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Student Accommodation

  • First year undergraduate students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation provided they meet the allocation criteria. Students can't choose their accommodation site but can indicate a preference for room type; the university will try to accommodate requests.
  • Edinburgh Napier has accommodation sites across the city – Bainfield, Slateford Road and Orwell Terrace, all recently built, can accommodate around 1,500 students.
  • All accommodation is self-catered and situated in the centre of Edinburgh with excellent transport routes to the three campuses. Residences have shared kitchen and living areas with a secure bike storage area at each site.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £95 to £170 per week

The costs above are for the academic year 2018/19

Student Life

  • Vibrant, cosmopolitan and consistently voted one of the best cities in the world, Edinburgh is the perfect place to experience student life.
  • The city's cobbled streets allude to its history, with the Old and New Towns forming a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh is home to a range of notable buildings that are second to none compared to other cities in Scotland. Edinburgh castle is perhaps the most famous, but a host of other buildings, streets and areas steeped in history are begging to be explored.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Nightlife is centred around the city's Grassmarket, George Street, Leith and Cowgate areas, with Edinburgh Napier's Student Union bar located within the latter.
  • Edinburgh's Princes Street boasts the best in high street brands, which will be strengthened with the finished redevelopment of Edinburgh St James, the city's main shopping centre.
  • The city boasts a wealth of art galleries, including the Queen's Gallery at Holyroodhouse, alongside museums and the stunning Royal Botanic Garden. Its range of theatres, both big and small, host major productions and independent shows. Cinemas include multiplexes and independent venues.
  • Sport plays a big part in the city, with Murrayfield housing the Scotland National Rugby Union Team, and Tynecastle and Easter Road stadiums the homes of city rivals, Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC.
  • Every August, the city's population swells as the Edinburgh Festivals come to town, with the original International Festival, the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Military Tattoo celebrated across the month.


  • Edinburgh's centre is compact enough to make getting around easy, whether walking or cycling, and the city is served by an extensive bus and tram service.
  • The three campuses – Merchiston, Craiglockhart and Sighthill – are well-served by public transport to the city centre, which for Sighthill includes the tram network.
  • Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre, with direct connections to 120 destinations worldwide.
  • Edinburgh's Waverley and Haymarket train stations offer mainline access to the whole of the UK. Journeys to London take as little as 4 hours, while trains to Glasgow are frequent, taking around 50 minutes.