Running from 1st September - 7th September, Welcome Week is the first week of term.
- Welcome Weekend & Arrivals: 1st & 2nd September, 2018
- New Student Orientation: 3rd & 4th September 2018
**Not to be confused with Induction, which is specific for your course. Please see the left hand menu for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programme Induction details.**
For parents, check our Parents' Orientation information.
- Welcome Weekend
**Remember - if you are NOT moving into University Accommodation you will have to confirm your move in date with your landlor. Not all accommodation will let you move in this weekend.**
Registration for Welcome Weekend will commence shortly.
FAQs - Meet & Greet
What is Welcome Weekend?
Welcome Weekend, is the weekend before Welcome Week or Freshers’ Week. It is the weekend that we recommend all students arrive in order to get settled into their accommodation, to get a feel for the city and to meet fellow students new to the city. It is also when we will have dedicated student ambassadors situated at the airport in order to meet you as you come off your plane.
What date is Welcome Weekend?
Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September, 2018
What time will there be people at the airport?
There will be two student ambassadors at the Airport from 0800-2400 on both Saturday and Sunday
How do I register?
You can register online starting in May 2018.
Is registration mandatory? What happens if I do not book the service?
In order that we can ensure students get the best experience it’s important that you register in advance so that we know that you’re arriving.
Does it cost money?
No, the meet & greet service does not cost any money.
What sort of transportation is available once I arrive?
Aberdeen Airport is well connected with an express bus Jet 727 that leaves every 15 minutes from the Airport to the city centre (cost is approximately £3.00). There are also taxis available to take you direct to your accommodation which will cost £15 - £25.
Will there be people at the train and bus stations?
Unfortunately with limited volunteers and staff available, we will only have people available at the airport. We like to think if you’re savvy enough to make it to the train station or bus station from another airport, you’ll not have a problem making your way to your accommodation. However, we do have tips and info about 'making your own way’
What if I am not arriving on the official Welcome Weekend?
While we would encourage students to arrive on the Saturday of Welcome Weekend as best they can, we understand that this is not always possible and therefore have provided information on 'making your own way’ to your accommodation.
What kind of activities are happening on Welcome Weekend?
There are loads of activities happening over Welcome Weekend with the majority of activity happening at Hillhead Student Village. We also have events for Parents.
What are there any activities for Parents?
There are also drop in sessions at Hillhead Student Village for parents.
Is attendance at Welcome Weekend mandatory?
Not at all, Welcome Weekend is just put together so that new students are prepared and settled to start Welcome Week/Freshers’ Week comfortably. There are lots of activities and events happening, but they are not mandatory.
When does Orientation start?
New Student Orientation starts on Monday 4th September, along with AUSA’s Freshers’ Week.
Academic Induction is also running this week, so it’s important that you know where you’re meant to be, and when.
Is Orientation and Academic Induction Mandatory?
Orientation is highly recommended for students to get their bearings, and learn some things about the city and being at university that they might not already know. Academic Induction is mandatory in order to get the best experience from your course. If you are not able to attend you must let your school know.
Is there a checklist I can follow so I know I've completed everything?
Yes! We have lots of checklists for you to make sure you've finished everything.
- Arrival Lounge
When you arrive on campus there is lots going on! There are plenty of people to help you with all the different services that are available. We know it can be a lot to take in so if you want to take a short break come and join us in the Arrivals Lounge. We will have a team of friendly faces there to welcome you with a cup of tea, some biscuits, and a short checklist of what you might still need to do.
Location: International Centre 110 High Street, University of Aberdeen
Times open: Monday 3rd Sept - Friday 7th Sept 2018 from 1000-1600
*no need to register, just come in and meet some friendly people! Put your sticker on the map! :)
- New Students Orientation
Dates: Monday 3rd September & Tuesday 4th September
You will be able to register for the different sessions following your e-Registration in August.
The sessions listed below will be running, but there may be more sessions as we move through the year!
Banking & Personal Finance
Joint session by Santander and our in house Student Advisors, learn about setting up a bank account and managing your budget.
Library and IT Essentials
A presentation about using the library, accessing e-collections, study spaces & computing accounts. You can also take a guidet tour around the beautiful Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Studying for University (and in the UK)
Led by the Student Learning Service, Dr. Alexander will give you tips and advice for studying if you're new to university, new to the UK style of education or just want a refresher.
Student Advice and Support
A short session to introduce you to the many services available through the Student Advice and Support Team.
That Department does What?
Led by Dr. Tucker, this session will clearly outline all the different University departments so you know where to go if you have questions.
Safety and Security
A combined session led by the University's Estates team with input from Police Scotland along with our Director of Health & Safety with key information to help you stay safe here in Aberdeen.
Led by the VisitScotland team, learn about the beautiful places you can visit and how to get there.
A session that concentrates soley on how to live your life in the city, including; transportation options and general ideas like grocery shopping.
AUSA: Your Students's Association
Understand what AUSA's remit is and how they can supplement and support you during your studies.