keys from the office for your particular building. Further details are on the accommodation website.

If you're staying in private accommodation remember to check the opening times of you landlord's office as they may not be open at weekends.

If you were issued with a CAS number for a Tier 4 visa, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card from the main Post Office in Dundee when you arrive as we need to see this when you matriculate.

The main Post Office is located at 30 Whitehall Street, Dundee, DD1 4AF. Its opening hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 18:00 and Saturday 09:00 to 17:30.

You'll need to meet Adviser of Studies (via your School Office) who will give you your timetable and your academic summary. The arrangements differ depending on which academic school you belong to, and which course you are studying. We will email you before you arrive with a web link to the information from your academic school.

Matriculation is when you officially register with the University and make arrangements to pay your fees (except for Exchange Programmes), if you have not already done so. In order to undertake a programme of study, and to continue to be enrolled as a student, you must matriculate for each year of your course - including periods for writing up dissertations or theses.

To ensure Matriculation runs as smoothly as possible make sure you've brought all the information mentioned in pre-arrival plus complete the Applicants - pre-matriculation task and uploaded your photograph to eVision.

Tuition fees need to be paid on or before registration, or at the latest within 30 days of your studies beginning.

Students from outside the UK should also visit our guide to paying your tuition fees.

Arrangements for receiving your student loan will vary depending on which organisation is issuing the loan, but in general you'll get your student loan or grant 5 working days after you matriculate at the start of term. Your money will be paid direct into your bank account except for Tuition Fee Loans which are paid directly to the University.

You'll need to make sure you have access to enough money to survive until you receive the first instalment of your loan.

You can choose any GP (doctor's) practice within Dundee and register there.

Please go to NHS 24 - Find your Local Services

Don't put off registering - remember that NHS healthcare is free at the point of use and there are currently no charges for prescription medications.  If you are an international student in the UK, as part of your visa application you will pay £150 per year of study for access to the National Health Service

The UK Government requires students from certain countries to register with the police soon after arrival. If you need to register, you will receive an endorsement on your visa. To assist with registration, members of Police Scotland will be available during Freshers' Week.

If this affects you, we will contact you via email to let you know your allocated time slot and where to come. If you are arriving early or have any further questions please email

Things you SHOULD do

  • Attend any induction events which are taking place within your School or Unit. Sometimes these won't take place until Week 1
  • Attend the Principal's Welcome in the Caird Hall
  • Look through our events listing and decide what you'd like to attend - this is a great way to meet people outside your hall of residence and make new friends
  • Find out where your classes will take place, and how to get to them (see our campus map)
  • Open a bank account if you haven't already done so.

Thing you MIGHT want to do

  • Attend either Gateway to Learning workshops for new undergraduate students, or Principles of Postgraduateness workshops for new postgraduates.
  • Take a tour of the University Library - find out tour times on our events web page
  • Join the gym and/or swimming pool
  • Students from outside the UK: If you wish to work whilst you are here, you will need to obtain a National Insurance number. Please see Factsheet 13 on the International Advice website

Once you have matriculated

Your username and password will stay the same. If you want to change or amend your password, use the Password Management Portal service.

You automatically become a member of DUSA The Union (Dundee University Students' Association) and the Sports Union.