Your First Weeks

Congratulations on your choice to study at Glasgow Caledonian University. There are some key activities that we recommend all of our new students complete. By taking care of formalities and taking part in social and academic welcome sessions, you will feel at home here in no time.

Our International Welcome Programme is also packed full of activities for all new students and is a great way to ensure that your GCU experience is truly international.

Your first two weeks at a glance

Collect your student ID card

You can collect your student ID card and get help registering from the Campus Life Desk.

Make a note of your username and password

The username that you received in your joining instructions is the one you use throughout your studies at GCU.

You'll also receive your password and you change this regularly to help keep your information and our systems safe. Find out more about logins you will need.

Attend induction

Induction takes place the week before classes begin. Induction activity is designed at help you get to know the people and services available in your school of study. Induction information for each GCU school.

Get a campus locker

Having somewhere secure to store books and materials makes it easier to explore the campus and juggle academic and social time. Find out where our lockers are positioned and how to book yours.

 Living well

Looking for a part-time job

You can call into the Careers Centre and register on our online vacancy and events service.

Organise your funds

From tuition fees and scholarships to opening a bank account and getting a job (full-time or part-time), there is a lot to organise to during your time at GCU. Visit out Fees an Funding pages to help you budget for the months ahead. 

Register with a GP

If you have recently moved to Glasgow, you will need to register with local healthcare services. If you have recently moved to the UK, take a look at our one page guide to healthcare in the UK.

Join a gym or sporting club

The Arc, which is our on-campus multi-purpose gym, is open to everyone and offers a range of discounted memberships for students. The GCU Students’ Association runs a wide range of sports clubs and new members of varying ability are always welcome.

Stay positive

Being healthy and happy are the two biggest contributors to a successful University experience. If you need someone to talk to as you make the transition into student life, our positive living team offer an easily accessible and confidential counselling service.

 Learning well

Explore your learning environment

The library and academic community at GCU can equip all of our students with the learning resources they need, whatever the level of study. To ensure you can access and make the most of these resources read at our quick guide to learning at GCU.

Visit your learning development centre

Each school has a learning development centre (LDC) dedicated to providing academic support and guidance to our students. If English is not your first language or you are studying at a new level or in a style you are not familiar with then this is something your school LDC can help you with. 

Put additional support in place

Disabled students can participate in life at GCU as equally and actively as possible with the help of from our Well-being Team and Disability Team. Make contact with the team as early as possible and they will support you throughout your time here.