I can not get into the College of Winterhold in Skyrim. I know I am supposed to talk to Faralda, but she is nowhere to be found. I accidentally attacked a guard in Winterhold and now she is gone. I can not continue with the Dawnguard quests without getting in there.


She may have gotten herself lost during the commotion. Settle your bounty and wait a day or two away from Winterhold, then come back during business hours (just to be safe). If that doesn't help, follow Halfwarr's advice.

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  • I cant get into the college of winterhold. I was suppose to go into saathal but i exited it because i got mad at this one dragor. So i thought that i would get stronger so i can beat him but now i cant get in saathal either. Any advice? – user30945 Aug 16 '12 at 21:53
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    @Max you should post it as a question by clicking 'ask a question' in the top right corner. Also, what exactly prevents you from entering Saarthal? – kotekzot Aug 16 '12 at 22:17

The only option you can do because you are on the Xbox360 and do not have access to the console:

  • Reload to a previous save before you attacked the guard
  • Wait/Rest 30 Days away from the area hoping the NPC resets
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If you have an outstanding bounty, you can skip Faralda straight and go into College of Winterhole... (it's one of the bugs)
Source: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Faralda

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There's nothing to say you have ho go into the college to continue with Dawnguard; you can find out the location of the moth priest by asking inn keepers or carriage drivers.

Or, if it's the Elder scroll you're after, you can by-pass the college and go straight to Septimus Signus' outpost.

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