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Universities close to Edinburgh City Centre

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Edinburgh Waverley

0.1km

Sneaky Pete's

0.6km

Princes Street Gardens

0.7km

Edinburgh Castle

0.8km

The University of Edinburgh

0.9km

Edinburgh Waverley

0.1km

Sneaky Pete's

0.6km

Princes Street Gardens

0.7km

Edinburgh Castle

0.8km

The University of Edinburgh

0.9km

About student living in Edinburgh City Centre

Connectivity

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Edinburgh city centre is a very well-connected area. Student houses in Edinburgh city centre are just a ten-minute walk from the University of Edinburgh, a twelve-minute walk from the Edinburgh College of Art, and less than a twenty-minute bus ride from Edinburgh Napier University. Edinburgh Waverley train station is also in the city centre, making it easy to pop to neighbouring cities or head home for a weekend visit.

Outdoors

Edinburgh city centre is a beautiful area. Student accommodation in Edinburgh city centre is surrounded by open areas of green space and impressive monuments. Be sure to check out Princes Street Gardens, an expansive park that’s home to Edinburgh Castle. By walking around the streets of the city centre, you’ll see further beautiful landmarks like St Giles’ Cathedral and Scott Monument.

Food and Drink

Student housing in Edinburgh city centre is surrounded by bars, pubs, and restaurants. For classic Italian cuisine, try Amarone, or enjoy Mediterranean plates at BABA. Head for a pint at one of the many pubs including The Queen’s Arms, The Standing Order, The Hanover Tap, or The Cambridge Bar. Try a cocktail at Panda & Sons, a speakeasy-inspired bar.

Entertainment

With an abundance of culture and nightlife in the area, you’ll never be short of things to do when living in student houses in Edinburgh city centre. Soak in some history at The Georgian House Museum or the National Museum of Scotland. Explore the art exhibitions at the National Portrait Galleries of Scotland and The Scottish Gallery. Watch live music at The Usher Hall or Stramash. Or, if you fancy a great night out, head to one of the many student clubs including Sneaky Pete’s, Club Tropicana, and The Hive.

Shopping

Edinburgh city centre has lots of shops to browse, from independent boutiques to high street stores. Head to Hanover Street to find all the high street shops you could hope for, including Boots, Primark, TK Maxx and H&M, as well as supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and M&S. You can also take a wander around Edinburgh Farmers’ Market every Saturday.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Edinburgh city centre has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are Edinburgh city centre student properties to suit every taste and budget, from shared student houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Edinburgh city centre and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Edinburgh City Centre

Is Edinburgh city centre a student area?

Located close to The University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh College of Art, and Edinburgh Napier University, the city centre is a thriving student area. As there is so much culture and nightlife in the area, student housing in Edinburgh city centre is very popular.

Where is Edinburgh city centre?

Edinburgh city centre is divided in half by Princes Street Gardens. The Old Town lies to the south and The New Town is located to the north.

What’s in Edinburgh city centre?

Edinburgh city centre is full of museums, art galleries, music venues, and historic monuments. There are also plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy.

Does The University of Edinburgh provide accommodation?

The University of Edinburgh has many halls of residence, in and around the city centre. The university provides catered and self-catered accommodation for more than 9,000 students. Students will generally live in halls for their first year, before moving into student houses in Edinburgh city centre and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do students live in Edinburgh?

There isn’t one specific area in Edinburgh where students stay during their time at university. However, students do tend to live in student accommodation in Edinburgh city centre, Brunswick, Fountainbridge, Leith Walk, Marchmont, Morningside, Stockbridge, Trinity, and the West End.

Is Edinburgh city centre safe?

Edinburgh is considered a very safe city so you should feel secure living in student accommodation in Edinburgh city centre.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Edinburgh city centre are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Edinburgh city centre can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Edinburgh city centre are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Edinburgh.

Latest student property news in Edinburgh

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