The University of Edinburgh

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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.
  • Wherever undergraduate residents come from, they 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.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £4,903 to £9,284 per year
Self-Catered from £2,491 to £7,296 per year

Student Life

  • City Population: 477,000
  • Student Population: 37,000
  • Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic city that has regularly been voted as 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, Edinburgh is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city with a diverse, multicultural community.
  • The city mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment. It offers an exciting array of entertainment, history, culture and sport, with the lush Scottish countryside and coastline just a few miles away. It is a safe and prosperous city, with an abundance of parks and green spaces for recreation and reflection.
  • The city centre also plays host to a carnival atmosphere every August, when the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes over the town. 

Culture and Nightlife

  • 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, including the Queen's Gallery at Holyroodhouse, and museums as well as the Castle and the Royal Botanic Garden.
  • The City also supports the national rugby stadium Murrayfield, two football clubs (Hibs and Hearts), three major golf courses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a sports stadium and the largest artificial ski slope in Europe.


  • Edinburgh is a compact city and is easy to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport.
  • 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.
  • The National Express coach network links to many destinations and there are excellent rail links. Edinburgh to London King’s Cross is the UK's fastest intercity railway; travel between cities takes around four hours.
  • There are great rail links to other cities too. The journey to Glasgow only takes 45 minutes, while York, Newcastle, Inverness or Aberdeen can be reached in about two hours.