Communicating & the Internet

While you are studying at the Summer School, we're sure that you will want to keep connected with home and your new classmates. You will be able to access the internet either through our own device or using campus facilities.

Internet access

You can connect to the University’s Wireless Network (WiFi) from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. For full instructions on registering and using the Wireless Network, please visit the Get Connected web page.

Please make sure you read the information on using the correct username and setting passwords, before registering.

If you need help, you can contact the IS helpline at or phone them: +44 (0)131 651 5151.

Open-access computing labs at the University

If you do not have access to the University network through your personal device or wish to access course software, there are open access and departmental computing labs for use by all matriculated students and staff of the University. You need a username and password to use any computing lab: these are issued to students at enrolment.

For more information on locations and availability of computing labs please visit the Open Access page.

There are also internet cafes around the city, mostly situated in the area around Nicholson Street, close to the central campus. You can also access the internet at Edinburgh Council public libraries. Visit their website to find out about locations and opening hours.

Mobile phones

If you are using a mobile phone from outside the UK, you could be paying much more than you need to in order to make calls from the UK. You can simply change the SIM card if your phone is unlocked. You can also buy a mobile phone in the UK for a very reasonable price.