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Recently named ‘European Destination of the Year’ at the World Travel Awards, Edinburgh is a city where you can focus on what you want most from your student experience. There’s plenty going on in Scotland’s capital to offer you a range of experiences all year round, and with our Edinburgh student accommodation being at the hub of it all, all you’ll need to decide is what to enjoy first.

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You’ll be right at home with the 40,000-strong student community studying across the city’s four universities: the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, and Edinburgh Napier University.
There are plenty of study resources easily available in the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. And when it comes to socialising, the city’s best hangouts will be just a short distance away when you live in our student accommodation in Edinburgh.


Out and about

Eating Out
With lots of great cafés, sandwich shops and Holyrood Park so close by, there’s always somewhere great to go for lunch as you’re also never far from some of the best bars and restaurants in the city when you live in our Edinburgh student accommodation. From the budget-friendly like Nando’s, Pho Vietnam House and Wannaburger, to the dining refinement of The Kitchin or Martin Wishart, there’s something for all occasions in Edinburgh.
Sporting Spotlights
Murrayfield Stadium is home to the Scottish Rugby Union team and hosts many major international fixtures. Edinburgh also has two Scottish Premier League football clubs – Hibernian and Hearts – as well as prominent basketball and ice hockey teams, so there’s plenty of top-level sport to enjoy. The city’s universities have gym and sports facilities on campus, which are just a short walk from our student flats and there is also a gym at the Meadows. For a change of pace, a short trip to the overlooking Pentland Hills offers skiing, cycling and climbing opportunities.
Culture Corners
During summer, Edinburgh hosts the biggest international arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The festival attracts the biggest names and up-and-coming stars of comedy and entertainment. In the winter, the city holds a three-day New Year celebration and the world-famous Hogmanay Street Party. From whisky tours, to Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, to the Highlands and Islands, there’ll always be a great place to take a break from your studies. Cinemas are close by to our student accommodation, and can be found at Fountain Park, Lothian Road, the Omni Centre and Ocean Terminal.
Evening Entertainment
However you like to unwind after a day’s studying, you’re sure to find the perfect pub, bar or club in Edinburgh to help you relax. Cabaret Voltaire is home to a variety of student-friendly nights throughout the week, with indie night Sick Note offering free entry. The Liquid Room is a great place to see the latest musical talent on offer in Scotland. Or check out The Caves in Cowgate for funk, house techno and more played by Edinburgh’s top DJs and live acts.

Around you

Getting Around
Many places are within walking distance, and easy transport options will take you further afield when you live in our properties. Lothian buses run a well-connected bus system that reaches all areas of the city. There’s also a free shuttle bus from Potterrow, just minutes away from the University of Edinburgh’s main campus. If you’re going south of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Waverley train station offers a reliable service. The 100 bus service links the city to Edinburgh Airport giving access to continental Europe.
Health and Wellbeing
Your university will offer welfare, financial and career advice to all its students and these can be found in various advice clinics across campus. Gilmore Medical Practice at Tollcross is also easy to get to. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is a short distance away should you need to use its services. If you need to access the hospital, the staff at our properties will be happy to help you make travel arrangements.
There are plenty of shops, banks and supermarkets ranging from express supermarkets to specialist stores. The Holyrood area has a Tesco Express which is perfect for convenient food shopping. A Co-operative food store is also nearby, as are plenty of sandwich shops and bookshops so you’ll be close to all the refreshments and resources you need to succeed.
High Street Highlights
The Grassmarket area is a very popular shopping destination, with cafés and boutique shops all overlooked by Edinburgh Castle. For a more extensive range of shops, head for Princes Street and George Street which offer high street and designer stores such as Jenners and John Lewis. Princes Mall, St James Centre and Ocean Terminal also boast shopping malls if you’d rather head indoors to do your shopping.