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Platform 5


Haymarket Station


National Gallery of Modern Art


Traverse Theatre


The University of Edinburgh


Platform 5


Haymarket Station


National Gallery of Modern Art


Traverse Theatre


The University of Edinburgh


About student living in West End


Edinburgh’s West End is a central and well-connected area. Student accommodation in the West End benefits from being very close to Haymarket train station. It’s just a ten-minute train journey to Edinburgh Waverley Station and the centre of Edinburgh. You can walk to the University of Edinburgh in just half an hour, or reach the campus on public transport in twenty minutes.


The West End is an idyllic area, lined with quaint, attractive streets. When living in student accommodation in Edinburgh’s West End, be sure to talk a walk around the area to soak in your beautiful surroundings. You’ll stumble across lots of pretty crescents and green spaces. The West End is also close to The Water of Leith, so you can take a stroll by the waterside.

Food and Drink

A buzzy and lively area, Edinburgh’s West End is unsurprisingly packed with restaurants, bars, and pubs. Head to Pomo Pizzeria for classic Italian dishes and cocktails in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a casual drink at Teuchters or soak in the lively atmosphere at Indigo Yard. Malones is a traditional Irish pub with a twist, offering gourmet burgers and live music, while Platform 5 is a relaxed boozer offering delicious pub grub. With so much to choose from, you’ll never be short of options while living in student houses in the West End.


The West End is the heart of Edinburgh’s cultural scene. The National Gallery of Modern Art is not far from student houses in the West End, and offers a wide range of exhibitions to explore. You can also experience some brilliant live theatre at the Lyceum Theatre or the Traverse Theatre. Or, if you’re looking for something more unique, why not take a tour of the Edinburgh Gin Distillery?


When you live in student houses in Edinburgh’s West End, you’ll have lots of shopping options. The area benefits from being close to the city centre, so there are lots of interesting independent shops to explore, particularly on and around Stafford Street. Check out Paper Tiger for quirky stationary options, or FOPP for unique books and arthouse DVDs.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in West End

Is the Edinburgh West End a student area?

Student houses in Edinburgh’s West End are extremely popular due to the convenient location close to the city centre and campus, the affordability of properties, and the lively, trendy atmosphere.

Is the West End of Edinburgh safe?

Edinburgh is generally considered to be a safe city, so you should feel secure living in student accommodation in Edinburgh’s West End as long as you take appropriate and sensible precautions.

Where is the West End of Edinburgh?

Unsurprisingly, the West End of Edinburgh is located on the western edge of Edinburgh's city centre. It is very close to Haymarket.

Is the University of Edinburgh in the West End?

The University of Edinburgh’s main campus is not located in the West End, but it is only a thirty-minute walk away. The main campus is in Southbridge.

How far is the West End, Edinburgh, from Princes Street?

The West End is 1.4 kilometres from Princes Street. It takes approximately twenty minutes to walk there, or you can get there via tram in just over ten minutes.

Does the University of Edinburgh provide accommodation?

The University of Edinburgh has halls of residence that house more than 9,000 students. Students will typically live in these halls for their first year, before moving into student accommodation in the West End and the surrounding areas for their second and third years.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in the West End 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 the West End 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 the West End 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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