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Welcome!

This SurvivalGuide,Freshers'Week
and beyond,has beenproducedby
your EdinburghUniversityStudents'
Association(EUSA).

As a newstudent,this guidewill tell


you everythingyou needto knowabout
Freshers'Week,startingyour degree,
EUSAand life as a studentin Edinburgh.

EUSAexiststo securea world leading


experiencefor all our studentsat the
Universityof Edinburgh.

Edinburgh University Students' Association


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Contents
_Welcome
06 Hellofrom your Sabbaticals
08 YourStudents'Association- EUSA

_ Freshers'Week
20 Beforeyou arrivein Edinburgh
21 Gettingto Edinburgh
22 Whatto bringto Edinburgh
22 Thingsto do duringFreshers'Week
26 GettingaroundEdinburgh
28 Freshers'Week HelpandAdvice
30 Freshers'WeekPassI
32 Anivingat yourAccommodation
33 Freshers'WeekChecklist
* BeginningYourDegree
36 Matriculation
36 ChoosingCourses
36 LearningandTeaching
37 People
37 Finances

_ Health and Lifestyle

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49 Dentistand Opticians
49 Hospitals
50 GivingBlood
50 StudentHealthProblems
51 Self-Examination
51 MentalHealth
52 SexualHealth
53 Alcohol
53 DrinkSpiking
54 Drugs
55 PersonalSafety
57 Disability
58 Sexuality
58 Religionand Faith
59 Culture
60 Dietand Exercise
60 EdinburghUniversitySportsUnion
60 Societies

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64 ln-CourseAssessment &'.-
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69 Exclusion
69 Studyingand Revising
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71 Preparingfor and sittingexams

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74 Libraries
75 ComputingServices
77 AcquiringSkills

_ SecondYearand Beyond
80Accommodation
85 Finances Ft|
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86 CouncilTax

_ Directory
90 EUSA
90 UniversityServices
91 Academic
92 Money
92 Welfare
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As a studentin Edinburgh,Edinburgh
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November, the GeneralMeetingin Februaryor by standingin the mainstudentelections
in March.Findout moreaboutgettinginvolvedin the runningof EUSAat
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bursariesfor studentswho,perhapsdue
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helpstudentswith unforeseen financial lf yourstudentloan,scholarship or bursary
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studentsare expectedto havetaken out to makean appointment to see an adviser
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the ChildcareFundfor assistance have relatedoffersto enticeyou, such as a
withthe
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self-catered or flats,rentwillinclude allbills,regular
cleaning,
personalcontents insurance,
telephone andinternet facilities,
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alsoincludetwomealsa dayin themonthly rent.

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_ Health and Lifestyle

48 Doctors
49 Dentistand Opticians
,. 49 Hospitals
50 GivingBlood
50 StudentHealthProblems
51 Self-Examination
51 MentalHealth
52 SexualHealth
53 Alcohol
53 DrinkSpiking
54 Drugs
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55 PersonalSafety
57 Disability
58 Sexuality
58 Religionand Faith
59 Culture
60 Dietand Exercise
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locatedon BristoSquare,closeto the whereyou live.Youwill be requiredto
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shortmedicalassessment. frompharmacies and may saveyou
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appointment systembut alsohas an Open
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AdvicePlace(www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/advice)
OtherHealthCentres or mostoharmacies.
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Shouldyou requirehospitaltreatment,the
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France.

The WesternGeneralhospitalhas a nurse-


led MinorInjuriesClinic,openfrom9amto
9pm everyday of the year.Clinicstafftreat
adultsand childrenover 1 yearsold for a
widerangeof injuriesincluding:minorcuts
and burns,infectionsand stings,suspected
sDrainsand smallbonebreaks.

GUMclinic
The GenitourinaryMedicine(GUM)clinic
can be foundin LauristonBuilding,on
LauristonPlace,shouldyou needtesting,
treatmentor adviceon sexuallytransmitted
diseases.Contactthe clinicon
0131536 2103betweenthe hours9amto
1pmand 2pmto 4.30pm,Mondayto Friday.

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GivingBlood For moreinformationsee
wwwmeningitis-trust.orgor calltheir
With 1,000donationsneededeveryday
helplineon 0800028 18 28.
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centreon LauristonPlace.Onceyou have Anothercommonillnessamongstudents
donatedbloodyou mustwait 12 weeks is mumps,whichis highlycontagious.
beforegivingbloodagain.This meansyou Symptomsbeginwith a headacheand

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can donateup to threetimesa year; feverfor a day or two,followedby swelling
a smallundertaking whichcouldsavelives. of the glandsin frontof the earson one or
bothsides.In severecases,mumpscan
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headache,sneezingand a dry cough.lf speakto your doctor.
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it's easierto be cured.This is an easyand is freefor all University
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exam,or'BSE',canbe frustrating - you r The websitewww.edspace.org.uk has
mayfeelthingsbut not knowwhatthey information aboutothersupportservices
mean.However,the moreyou examine in Edinburgh.
yourbreasts,the easierit will become
for you to tell if somethingunusualhas r The Chaplaincy offerssupportand
occurred.BSEis an essentialpartof taking pastoralcarefor all studentsregardless
careof yourselland reducingyourriskof of faith: www.chaplaincy.ed.ac.uk. 0
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will needto provideyourdateof birth tellthemthatyou thinkyou havean STl.
and firstpartof yourpostcode.Onceyou
havereceivedyourcard,collectyou free Pregnancy
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Cannabisis the mostcommonly useddrug othersupportgroupsin Edinburgh,
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keepspeoplealertand awake.Effectscan
lastup to six hoursand the comedown,
that can lastfor one to two days,can make
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