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Student Accommodation in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of the largest cities in Britain as a whole. StuRents.com lists hundreds of properties in the city at peak season and is a great destination for students looking for accommodation in the city.

University of Edinburgh

The history of the University of Edinburgh stretches back over 400 years to its founding in 1582. Due to its age the university makes up a large part of the ‘Old Town’ in the city. The university is also one of the best regarded in both the UK and the world, coming in the top 20 in QS’ world rankings in both 2013 and 2014. The Russell Group university also has one of the largest endowments in the UK, third only to Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to its Russell Group membership the university is also a member of the League of European Research Studies.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has its main campus based in Riccarton in the south-west of the city and was first founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics institute. Aside from being routinely ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by both The Times and QS, Heriott-Watt is also one of the oldest universities in the UK. Aside from its presence in Edinburgh, it also has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Malaysia and Dubai. There is also a campus in Orkney which caters to students at the University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering. The university is actually broken up in to six schools and one institute, as the university offers many vocational subjects alongside more academic ones. As a result it also has one of the largest graduate-level employment rates in the UK, with 80% of students entering paid employment within 6 months of graduation.

Edinburgh Napier University

Napier is Edinburgh’s most modern university as it was founded in 1964 as Napier Technical College. It has a wide ranging presence in the city given its three campuses spread throughout at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill and its two medical campuses outside of the city at Melrose and Howden. The university itself offers a specialised set of vocational courses. It also has a high proportion of students studying overseas with nearly 5,000 of it 18,000 students studying abroad.

Haymarket

Situated bang in the centre of town and just a short walk from the university, Haymarket is a real student hub in the city, especially amongst Heriot-Watt students. The area is especially well connected by public transport with Edinburgh’s main train station and bus station just minutes away. The area is also great for nightlife offering a wide range of pubs and restaurants, but all of this convenience comes at a price as accommodation in Haymarket is higher than in many other parts of the city.

Newington

On the doorstep of the University of Edinburgh, Newington is hugely popular among students. It is not only home to much of the university’s buildings, but its also home to the Students’ Union. Newington also borders Holyrood Park meaning that some of the cities best parkland is never far away.

Old Town

The Edinburgh Old Town is an extremely central and architecturally diverse area. Owing to its long history yet central location, it’s a real chequerboard of old and new. It is also home to many of the University of Edinburgh oldest buildings.

Tollcross

Tollcross is the home of the arts in Edinburgh. It is home to the newly renovated Usher Hall and the Royal Lyceum and Kings Theatre’s as well as two arthouse cinemas alongside two more multiplex cinemas as well. The area also benefits from its central location and great views of the castle as well as the nearby Meadows.

Local Edinburgh

As well as the aforementioned areas, we also list accommodation in the areas of Leith, Canonmills, the New Town, Marchmont and Morningside (amongst other). If you can’t find what you want or need help searching don’t hesitate to contact us.