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Choosing where to study

Universities in Edinburgh

Which universities are in Edinburgh? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni.

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  1. Why study in Edinburgh?

  2. Entry requirements

  3. Transport links

  4. University of Edinburgh

  5. Heriot-Watt University

  6. Queen Margaret University

  7. Edinburgh Napier University

Why study in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is the historic capital city of Scotland, famous for internationally renowned cultural attractions such as art, architecture, museums, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It's the perfect mix of thriving city life and vast green spaces.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course – the best way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train journey times from Edinburgh

Cardiff 9 hours 20 minutes
Glasgow 51 minutes
Liverpool 3 hours 30 minutes
London 5 hours 27 minutes
Manchester 3 hours 49 minutes
Newcastle 1 hour 27 minutes
Oxford 6 hours 16 minutes

Edinburgh has two mainline train stations -- Waverley and Haymarket. The main station is Waverley, located in the city centre between the Old Town and the New Town. You can easily reach Edinburgh by train from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK. Edinburgh also has an airport that can be reached by tram and bus, which has connections at both train main train stations.

There are cycling initiatives available which are not only cheap but often faster than buses. It’s a compact city so you can reach almost anywhere within 20 minutes on a bike.

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities with an outstanding history of discovery, invention and innovation, including the theory of the Higgs boson, for which Professor Peter Higgs was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013, and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep at the university’s Roslin Institute.


The university has five main campuses in the city of Edinburgh, which include many buildings of historical and architectural significance such as those in Old Town. Most of the College's research and teaching activities take place at the King's Buildings Campus, which occupies a leafy 35 hectare site with beautiful views of Blackford Hill and Craigmillar Park Golf Course. This is about 3km south of the city centre and about 1.5km from the central university area and from the main student halls of residence.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


Students get flexible access to a state-of-the-art library, a sports and leisure centre, IT resources and study spaces, and 24-hour computer access at the Main Library and several computer labs across our campuses.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Edinburgh facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is set in 380 acres of beautiful parkland and offers a wide variety of programmes and specialist facilities designed to help students reach their full potential.


Heriot-Watt has five campuses (Edinburgh, Scottish borders, Orkney, Malaysia, and Dubai) and also runs distance learning programmes to students around the world. 

It’s main campus is located in Riccarton in south west Edinburgh on 380 acres of parkland. The campus consists of: academic buildings, student residences, a postgraduate centre, shops, several library collections, childcare, healthcare, a chaplaincy, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and a museum, as well as the Student Union's main premises.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


Oriam, Scotland's Sports Performance Centre on the Edinburgh Campus is recognised as one of the best university sports centres in the UK. Facilities include sports halls, playing pitches, squash courts, gyms and fitness classes. There are also physiotherapy, podiatry, sports massage, and sports science testing services.

For more information on facilities, visit the Heriot-Watt University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available.

Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University provides access to the beaches and historic countryside of East Lothian, featuring plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits from surfing and wakeboarding to golfing and horse-riding. It also has easy access to Edinburgh city centre and all the attractions of Scotland’s capital city,


The campus is located close to Musselburgh, east of Edinburgh city centre. It has great transport links and takes roughly under six minutes to reach the campus from central Edinburgh by train.The best way to access the campus is through public transport or walking or cycling. Musselburgh train station is very close and there are bus services stopping on campus. The campus includes student residences, a students’ union, indoor sports facilities and all weather surfaces, a variety of catering outlets, a shop and landscaped gardens.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


There are a variety of food outlets on campus including 1875 Restaurant, Mini Retail Shops, Maggie’s Bar & Café and a Starbucks coffee pod. 

The campus is only a short walk or bus ride from Fort Kinnaird, a large outdoor shopping complex offering high street chain stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. There are also several supermarkets in the immediate vicinity.

There is also a sports centre with a fitness suite, weights room, exercise studio, sports hall and facilities for football and badminton.

For more information on facilities, visit the Queen Margaret University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available.

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is in the top ten UK modern universities for subjects including Accounting & Finance, Civil Engineering, English, Music, Sociology, Photography, Law, and Sports Science. Students are nearly guaranteed to be in employment or further education within six months of graduating.


The university is based around its three main Edinburgh campuses: Merchiston, Craiglockhart and Sighthill. All are easily accessible by public transport and home to diverse, international, collaborative communities. It has over 19,500 students, including those on-campus in Scotland and others studying on transnational programmes abroad and online. 

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


Home to the Business School, Craiglockhart campus blends the old and the new. Set within attractive grounds overlooking Edinburgh, facilities include 200- and 400-seat lecture theatres and language and multimedia labs. 

The Sighthill campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Health & Social Care. Facilities include life-like hospital wards, a clinical skills suite, sports science labs and a sports centre.

Engineering and built environment, computing and creative industries students are based at Merchiston. Here you’ll find the Jack Kilby Computing Centre, the Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association, a computer games lab, newsroom, TV, radio and photography studios and soundproofed industry-standard music studios.

For more information on facilities, visit the Edinburgh Napier University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 


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