14 March 2022
Moving to a completely new city does have its perks–beginning a new dimension of your life, exploring the different and unique things around you, and fostering new connections. However, we can all agree that not every experience is a bed of roses. It can definitely have its fair share of difficulties in adjusting, mixed with feelings of uncertainty. However, to combat these feelings, take some time out exploring the city and getting accustomed to Edinburgh's life, people, and the quaint streets. The more you explore, the more comfortable you will get with the city. The beautifully built gothic buildings may not be something you are used to back home, but they won't fail to brighten up your day!
The weather in Edinburgh was one thing that took some time to adjust to, but the process turned out to be easier than I had imagined! Coming from a city with temperatures going only as low as 17°C, it was definitely an adjustment for me. I'd suggest carrying at least one winter jacket if you're travelling to Edinburgh. Trust me, the weather app will soon be your best friend. Bundle up, give your body time to acclimatise, and it won't be so bad after all!
P.S. Edinburgh is currently having hints of beautiful sunny days, and it only gets better!
University clubs and societies
Get on board by joining a university club or society! This experience will not only allow you to pursue something you're interested in but also make new friends! With more than 290 clubs and societies to choose from, find the one (or more) that best aligns with your interests. Not sure which one to join? Visit the clubs and societies fair organised during Welcome Week and learn more about each society. Alternatively, click on the link below to learn more about the available clubs and societies on campus.
Walk, walk, walk
One thing that I love about the city is how accessible different places/touristy points are. The best thing? Being able to explore the city on foot (except when it gets windy and rainy all at once). One trick to really falling in love with the city is walking around and finding cute spots, or hiking up Arthur's Seat or Calton Hill for a spectacular view. Whether it's walking to different historical places in the city or just popping by a café, you'll get more accustomed to and comfortable with the city every day.
Take it easy
Remember to give yourself time in this process of settling in to a new city. It may be overwhelming at first, but it is important to find a way to de-stress from the busy schedules of university life. With Edinburgh being a calm city, away from its busy areas, it definitely becomes a lot easier to settle in!
I've enjoyed every opportunity this city has to offer, and I cannot wait for more sights to explore. Find things to do that make you happy. With submissions and presentations piling up on us, the best respite is looking outside the window and catching a quick glance at the sunset, or marvelling at the beauty of the city.
What do you think helps/will help you settle into a new city?
Rhema Joseph is studying for the MSc International Human Resource Management.