Welcome Week, 3 – 7 September (Edinburgh and Scottish Borders) and 10 September (Orkney), is our opportunity to introduce you to the University and to help you prepare for your studies. We hope that by the end of the week you feel as prepared and as confident as you can be about what happens next.

Your participation in Welcome Week is vital. This is your first week at University - don't miss it. During Welcome Week there are certain things you must do, such are taking part in your induction programme and ensuring that you complete your enrolment. There are other optional activities, like taking part in the Student Union's Freshers' Week programme

Welcome Week consists of the following:


Induction is the organised programme of welcome and introductory activities you will participate in as a new student joining a particular programme of study. Induction is a mandatory element of starting University and all new students are expected to participate. Over the two or three days of your induction you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about your programme of study.
  • Meet your fellow students, lecturers and find your way around the University.
  • Find out from current students what Heriot-Watt is really like and have any of your questions answered about what to expect.
  • Find out more about the University's support systems and resources to help you study.

Get the details of your induction programme


Unless you have been advised otherwise, you should complete online enrolment before you arrive on campus. Enrolment is the formal process of registering to be a student at the University where you confirm to abide by the University's regulations and policies. You also need to ensure that the University has a correct record of your personal details, your programme and any fees that you need to pay.

ID Check and Student Card Collection

When you arrive on campus we will need to check your identity (ID) and your passport and visa if you are subject to immigration control. We will then issue you with your student identity card. You will therefore need to bring the following:-

  • Your HW Person ID
  • Photographic ID (e.g. passport or driving licence)
  • For students subject to immigration control; your passport and Visa

Edinburgh Campus

New Home (Scottish domiciled), RUK (domiciled in the Rest of the UK) and EU students must complete their enrolment during Welcome Week between 10.00 and 16.00 at:

  • Learning Commons 1, Hugh Nisbet Building, ground floor (beside Elements Café)

Please note, students arriving on-campus in Edinburgh on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018 can also complete enrolment and collect their ID cards from 12.00 - 16.00 in the Learning Commons.

New and Continuing International students (non-EU and subject to immigration control) must complete their enrolment during Welcome Week between 10.00 and 16.00 at the Student Service Centre located in the Hugh Nisbet Building (ground floor).

Any student arriving after Welcome Week please go to the Student Service Centre as soon as possible to complete enrolment. UK/EU students can come to the Learning Commons 1 on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September 2018 from 10.00 – 16.00.

All the above venues can be found on the campus map

Scottish Borders Campus

Students should complete their enrolment as detailed in the Induction and Enrolment timetable. Alternatively please go to High Mill, Scottish Borders Campus.

Orkney Campus

Students should complete their enrolment at the campus during Welcome Week unless otherwise advised.

Once you are enrolled you will have access to the University's IT systems, facilities and resources. We will inform funding bodies such as SAAS and Student Finance once you have completed enrolment, they will then release funds into your designated bank account.

Freshers' Week

Freshers' Week is the programme of events and activities organised and run by the Students' Union. Look out for the Freshers' Wall Planners for full details and make sure you get involved in as much as possible to make the most of your Freshers' Week experience. Visit the Students' Union website for more details.