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About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a fantastic city to call home for students. The capital, and second largest city in Scotland, offers breathtaking architecture, incredible landscapes and a vibrant culture. The city is home to Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Crown Jewels as well as the Scottish Parliament. The city itself is located on the Firth of Forth’s southern bank and is surrounded by beautiful Scottish countryside.

Edinburgh is home to the National Library of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. The city also plays host to the world renowned arts festival, the Edinburgh fringe festival each year.

The city is also home to a number of large universities including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University. Finding the right student accommodation can be tricky but there are plenty of areas that are popular with students.

Popular Student Areas of Edinburgh

Marchmont

Marchmont ticks a number of student living boxes. Surrounded by fellow students, the social life is brilliant, rents remain affordable and the scenery isn’t half bad either.

Filled with Victorian tenement flats and shops around almost every corner. It’s also close to the University of Edinburgh, and takes only 5-10 minutes to walk to. An area with a great balance of activity and calm.

Newington

Newington is a bustling student hub. With excellent proximity to the University of Edinburgh as well as a booming nightlife and many supermarkets and shops around.

A bit busier than some other areas in Edinburgh, but you’ll never get bored. Rents are also affordable which means it has a lot to offer for student living.

Taking around 10-25 minutes to travel to the University of Edinburgh, it’s easy to see why Newington is so popular. It’s also popular and convenient for students of Edinburgh Napier University as well.

New Town

One of the more expensive areas to live as a student, New Town is also one of the most beautiful. Impressive Georgian houses follow the cobbled streets, displaying incredible 18th Century architecture.

Brilliantly located for Princes Street’s shopping and nightlife, so you have all the amenities you could need nearby. The area is also close to Stockbridge, which is home to some great restaurants and food stops.

You can still find affordable student accommodation here as there is a sizable student population in the area. The travel time to the University of Edinburgh is about 25-30 minutes by foot. Or there are buses that conveniently connect the area to the campuses.

Tollcross

A lively area that is always popular with students looking to live in the city.

Grassmarket and Cowgate are nearby so there are plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and clubs to keep you occupied. For a location so close to the Meadows, it’s well priced compared to some other areas.

Morningside

Morningside is a nice residential area that is great for students looking for a quieter location. Independent shops here are fantastic, as well as the cafes and bars.

Morningside has a friendly vibe and is also close to the Meadows. Certainly a peaceful place perfect for getting stuck into that dissertation. The area is popular for Edinburgh Napier University students given its proximity to its campus.

Top Universities in Edinburgh

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Heriot-Watt University