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The Mousetrap


Leith Depot


Pilrig Park


Edinburgh Waverley Station




The Mousetrap


Leith Depot


Pilrig Park


Edinburgh Waverley Station


About student living in Leith Walk


Leith Walk is one of the longest streets in Edinburgh, running between the city centre and Leith. Several buses run through the area, making it extremely well-connected and convenient. Student houses on Leith Walk are just a fifteen-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station and less than a twenty-minute walk from the University of Edinburgh.


Student accommodation in Leith Walk is close to two large green spaces, Leith Links and Pilrig Park. Leith Links is a popular spot for sports activities due to its size, while Pilrig Park is the perfect place to hang out with friends, relax on the grass and enjoy the shade from the trees.

Food and Drink

There is a wide array of bars, restaurants, and pubs close to Leith Walk student accommodation. Enjoy tapas and mezze-style dishes at La Casa, or rustic Italian cuisine at Origano Cafe & Pizzeria. You’ll have loads of choices for drinks, with Alhambra Bar, Victoria Bar, Brass Monkey and Bier Hoose all in the area. Plus, you can round off the night with takeaway fries from Frites.


There’s lots to do in Leith Walk. Student accommodation in Leith Walk is close to several gyms where you can use the equipment or take classes. Leith Depot put on a great night, sporting a range of events from pub quizzes to stand-up comedy and live performances. Or, you can head to The Mousetrap for live music and a game of pinball.


Leith Walk student accommodation is surrounded by places to shop. You can pick up all your essentials at Tesco, Lidl, Sainsbury’s Local, or Hing Sing Chinese Supermarket. If you’re on the hunt for a good bargain, there are lots of reasonably-priced independent shops and thrift stores to browse. Or, you can explore Newkirkgate Shopping Centre at the end of Leith Walk for more high-street shopping opportunities.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Leith Walk

Is Leith Walk a student area?

Located within commutable distance of the University of Edinburgh, with lots of bars, pubs, and restaurants, Leith Walk is a popular student area. Student accommodation in Leith Walk, Edinburgh is usually in high demand.

How long is Leith Walk?

Leith Walk itself is around a kilometre long, although there are also adjoining roads that are sometimes referred to as part of Leith Walk.

Where is Leith Walk, Edinburgh?

Leith Walk runs between Edinburgh city centre and the area of Leith in the north of Edinburgh.

Is Leith Walk safe?

As long as you take sensible precautions, you should feel perfectly safe living in student accommodation in Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Despite it being a busy area, residents report it being generally safe.

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 houses in Leith Walk, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh city centre, Brunswick, Marchmont, Morningside, Stockbridge, Trinity, and the West End.

Is Leith Walk a nice place to live?

Leith Walk is a great place to live with a buzzing nightlife and lots of restaurants and shops to explore. You’ll never get bored living in student houses in Leith Walk.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Leith Walk 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 Leith Walk 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 Leith Walk 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.

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