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Student Accommodation

  • All new undergraduates from outwith the City of Edinburgh are guaranteed an offer of university accommodation for their first year of study.
  • The university provides a wide range of accommodation options, both catered and self-catered. Undergraduates are allocated as evenly as possible throughout accommodation, based on their expressed preferences.
  • The majority of university accommodation is up to 1.5 km from the university central area, a 15–20 minute walk.
  • Students may stay in their accommodation during Christmas and Spring vacations.
  • The Residence Life team helps those living in university accommodation to settle in, creating a welcoming and supportive community, answering questions and signposting other services as required.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,105 to £9,291 per year
Self-Catered from £2,571 to £7,550 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic city, regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Large enough to offer something for everyone but small enough to feel like home, this modern and sophisticated European city has a diverse, multicultural community.
  • The city offers an exciting array of entertainment, history, culture and sport, as well as hosting the world-renowned Fringe Festival annually in August.
  • Parks and green spaces are abundant, and the lush Scottish countryside and coastline is just a few miles away.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Edinburgh is well known for its festivals including the internationally famous Edinburgh Fringe, a month long arts festival occurring every summer.
  • The city is home to a wealth of art galleries and museums - including the National Galleries of Scotland and National Museum of Scotland - as well as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • The city also boasts the national Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, two major football clubs (Hibs and Hearts), three golf courses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a large artificial ski slope.
  • Edinburgh is home to the world’s oldest purpose-built Students' Union building, Teviot Row House. The Students' Association offers an array of bars, shops, cafés and entertainment venues.


  • Edinburgh is a compact city, easy to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport.
  • The National Express coach connects with destinations across the UK. 
  • Rail links are excellent: trains from Edinburgh reach London King's Cross via the UK's fastest intercity railway in around 4 hours. Travel to other cities is easy too; the journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in around 2 hours.
  • The airport is about 12 km from the city centre. The 30-minute journey can be easily made using the frequent airport bus or tram services, or by taxi.